Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 22, 2009
    Tanya from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am taking my 4 year old boy, my 8 year old boy, and my 14 year old daughter to WDW for the first time. I am flying in, staying in an outside hotel, but I have NOOOO idea how to plan this.... park tickets, hopper, water, dining, anything... please help!!!

    Hi Tanya!

    You didn't mention why you are planning on staying off-site.  If it's due to budget concerns, you may want to research some of the special offers Disney is currently promoting - especially the Buy 4 Get 3 Free offer.  Another place I like to keep an eye out for discounts related to Disney is  This website will even post off-site deals which may also help you.

    I am a strong believer of staying on-site - you can't beat the convenience.  After flying in, you would be able to take advantage of Magical Express, possibly eliminating the need for a rental car.  Once on-site, you'll be able to take advantage of Disney's transportation (bus, boat, monorail).

    If you haven't already, I'd recommend ordering your free Disney vacation planning DVD.  This will  help you regardless if you are staying on or off-site. 

    Assuming you have your off site accommodations made, you can purchase your tickets on  You can research Dining options here and reservations can be made 90 days in advance (strongly recommended) by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

    Unfortunately, we have limited space in our answers...I'd love to go on and on!  After digesting the above, please send in any specific questions you have and we'll help you further!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Connecticut

I’m Diane from Connecticut. I love to travel  - especially to Walt Disney World! I am married with three children and telework as a product consultant. I believe Disney vacations are like snowflakes, no two are the same. Learn More About Diane

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