Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Mar 9, 2022
    Kelly from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a trip to Disney World in early of October. We are a family of 4 with two young kids, one of which will be 1. I am trying to decide what types of tickets to purchase, dinning cards, etc and how all of this works. We will be staying at Contemporary

    Hi Kelly! Welcome to planDisney!

    How exciting that you're planning a trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth for this fall! Early October is a perfect time to visit! The weather is usually pleasant, you'll most likely be there during the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival and other festive autumn/Halloween celebrations such as Disney's After Hours Boo Bash, and last, but certainly not least, October 1st is the 51st anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, and the 18-month long 50th-anniversary celebration will still be going on!  While some of these events do not have release dates yet, based on past years I think you'll fall into a sweet spot! 

    If this is your first time visiting the Resort you've picked such a perfect location to stay! I love so many Disney Resorts Collection hotels, but having the Monorail glide right through the center of Disney's Contemporary Resort just makes staying there a little more magical.  We love the Resort because of its location.  Not only are you able to take the monorail to both Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, but the best part is you don't have to fold your stroller when you board! That means that if your little one is snoozing, you won't have to worry about waking them to get back and forth.  

    When deciding on the type of Theme Park Tickets you wish to purchase, you'll need to make some choices based on your family's preferences.  With a Standard Theme Park Ticket, you'll be able to visit one Park per day.  If you decide you'd like to see more than one Park per day, you'll want to add the Park Hopper Option, which allows you to "hop" to another Park anytime after 2 p.m. each day. You also have the choice to add on days at the Water Parks, like Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  

    Once you've made your decisions you can purchase your tickets right online! Your youngest, being under age 3, does not require a ticket to enter the Theme Parks.  The same goes for your other little one if he/she is also under 3 years old at the time of your trip. When it comes to dining, your infant will eat free at buffet and family-style restaurants.  Right now the Disney Dining Plan is temporarily unavailable, but you can still budget ahead of time! If you purchase Disney Gift Cards before your trip (available at most retail stores) you'll be able to "pay" off some of your dining before you even arrive! You can use these Gift Cards at most dining options in the Parks.

    I hope this information was helpful Kelly, but please feel free to ask me anything else you may have questions about! Happy planning!
    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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