• On Feb 19, 2017
    Yvette from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning our first trip to Disney with our two kids, ages 8 and 10. Where do we start with planning? Benefits of staying at a Disney resort? 

    Hi Yvette,

    Thank you for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. How exciting to be planning your first trip to Walt Disney World!

    I think that your instinct of looking for a place to stay first is a good one. I typically recommend that guests begin planning by choosing a resort at which to stay. Especially for your first visit, I do suggest that you stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. There are many different themes and price points for these resort hotels. As you mention, there are benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. Some of the most important for me are the complimentary and frequent transportation options around Walt Disney World, as well as access to Extra Magic Hours, which allow you to spend extra time in certain theme parks on certain days. Other benefits include complimentary MagicBands and early access to making Disney FastPass+ selections.

    I also suggest that each member of your traveling party view the Walt Disney World planning video online. This will start to give you an idea of what you would like to experience while on your vacation.

    There are sometimes special offers for Walt Disney World vacations for Canadian residents, so do be sure to look for those in your planning.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Yvette. Please do let us know if you have any further questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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