• On Jun 15, 2018
    Vanessa from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello ladies, so im planning my first vacation to Florida next month! I have not purchased any park tickets yet since there are so many options. Any advice? I can really use it. Its our first family vacay. We are so excited to take the kids!! Thank you

    Hi Vanessa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to plan your first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. My family likes to break out the dance moves to celebrate!

    Time is of the essence. If possible, stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. Doing so gives you access to special benefits only available to resort hotel guests - Extra Magic Hours, for example, will give you additional time in the parks. Check the Special Offers to see if either of them is applicable to the dates of your visit - the Incredible Summer Room and Ticket Offer might work.

    Once you make your reservation and/or have your theme park tickets, be sure that you have created a My Disney Experience account online. You will need to link your vacation package and/or tickets to that account. Once you have valid theme park tickets and those are linked in My Disney Experience, you can make Fast Pass+ selections. I also suggest making a few dining reservations for character meals. My family prefers to visit with characters while dining rather than standing in line to see them.

    My most important suggestion is to use all of these planning tools prior to your visit. Then, when you get to the parks, use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to make changes and/or add to your existing plans. We use the mobile app to check ride wait times and add Fast Pass+ selections. 

    Vanessa, I trust that this first visit will be amazing!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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