• On May 21, 2012
    Deborah from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    im losing my mind... this is all so overwhelming and we dont even know where to start... this will be our first family trip to dw. we have two girls 6 / 3 and we need to find the best time to go, and the best value / lodging. dining plan/hopper needed?

    Hi Deborah,


    Planning your first trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming, so take a deep breathe and know we are here to help you!  I would recommend the following like about planning your first trip and suggest you order your free Disney Vacation DVD.  I find the best time to go (if you don't need to worry about school) is September, October, or January.  These times will be the best value and the least crowds.  The Value Resorts on Walt Disney World property are fantastic, and the Art of Animation Resort is brand new with wonderful themed rooms from "The Little Mermaid", The Lion King," and "Finding Nemo."  Once you pick your resort, you can add the Disney Dining Plan and Magic Your Way Tickets.  You will have up to 180 days before your vacation to make Advanced Dining Reservations as well.  But first, you will need to pick when it is the right time to visit for your family and where you are going to stay.  There are several planning books available as well.  I would order the DVD and look through the above websites.  Please know we are here to help you with anything you need.  Just send me another question when you have one.  Good luck!  I just know that your vacation will be magical!
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Meet the Panelist: Laura, Indiana

I am a family practice physician and mother of three children.  I would love to answer any questions about Disney Vacation Club and my most favorite place in the whole world:  Walt Disney World!  Let me sprinkle some magic in your life! Learn More About Laura

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