Family on Big Thunder Mountain
  • On Nov 18, 2019
    Mark from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is it impossible to plan a disney trip for my family of 5 , kids ages 5, 7 and 14 in two to three weeks? It will be a first time for the younger ones and a third time for the 14 yr old. Second time for mom and Dad.

    Hi, Mark!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm the type of person who is already planning my next Walt Disney World Resort vacation before my current trip has even ended.  Even though I tend to plan my visits far in advance, I don't think there could ever be a bad time to think a happy thought, sprinkle a little pixie dust and fly off to the Most Magical Place on Earth!  Although you may not have all of your first choices for Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, dining reservations, and FastPass+ selections, a spontaneous Walt Disney World Resort visit is still a great idea.  There really is something to be said about having the flexibility to just live in the moment and let the magic unfold! 

    I did a quick search for Walt Disney World Resort Hotel availability based on your party size and arrival date.  I'm happy to tell you that there were still a few resort hotels showing availability for the first week of December.  Since many Walt Disney World Resort Hotel rooms can only accommodate up to four guests, you might find even more availability if you are willing to split your party up into two separate rooms.  If you need some assistance with booking your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel stay, feel free to call the Help Center phone number for resort hotel reservations to speak with a Cast Member.

    Once you know where you will be staying, be sure to purchase your theme park tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.  Once your tickets are linked, you can start making your FastPass+ selections.  I would then check availability for dining reservations.  Guests change their plans often, so keep checking on those dining reservations as it gets closer to your visit.  You never know when you might be able to snag a popular dining reservation at the last minute.  Keep in mind that there are also lots of great Quick-Service dining options throughout the Walt Disney World Resort that you can enjoy without a reservation.  Woody's Lunch Box is my personal favorite!

    One other thing that you might want to look into is purchasing Memory Maker.  Memory Maker gives you unlimited downloads of your Disney PhotoPass Service pictures so that you can relive all of your magical memories for yEARs to come.  I think that when you see those smiling faces in your vacation photos, you will be so glad that you took this spur of the moment trip!

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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