Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jan 31, 2012
    Julie 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.

    We are traveling to Disneyworld for the first time in February with our son, who is 10, and our daughter, who is 8. We are passholders at Disneyland in California. Where do you recommend we stay and how many days should we spend at Disneyworld, Epcot, etc.

    Hi, Julie!  How exciting it is to be headed to your first visit to Walt Disney World!  

    There are resorts that are designed to suit every budget, so you can find everything from a Value resort themed after some of your favorite movies or sports all the way to the Deluxe resorts like the Contemporary, where the Walt Disney World monorail runs right through your resort!  You might even want to check out the pirate themed rooms at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.  

    As for how many days you may want to spend, while it depends on the amount of time you have, I'd say you want to do at least one full day at each of the theme parks.  As pass holders at Disneyland, you may be able to breeze through the Magic Kingdom, as there are many familiar things, but as often as I've been there, it still is a full day park for me - and sometimes two full days if my kids get their way.  The only park I think you might be able to do in a little less than a full 8 or 10 hour day would be Disney's Animal Kingdom.  The park generally closes a little bit earlier than the others, and while I can easily stay from open until close, my kids (11, 7, and 20) like to hit their favorite attractions and then head to another park.

    If you are going to be doing any special dining experiences, I highly recommend making reservations.  You can do that online by clicking Walt Disney World Dining.  The popular meals can book up quickly.

    Have an absolutely magical time on your first vacation to Walt Disney World!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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