Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Apr 17, 2009
    Patty from CT 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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    planning our 1st trip in july 2010 how far ahead should i book? also planning a disney trip is very confusing is there any other helpful sites or recommended books to check out thanks im sure ill have many more ques.


    Thanks for coming to the panel for our thoughts on your first trip!

    Did you know that in a month or so, you can actually book your vacation?  You can make reservations for any trip with Disney up to 399 days from your arrival!  My advice: once you know your dates and your resort choice, book your room.  You can always change your reservation if a special becomes available!  (Sign up for the newsletter from to keep on top of Disney specials!)

    If you haven't chosen your resort, I recommend choosing one based on your budget and what amenities you'd like.  Click on the Discover tab on the Disney website and just explore!  I also like the pictures of the resorts found at 

    Over the next few months, take the time to visit our archives of questions from folks just like you, especially under the category of "First Visit."  I also suggest purchasing a Disney travel book from an unbiased source.  (I like the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World--it looks intimidating, but don't read the chapters that you won't need!) 

    Closer to the time of your visit (say, next Spring), map out a general itinerary for your visit around which parks you'll visit on which days.  My general rules of thumb for parks: the larger parks (Epcot & Animal Kingdom) on the weekends and the smaller parks (Magic Kingdom & Disney Studios) during the weekdays.  And if you don't have park hopper passes, avoid the parks with Magic Hours (they post these 90 days in advance).

    Once you have a general itinerary, decide which restaurants you want to is a good source for dining menus!

    That's a good start.  And we'll welcome your questions along the way! 

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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