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  • On May 17, 2011
    Melissa from KY 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 have a 2year old and a 1 year old, we r planning to go in december, I have no clue where to start. Please help!!!

    Hi Melissa!

    First let me say that Walt Disney World is the crown jewel of the theme park industry.  You can show up with little to no planning and still have a wonderful vacation.  That said, planning can help you do a little bit more, experience a few of the most popular things that will fill up otherwise (such as the most popular dining places), and perhaps save a little money.

    Have you ordered the free Walt Disney World planning DVD?  It's a good place to start. I also recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal. There are a lot of good tour books out there, but I especially like this for first timers as it is packed with photos and some good tips; the photos help to get everybody excited for the trip and give a glimpse of all of the wonderful things to do inside and outside of the theme parks.
    One of the biggest mistakes a first timer sometimes makes is not making dining reservations.  Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be critical if you want to dine in a Table Service (full service) restaurant.  You may make on-line reservations here.  ADRs are allowed up to 180 days in advance.  There are several restaurants with characters at various meals.  My favorite is Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort.

    Hopefully this will get you started.  Write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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