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  • On Jan 13, 2012
    Maria from TX Asked

    My name is Maria.This my husband and my 7yr old son's first WDW trip. We will be going in July, but i dont know what else I need to plan.

    Hi there, Maria!

    July is a fun month to explore all that Walt Disney World has to offer. Days are longer, shows and parades are in full swing, and the water parks are an absolute necessity.

    You'll definitely want to prepare for the warm weather. Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and did I mention .... sunscreen? These are all necessities. Invest in some good walking shoes - not flip-flops! - and some rain ponchos. And water. You'll want lots of water on hand. It's critical to stay hydrated.

    Your first and best in-Park planning tip, is, in my opinion, to create for yourself a list in priority order of "must do," "must see," "must eat," and "must meet". In other words, what rides are critical for your traveling party? What parades/shows/nighttime spectaculars? Are there restaurants or food items you'd like to try? and what character experiences would you like to have -- or would you like your children to have?

    Check out the Disney Parks Web site to get an idea of the attractions that are available, as well as shows, character experiences, and nighttime fun. That kind of "research" will help guide you as you craft that list.

    You'll likely find that some Parks get more "face time" on your list than others. This will help you determine the best way to disperse your tickets - how many days should you spend at the Magic Kingdom, at Epcot, etc.

    If you'd like, drop me a line with some of your traveling party favorites: foods, characters, etc. I'd be delighted to help you plan a more specific itinerary.

    Have a wonderful time!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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