• On Jun 30, 2009
    David from NE 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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    When I think of visiting WDW, all that comes to mind are long lines, hot weather, and high costs. What am I missing that makes WDW a great vacation?

       Do you remember the breath-taking moment in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy leaves the world of black and white and enters the world of OZ?  That is what happens to be me each time we enter WDW. The landscaping changes, the urban clutter disappears, even the street signs take on their own color. It is pure magic.
       For my family, it is a time for us to reconnect, to unwind, to celebrate our family; we can have fun together because there is truly something for everyone, regardless of age. To think our youngest son had his first haircut at the barbershop at the Magic Kingdom, he and his brother have battled Darth Vadar, they've searched for treasure on the Seven Seas Lagoon. As a family, we've explored the secrets of the Magic Kingdom looking for something Peter Pan hid, we've woken up in our resort to see giraffes right outside our balcony. My oldest son and I have even run a 5K through the Animal Kingdom.
       And oh yea, we've ridden a few rides -- never waiting longer than 30 minutes, even during the busy holiday season.  Through careful planning and asking questions (that's what we Disney Moms are here for) we've been able to keep the long lines at bay and remain within a budget. To help, I'm a big fan of following the weekly newsletter from as well as the monthly newsletter at   
       We visit most often in June when it is certainly hot and humid, but so many of the attractions are out of the sun and inside in the cool air conditioning that we can avoid much of the heat. Not to mention, the wonderfully themed pools at the resorts are perfect for afternoon breaks and midnight swims after a day at the park.  
       Trying not to sound too much like a cliche, but while at WDW, I feel like we have the magic of Christmas morning everyday. My family is filled with smiles, we laugh and giggle, and we learn to enjoy each again which is easy to overlook in this fast-paced technological world. Like I said, pure magic!
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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