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  • On Aug 20, 2019
    Amelia from OK Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    So i want to to plan a Disney trip for my family of 6. We want to plan ahead cause we know it’s going to be expensive and make payments. Where would I even start and what are some must do things to do at Walt Disney ? Thank you !!

    Hi Amelia,

    HOW EXCITING! I'm thrilled to hear that you're planning a visit to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for you and your Mouseketeers to enjoy together. You're going to LOVE it and make memories that you'll all cherish forever!

    One great place to start when you're first dreaming about a Disney vacation is with some of the wonderful online planning videos. They'll put you in the perfect mood to turn all of your Disney dreams into reality. Once you've watched some of those, you'll want to choose the Disney Resort hotel where you'd like to stay and decide how many days you'd like to visit the theme parks so that you can purchase your Disney Resort Hotel Package. I'm happy to let you know that yes, you'll be able to make payments on it as you go! As far as how to plan your days, I'd definitely encourage you to visit each of the four theme parks at least once. You'll want to experience a mix of some of the classics like Dumbo The Flying Elephant, "it's a small world", and Jungle Cruise, but you'll also want to spend time enjoying some of the newest experiences, like Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land, and Pandora - The World of Avatar. Of course, no Disney vacation would be complete without some fun character meet and greets, immersive parades, and spectacular fireworks displays. You'll find magic all around you, and you're going to have a BLAST discovering your family's favorites!

    There are a few key dates along the way that you'll want to keep in mind as you're planning. All dining reservations open up 180 days in advance, which I know sounds really early, but you'd be surprised at how quickly some restaurants fill up. When you stay at a Disney Resort hotel, you'll have the added benefit of making all of your dining reservations (up to 10 days) at once, so that will help increase the chances of finding the perfect reservations. I'd definitely recommend at least one character dining experience - Chef Mickey's is a great first one, or if you have any princess lovers in your family, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or Cinderella's Royal Table would be perfect. You'll also want to make sure that you make three FastPass+ selections per day 60 days before your arrival if you choose a Disney Resort hotel or 30 days ahead of time if you stay elsewhere. This fantastic service will allow you to skip the standby lines and save you lots of time, allowing you to soak up even more magic and fun!

    I know there is a lot to think about, Amelia, so please feel free to bring us more questions as you're planning all the details of your trip. I hope that you and your entire family have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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