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  • On Apr 13, 2011
    Laura Asked

    We just booked our first Disney World Vacation from September 17-24. Me, my husband, and 3 year old daughter will be staying on disney property. We purchased 7 day magic your way and dining plan. We was needing suggestions on things to do & places to e

    Hi Laura!

    That's a great time of year to visit Walt Disney World.  The weather should be a little cooler compared to the summer and the crowds will definitely be less.  Be sure to order the free Walt Disney World planning DVD.  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.

    With a 3 year old daughter, you will probably be spending a lot of time in the Magic Kingdom, the crown jewel of the Walt Disney World Resort.  Thus if your budget allows, I recommend staying in a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail.  All three are nice, but I like the Polynesian Resort the best.  It's very romantic as well.  If you want to stay at a resort within walking distance, then make a reservation at the Contemporary!

    In my opinion, one of the biggest mistakes a first timer sometimes makes is not making dining reservations.  Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be made up to 180 days in advance.  I think the ADRs are critical if you want to dine in a Table Service (full service) restaurant.  While not all reservations need to be made 180 days in advance, you should know that some of the most popular restaurants will in fact book up quickly.  You made make on-line reservations here.

    This should get you started.  Write back with some more detailed questions when you are ready!
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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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