• On Oct 12, 2018
    Karen from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Looking to plan an 85th birthday at DisneyWorld for our mom - next November (2019). Where do we start?

    Hi Karen,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We love celebrating birthdays at the Walt Disney World Resort and you certainly have a special one to celebrate!

    First, I suggest you get a sense of the potential cost of your vacation package. I always check prices for the year prior to our visit just to get an idea of the price and then, I keep checking to see when special offers come out that are applicable to the dates of our visit. Be sure to check out the special offers for Canadian guests. I also suggest that you price a few different resort hotel options. Although my family prefers deluxe and deluxe villa hotels, there are also moderate and value resort hotels. Price your package with theme park tickets and with a dining plan. We typically find a dining plan to be a good value, but you will need to consider your family's dining habits. Once you have an estimated cost, then share that info with each family member if people are splitting the cost of the stay. That will give everyone time to save money for the vacation! We even have our girls save their money in a jar on the kitchen table. 

    Second, once you reserve your vacation package, be sure to make advanced dining reservations. Reservations are critical, especially for large parties. Although you can make reservations for larger parties online, I prefer to call 407-939-1947 to speak with someone in dining. When I traveled with 27 colleagues this summer, we enjoyed dinner at Trail's End Restaurant.

    Finally, consider your November dates carefully. You may want to arrive during the holiday celebrations. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and The Candlelight Processional are two of my favorite experiences!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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