Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Aug 1, 2011
    Jennifer from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I plan on visiting WDW for my son's 5th birthday - Dec. 28th (trip 12/27-01/2). This will be our first time. Interested in staying at AK villa but was wondering if it would be worth it. Want to make this trip memoriable. What type of pass would we need?

    Hi Jennifer!

    Unfortunately, only you can decide if a stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the money.  However, most guests would say it absolutely it!  The Animal Kingdom Lodge, both the regular hotel room and the villas, are fabulous!  The common areas and the grounds around the hotel are immensely themed and take you away from Florida!  Of course, the big draw is also the animals.  I don't know of any other hotel like it in the United States.  It's my 7 year old's favorite resort!

    From the dates you provided, you should consider getting a 6 or 7 day Magic Your Way ticket depending on whether you're going to enter the parks every day, and if you're going to go into them on the day you arrive and/or the day you leave.  The Park Hopper option would allow you to visit two or more theme parks on the same day, but it is not a necessity.  In fact you can wait until you get to Walt Disney World and are touring the parks to see if you need it; the option can be added at any time during your visit.  Just know that the Park Hopper option costs the same whether it is purchased on the first day of your visit or your last.

    Be sure to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs)!  ADRs can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.  ADRs will be critical when you are going if you want to dine at a Table Service (full service) restaurants.  Most will not take any walk ups. Walt Disney World Resort has some fantastic places to dine.  You might consider a Character Dining Experience for your son's birthday!

    By the way, since you said you are a first time visitor, I want to recommend that you get the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal. It's a great book for first timers, with just the right amount of information without being overwhelming. It's also a beautiful book, full of color photographs!

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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