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  • On May 29, 2015
    Jessica from ND Asked

    This is our first time. We get there June 7th and leave the 12th. I just want to make sure we have a good time. Any tips that will help me would be nice. I just want to make sure my daughter has the best time.

    Hi Jessica!
    A first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is certainly a magical experience! It can also be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few of my tips for first timers:

    • Remember that you can't do it all. The Resort is an expansive wonderland, and after more than a dozen trips, I still have not come close to "doing it all." Therefore, make sure and make a list of must-dos at each park you will be visiting.
    • Early is better. We make it a priority to hit the parks as early as possible. I recommend that you try to arrive at the parks at least 15 minutes before they open for the day. Pay attention to Extra Magic Hours. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort you may want to consider taking advantage of these in the morning. However, if you will not be using the Extra Magic Hours I suggest that you avoid the parks each day that have them.
    • Make a plan. Your trip is coming up quickly, so if I was you, I would spend the small fee to obtain a subscription to touringplans.com.  That website, and its companion book "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" are excellent planning tools.
    • Make the most of My Disney Experience. Make sure your reservations and tickets are all linked to this planning tool. Also, download the app as well. This can keep your plans including FastPass+ selections at your fingertips.

    I hope these tips help you plan a pixie-dusted vacation. If you have more questions, come on back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel- we love to help!

    See ya real soon!
    Anne

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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother. While I can’t pick my funniest Disney memory – either my 70-year-old mother on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or my 4-year-old grandson on Dinosaur – I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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