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  • On Oct 11, 2011
    Jeffrey from CA Asked

    I'm 21 and going on my first ever trip to Disney World...solo in mid January! I guess it's a pilgrimage as a former DLR cast member. Are there any suggestions and crowd info you can make for a solo first traveler like myself in his early 20s?

    Hi Jeffrey!

    First, I recommend staying on site.  Unlike Disneyland, Walt Disney World is huge and staying on property makes a big difference, especially if you don't have a car!  My favorite Disney Value Resort is Pop Century, my favorite Moderate is Port Orleans Riverside, and my favorite Deluxe is the Wilderness Lodge.

    With regards to crowds, I recommend visiting the independent website TouringPlans.com.  They are famous in the Disney fan community for their crowd calendar.  It provides a prediction of the crowds and recommendations on which park to visit on which days.  They also provide touring plans on how to maximize your time in the parks.  There's a lot of math and years of data collection behind their recommendations; as an engineer, I'm a huge fan of their work.

    I also recommend picking up either "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal or "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" by Len Testa; the second is considered "the book" on Walt Disney World, but both are great.

    Good luck with planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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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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