• On Jan 14, 2017
    Cristal from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am a young single mother of 2 adorable kids less than a year apart. I want to plan my VACA about 3 yrs out and have absolutely no idea as to how to plan this magical trip to make it "THE PERFECT FAMILY TRIP".

    Hi Cristal,

    How wonderful to be planning your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! I can imagine the excitement in your household. I have to say, you are earning an "A" with your early planning! With our first trip with the girls, we decided early on which resort we wanted to experience. There are Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, and Deluxe Villa Resorts. While all are lovely, the Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts typically have more amenities. When we planned our first trip with our girls, I priced a vacation at our resort of choice just to get an idea of how much money we needed to save. I also researched different transportation options so we could factor the cost of getting there into our saving plan. Then I had our girls decorate a big jar and they used that jar to save their souvenir money. While they saved, we saved to pay for the vacation package!

    I suggest that you create a My Disney Experience Account so that you can link your resort, dining, and Fast Pass+ reservations. We booked our Character Meals 180 days in advance and we booked our Fast Pass+ reservations 60 days in advance. We also always purchase a Dining Plan so that we know about how much we will spend for food. 

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

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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