• On Aug 31, 2018
    Melissa from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning my familys 1st trip to disney and need some advice please as I don't even know where to start. Do I need the park hopper tickets, the fast pass thing, dining....I'm so lost!

    Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for visiting Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hakuna Matata, Melissa. No worries! Know that you're off to a great start in planning your first Walt Disney World vacation. Know also that each of us at Disney Parks Moms Panel is here to help you.

    My go-to suggestion for first-time Guests is to check out the free vacation planning videos. You'll have the ability to customize your planning to see recommendations designed for your family. You'll get to see highlights from the theme parks, the attractions and entertainment, the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, the fabulous dining offerings and more. You'll get lots of ideas. My personal take on the Park Hopper Option for theme park tickets is that it gives you choices for making the most magic in your days. When it comes to FastPass+, the answer is simply YES! You can use all your advance planning time to get familiar with the attractions, entertainment, and character experiences so that you can make your FastPass+ selections at your earliest opportunity. When it comes to dining, I encourage you to check out the Dining Plans because they can give you the convenience of pre-paid meals and the flexibility to enjoy the many dining experiences all around Walt Disney World. I certainly encourage a character dining experience or another distinctive Walt Disney World dining experience, and you'll want to be mindful of making advanced dining reservations. I also encourage you to explore all the Walt Disney World Resort hotels so that you can enjoy all their benefits when enjoying their accommodations.

    Melissa, let us know your questions!

    Enjoy your Disney!

    Jerry
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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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