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  • On Feb 12, 2020
    Daniel from Middlesex Asked

    Hi Everyone! I'm planning on coming to Disney World in September 2021 as my best friend has never been and we really want to go. Any ideas and tips for 1st timers and any hints on planning?

    Hi Daniel, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    First of all, let me congratulate you on being such a great friend! This trip is already special because the two of you will be together!

    The first step is to find the perfect Disney Hotel to enjoy the many benefits of staying inside the Walt Disney World Resort (beyond the gorgeous theming, of course). 

    The early access to FastPass+ planning is a real time and money saver, as it gives you a 30-day head start to make FastPass+ reservations for coveted attractions, which means less time in lines and more time having fun. Guests also enjoy complimentary MagicBands and transportation, so you don't have to spend on a rental car. 

    After choosing a Disney Hotel, you will purchase tickets, and I suggest a total of six Theme Park days for an epic trip. You can also budget for the 1 Park Per Day option, as there is plenty to enjoy at each Theme Park on a first visit. 

    I'd suggest booking your hotel and buying tickets at least 200 days before your trip because the next step is time-sensitive. It's also essential, as it will have a massive impact on your plan: dining reservations.

    By then, you will need to have a schedule figured out, as some of the Table Service dining experiences are at the Theme Parks, so it's wise to start choosing dates to visit each Theme Park before the reservations open, and this will happen 180 days before your trip.

    It's also wise to balance meals between Quick Service and Table Service restaurants (and you can browse some menus to understand the costs and plan accordingly). 

    Among the many options available, I'd undoubtedly advise you to plan at least one meal with characters (at Cinderella's Royal Table, for example) and one meal at a Signature Restaurant (like Jiko - The Cooking Place or Tiffins Restaurant).

    Then, 60 days before your trip, it will be time to make FastPass+ arrangements and prioritize attractions to make the most of your days. After that, you'll be set for a PERFECT trip!

    Because of that timeline, I'd suggest choosing your Disney Resort hotel and your tickets at least 200 days before your trip so that you can plan the most magical of vacations. With a little help from your new friends at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, you'll make the planning process as magical as the trip itself!

    We will be here to walk you through every step of this fantastic journey, so don't hesitate to stop by with more questions, Daniel! 

    May the magic be with you,

    Julie
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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist who also loves to sing and cook. I grew up in Southern Brazil, in Santa Catarina, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now it is my passion to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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