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  • On Jan 27, 2010
    Michelle from MI Asked

    I have never been to Disney world and I am trying to plan something for my family and I. It is 5 adults and 3 kids ages 15, 5, and 9. I am aiming for an August date for about 4 or 5 days. My question is I have no idea where to start. Please help?:(

     Welcome to the Moms Panel Michelle! It can be fun to learn about and plan your Disney vacation! Let's talk about the highlights of your vacation: where to stay, play, and dine.

     For a family of 8, carefully consider your resort options. You may want to book 2 rooms at a resort of your pick (from value to deluxe resort options); or you may want deluxe villas where as many as up to 9 guests can sleep!

      Then consider which parks and park ticket options are available. You may want the park hopper option or you may want to add the water parks and more fun option. For fun between theme park visits my family loves the Boardwalk and Downtown Disney. Oh, and don't forget that you can make customizable maps of the theme parks that make for really cute souvenirs!

      As for dining options, you should look over the different kinds of restaurants and "quick service" locations and character dining options to decide if a dining plan is right for your family. Once you have the dates to your stay booked, I'd make reservations for any "must" dining locations that have the option available.
     
     A few more quick suggestions: Check out the special offers portion of the Disney World website. Also, I think learning while planning will lead to an even more memorable visit to Walt Disney World. If you can, look into a book such as the ones mentioned here by my fellow panelist, Kay.
     
     You're welcome here at the Moms Panel and remember that you can ask more specific questions that may come up as you make your plans! Hope this helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Maria, Florida

I am a Mom of two boys, and I love enjoying the Walt Disney World magic with my family. Helping others with their trip is something I hold dear because I know I'm helping families create some of their most cherished memories while at Walt Disney World. Learn More About Maria

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