Port Orleans Riverside Pool
  • On Oct 16, 2017
    Kim from MI Asked

    How do I begin planning our first trip to Disney. We have three boys, ages 5, 7, and 12. We are staying at Port Orleans and will be in the parks for four days in Feb 2018. How do I start making selections and plans? Thank you.

    Hi Kim,

    The Rebel Forces will be thrilled to learn that you are bringing additional recruits to battle the Dark Side. Time is of the essence. We must plan accordingly!

    Before you do anything, be sure you have created a My Disney Experience Account. Link your resort hotel reservation to this account. When you make dining reservations or Fast Pass+ selections, those will also be linked to this account.

    At 180 days prior to our trip, I have our dining reservations booked and know which park we will visit for each day. If you do not have a Park Hopper ticket, you will need to plan carefully to make sure your dining reservations are not in two different parks in the same day. Whatever you do, make dining reservations for character meals. These provide such an easy way for your boys to meet the characters.

    You must make your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance of your trip. Make those selections at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on day 60. To prepare, I always sit down with my family a few days before day 60 to look over the attractions we want to prioritize. I then create a list of priority attractions for each park. Know that at some theme parks, rides are tiered and grouped. For example, on Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park, we can make a Fast Pass+ selection for Avatar Flight of Passage OR Na'vi River Journey. Your remaining two Fast Pass+ selections would include other rides and attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    Whatever you do, consider signing your young ones up for Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Hurry, you must. Get to the park early. Peace we must have!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    Donyell




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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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