Family planning a trip
  • On Sep 23, 2016
    Paula from MS Asked

    I need HELP! I will be traveling to WDW Oct.7-11 with 3 boys, ages 17, 9 and 17. It is my 1st visit and also the 9 yr old's 1st visit. I have no itinerary, no fast passes and no ADR. We do have tix to MNSSHP on 10/7. Is anyone willing to help me plan?

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Paula!

    Planning your first vacation to Walt Disney World so exciting!

    My Moms Panel buddy Jen gave you great tips for first-time planners, so you're off to a good start. A night at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a help because you'll enjoy many Magic Kingdom attractions during this specially-ticketed event.

    For the rest of your stay, focus on getting FastPass+ times first, making 3 selections in one park as early as you can each day. Once you have enjoyed a 3rd FastPass+ in one park, make an additional FP+ in any of the four parks. The fantastic--and free--My Disney Experience mobile app lets you keep track of reservations as well as allows you to make new plans right from the palm of your hand.

    Regarding Advanced Dining Reservations, my favorite last-minute planning tip is that if dining is not available in a park you'll be touring one day, look to a WDW Resort hotel that is adjacent to that park. Many guests don't realize what great dining options are right next door, so reservations are often easier to get at those locations. From Magic Kingdom, look at any of the 3 resorts linked by resort monorail; from Animal Kingdom, check out Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios? Disney's BoardWalk area is the way to go.

    Send more questions, Paula! We love to help!

    Andrea H
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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