• On Jan 17, 2019
    Jennifer from IA 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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    Hello! I am planning a vacation to Disney in the fall and will be driving from Iowa. Any helpful tips or suggestions for our drive? We will be driving with 4 children ages 15-5. This will be their 1st long road trip so we are trying to make it memorable!

    Hello Jennifer and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    My very first trip to a Disney Destination involved piling into my mom's Dodge Duster and heading out for a cross-country adventure to the Disneyland Resort in California. When our girls were young, we did the same thing. But we headed East, to the Walt DisneyWorld Resort. So, I have been down that road- literally! I genuinely believe that all families should experience this type of road trip.  There are many ways to plan your journey so I will tell you my recommendations for the best trip possible.

    First, to make it memorable for all the right reasons, make sure you provide enough breaks and opportunities to see some of the fantastic sites along the way. This will also allow for much-needed energy expenditures.

    Second, pack a travel pack for each of the children with items and activities geared for them individually. You could even do a different kit for each day of the journey. Make sure in include some old school travel games like car bingo.

    Third, I highly recommend planning to stay at one of the outstanding Walt Disney World Resort hotels. For the size of your crew, my choice would be the Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. The cabins are private hideaways that sleep six and are nestled in a setting that feels remote but is only a short boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom Park. After a long drive, you will be able to put the keys away and enjoy the free transportation available across Walt Disney World.

    I hope this gives you a jump start on your planning!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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