Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Sep 9, 2013
    Jane Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Planning a vacation to WDW in Mar14, 3rd week. This is kinda overwhelming. 2 families, 2 adults w/2 kids (8,2) and 2 adults. What are the best options, places to stay, food plan best option, character breakfasts are a must!

    Hi, Jane!

    Not to worry! I remember feeling overwhelmed when planning my first couple of family trips to Walt Disney World. You can do this; we can help!

    First, decide on a budget. What will make you comfortable? There are so many options, you can easily plan a visit that stays within your comfort zone yet accommodates your entire party in a resort that's just right for you. Start by playing with WDW's "Price Your Vacation" feature that's right on their homepage. Enter dates and details for either your entire party or just one family, as an example. (Will you want to stay in one room with multiple bedrooms? Would you rather have two separate spaces? WDW can offer you both.)

    Next, see what additional features are offered.  For example, if you think you'd like to stay longer and not visit water parks, don't opt for the Water Park Fun & More Option. (It's could be pool weather, but on your first visit, you may want to focus on the four main theme parks.) Instead, stay an extra night. Regarding Dining Plans, decide if your group will want to sit down about once a day to enjoy a relaxing, delicious meal at a Table Service Restaurant. If so, add on the Disney Dining Plan.

    Once you see what your options are, you can better determine what will make your entire party happy. The next step is to book your Advanced Dining Reservations. Favorites include Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace and Cinderella's Royal Table. Guests can book these ADRs 180 days in advance, so you can even book some dining reservations now, making changes if you need to do so at a future date.

    It's a lot to think of, Jane, but you can do it! We can help you, too! Just send questions as you go through each step of your planning; we'll be glad to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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