• On Sep 26, 2018
    Alison from FL 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 wanna start planning my vacation but I have not set a date yet and I haven't been to Disney in 15 years. How should I get started? I don't know what all Disney offers, Our vacation will both parents, two grandparents and three kids.

    Hi Alison,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I assume everyone has joined the dance party to celebrate your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    There certainly have been quite a few changes in the last 15 years. When I started planning our first trip with the girls a lot had changed since my last visit, so I started with reading the website - on the website are links with the headings "Places to Stay," "Things to Do," and "Learn About" (towards the bottom of the page). I reviewed the information on Special Offers, Vacation Packages, and Dining Plans. From there, I decided which resort hotel type we preferred (given our budget) and I decided to purchase the Disney Dining Plan. Since we were traveling with grandparents on that first trip, we chose a two-bedroom villa that could sleep eight at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. With two bathrooms, a kitchen and a washer/dryer, it was perfect for our family. There are other deluxe and deluxe villa options that could accommodate your family.

    Once you have familiarized yourself with the Walt Disney World website, pick a few different date options to price. I always make note of the price with and without a dining plan. Having said that, food can be expensive, so we typically find that a dining plan is a better value for us. It also helps me to estimate how much our food costs are actually going to be. 

    Alison, once you know your dates, I suggest that you book a vacation package as soon as possible, especially if planning to visit during the winter holiday season!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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