• On Aug 20, 2012
    Jodie from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Moms! Love the panel! Our first WDW vacation is in 2 weeks (and the kids still don't know!)! All the reservations are booked, but I feel like I should be doing something more this close to the trip. Besides packing our bags, what else should we plan?

    Hi Jodie!

    Thank you for visiting the Moms Panel!  I am excited for you - your vacation is nearly here!

    As this is your first visit to Walt Disney World, it can be a little overwhelming, with so much choice, and so many decision to make.  I would recommend you have a look at the website at the Parks - to give you an overview of what is there, and which attractions you and your family might particularly enjoy.  I would also suggest looking at the Park Calendars for the days of your visit - these provide park opening/closing hours, and the times of some of the entertainment such as the parades and fireworks. The calendars will also show when each park is operating Extra Magic Hours (available to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests only, on select days the parks will open one hour early, or for a few hours after normal closing time).  I have put links to the calendars below:

    Magic Kingdom     Epcot     Hollywood Studios     Animal Kingdom

    Another good tip is to pick up a copy of the Park Map and Times Guide as you enter each park.  The Times Guide will list the entertainment schedules for that day, as well as details of which characters you can meet there, and where they will be.

    I always create a simple schedule, detailing each day's morning/afternoon/evening planned activities, including your dining plans and reservation numbers.

    I hope this has helped - if I can assist with anything else in the few days before your exciting vacation, please send me a direct question, and I will be happy to help you!
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Meet the Panelist: Susan, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm Sue from England, and am very proud to be a member of the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. I love visiting Walt Disney World and I look forward to answering your questions when you are planning your magical vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Susan

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