• On Jul 1, 2015
    Penelope from ON Asked

    Hi Moms, We are planning a surprise trip to Disney this year (our first). We'll be staying in Kidani Village, but that's about all I have done. Eeek! We have 4 adults and 3 kids 5-7. Help!

    Hello, Penelope!

    You must be so excited about planning your first Walt Disney World vacation! Your family will enjoy Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. This Deluxe Resort hotel has amazing animal views and delicious dining options on-site, so you've chosen a great place to stay for your first vacation. I'm happy to help you with your planning by sharing a basic timeline of important dates to remember, but if you have any other questions before your trip, please feel free to stop back by the Moms Panel.

    First step: Make sure to create a free My Disney Experience account so you can link up your hotel reservations, theme park tickets, dining reservations, FastPass+ selections and more. It's a great idea to add in everything as you go along so that you're always prepared for the next stage of planning.

    180 days before your vacation, try to arrange for all dining reservations that you have selected. You may go online at 6:00 a.m. ET (Mickey time) to make your reservations, but I often prefer to call in to the Disney dining number right at 7:00 a.m. to make all of my reservations at one time. If you haven't started thinking about special dining experiences - especially Character Dining! - now would be a good time to start.

    60 days before your vacation, you can make your FastPass+ selections online. You should be able to choose three initial FastPass+ attractions at one theme park per day in advance. The FastPass+ service has really helped guests to save time waiting in lines, and my fellow panelists and I would be happy to help you choose some that will work for your family, if you need the assistance.

    If you have any other questions about dining, FastPass+, transportation and more, please stop back by the Moms Panel. We'd love to hEAR from you! I hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation, Penelope!
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Meet the Panelist: Autumn, Georgia

Hi, I’m Autumn! I’m a social media consultant, web content writer and homeschool teacher to my daughter. I enjoy learning languages as a hobby and can speak a bit of French, German and Spanish. My family and I have visited the Walt Disney World Resort many times over the years and I’ve become quite skilled at putting together fun and exciting family vacations to the various Disney properties! Learn More About Autumn

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