• On Jan 9, 2008
    Carmen from IL 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.

    I really want to take my kids (2-9) this year to Disney, I went more than 10 years ago and my parents took care of everything, so, my question is, where should I start?

    You're in luck because planning a trip to Walt Disney World is half the fun!  Okay, okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but the planning is exciting.  If I were you, I would start with determining a time frame for the trip.  Things to consider are crowd levels, weather, and special events you might enjoy.  Secondly, I'd decide on a resort hotel.  There are plenty of choices to fit every taste and budget.  You also need to consider your ticketing options and figure out what add-ons (if any) you'd like to purchase.  Options include park hopping privileges, admission to the water parks and DisneyQuest, and the "no expiration" option.  Once you have those decisions made you can start to focus on a flexible schedule that will work well for your family.  In other words, decide which parks you'll visit on which day.  You can design your itinerary to be as rigid or as flexible as you like, though I'd recommend leaving some wiggle room.  As you create your schedule, consider whether or not you'll utilize Extra Magic Hours.  Once you have a rough idea of what your touring schedule looks like you can incorporate restaurant choices.  Dining reservations can be made at 180 days out by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 

    I hope that I've helped you to get a general idea of things to consider.  As you begin putting together your own dream vacation you'll likely run in to many more specific questions.  When you get to that point, you're welcome to come back and ask away!  Happy Planning!
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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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