Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 6, 2012
    Amanda from AL 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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    I am planning our first trip to DW, I have three girls, 11,9,5. This will be the only trip we ever take there, what should we do. Were do I start planning, feeling overwhelmed and want it to be GREAT. Have an ideas on where to stay, all info is welcome

    Planning for a first trip can be a little overwhelming, Amanda, but you've come to the right place.  We're here to help!  I would recommend that you first choose when you're going to visit.  Once you've got your dates nailed down you should move on to deciding on a resort hotel.  I suggest checking out Port Orleans Riverside; it's a moderately-priced resort that offers sweet southern charm.  Next, it's important to establish a rough itinerary.  Decide which park(s) you'll visit each day of your trip.  That information will help you decide whether you need park hopper tickets or just the one-park-per-day variety.  From there, you'll want to consider dining plans and book your meal reservations.  I recommend doing so as soon as possible(up to 180 days in advance) because the most popular restaurants can book up early.  Lastly, if budget allows, you'll want to give consideration to any tours or special experiences that would suit your family.  All of these steps--completed one at a time--will lead your family to the GREAT vacation you're hoping for.  Do follow-up with the moms with specific questions with regard to your trip and we'd be happy to offer tried and true advice on the planning details. 
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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