• On Feb 23, 2017
    Krista from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    June will be my first trip to DW. I am taking my son (2), my Mom, my sister, and my niece (5). I am not ever sure where to begin on what to book and look for. We are staying off site, but want to visit Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Can you help?

    Hi Krista,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting that you are planning your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. Planning your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort can be just as fun as it is overwhelming!

    First, if possible, consider staying at a Resort Hotel. I suggest taking a look at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. They have family suites themed after The Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars movies. Staying on site gives you access to Extra Magic Hours and you can make your Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days in advance.

    Once you select your hotel, make a reservation!

    Next, you need to set up a My Disney Experience Account. I suggest that you add family and friends to your "My Family and Friends List." If you stay off-site, once you purchase your theme park tickets, link your tickets to your My Disney Experience Account and you can make Fast Pass+ reservations 30 days in advance.

    Then, start making Dining Reservations. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance and restaurants fill quickly, especially for Character Meals. We love Chef Mickey's!

    Finally, review Park Hours for the dates you plan to visit. Both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom have attraction lists.

    I hope this helps!


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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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