Mom And Son On Run
  • On Feb 28, 2012
    Bonita Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm a single mom and I'm splurging this year and taking my 11 year old son to Disney for the 1st time. I've never been myself. We are staying at All Star Movies Resort June 1-8th. Any advice on where to start when we get there?

    Hi Bonita!

    Thanks for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.  The first steps are figuring out when you will be visiting and where you will be staying, so you are well on your way.  The next step is making Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs).  ADRs are critical if you want to dine in any Table Service (full service) restaurants, including Disney Character Dining Experiences.  ADRs can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  ADRs can be made up to 180 days in advance and some restaurants actually fill up close to that, so I suggest doing this as soon as possible.

    To help you plan your days, I suggest visiting the independent website TouringPlans.com.  That's the website for the research team behind the tour book "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World".  They are famous in the Disney fan community for producing a crowd calendar.  It predicts the crowd levels in each park on specific days.  They recommend what parks to visit on which days and what parks to avoid.  You can use that information to help you plan your trip.  Their recommendations are based on a lot of math and years of data collection.  As an engineer, I'm a huge fan of their work.

    Also, you should consider getting the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal.  It's a great book for first time visitors, as it is full of information, but is not overwhelming.  It is also a beautiful book full of color photographs.  It will give you a good feel of everything there is to do at Walt Disney World. 

    I hope this helps!  By the way, my 12 year old son really loves both water parks, so if your son loves swimming keep Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon in mind when you plan your trip!  Write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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