• On Dec 30, 2017
    Liz from NY 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! Planning our first Disney family trip . We have a 4 yr old, 2 yr old and 7 month old. Staying outside Disney at orange lakes. Booked flight and car and car seats and I am clueless what to do next. Help! Suggestions greatly appreciated!

    Hi, Liz! Oh my goodness - your first Disney trip? I seriously cannot think of anything more exciting, but I know there's a bit of stress involved, too.

    The good news is, you've got some of the big items already covered. The next piece of the puzzle is purchasing your Walt Disney World theme park tickets. You'll want to decide the number of days you'll spend at the theme parks, and from there, whether you'll be interested in the park hopper option. This is a big decision with small children. Kids tend to get tired, and may not be able to hang all day at the park. If you think you'll want to keep your days on the shorter side, skip the option, but if you want to leave, take a nice mid-day break, and maybe come back to a different park for evening activities, it's a must have option. 

    Next, browse some of the amazing dining options. Do you want to do character dining, other table service experiences, or are you going to hit the many fantastic counter service options offered? Character meals book way in advance, so you want to make sure if you hope to dine with Chef Mickey or the princesses, you can make those reservations 180 days in advance. You can do it online or call 407-939-3463. 

    Lastly, check into any special activities. Do you want to do Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique with your 4 year old, or are there events like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party taking place during your visit? We'd be happy to help you figure out what events you may want to not miss.

    Happy planning, Liz! 
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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