• On May 6, 2021
    Team from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Looking to plan a first time trip to disney around thanks giving of 2021 is that possible and looking for help in planing due to I never have been there. It would be a family of four 2 adults and 2 12 year old kids looking a starwars galaxy edge and other

    Hi Team,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    How exciting to plan your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! I am happy to give a few planning tips. The great news is that there are so many tools on the Walt Disney World website. Once you get familiar with those tools, you will be a Walt Disney World planner extraordinaire!

    First, I suggest that you create a My Disney Experience account. Once that account is created, add profiles in the My Family and Friends List for your family members and select the option to manage all of their plans. Once you have that My Disney Experience account created, to review your account, just go to the Walt Disney World website and click on My Disney Experience (the link is on the right-hand side of the web page). From there, you can also see the My Family & Friends List.

    Next, I suggest you book a vacation package with resort hotel and theme park tickets. From the vacation package planning page, click on Book your Walt Disney World Vacation today. Although I linked the vacation package planning page above, the link to search for vacation packages is at the bottom of the Walt Disney World Resort website under Places to Stay. My family prefers resort hotels with walking paths to one or more theme parks. Our favorite resort hotels are Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's BoardWalk Villas.

    Once you have a vacation package booked, make sure to link it in My Disney Experience. Log into My Disney Experience, click on My Plans, scroll down, and then click on the plus sign to Add More Plans. Once you click to Add More Plans, you should see an option to Link Reservations and Purchases. Using the confirmation you received via email when you booked the vacation package, you would link that package to your My Disney Experience account.

    After linking your vacation package, you should then be able to make Disney Park Pass system reservations. Currently, Guests need park pass reservations for each day that they have valid park admission. Given that the time of year you are planning to visit could be busy, I also highly recommend that you make advanced dining reservations 60-days prior to arrival. On our most recent visit, our dining reservations were a life saver. On each restaurant's web page, you can View Menu to check the food options and prices. I suggest that you use those menus to estimate food costs for your trip.

    As you continue to plan, be sure to review the virtual queue process for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and keep an eye on the operational updates since policies and procedures could change. Gather your forces and join our Resistance allies on Batuu as we take a stand against the First Order. We await your arrival with haste!

    Good journey,

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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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