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  • On Oct 17, 2017
    Ashley from IA Asked

    We are planning our first time to disney world in june 2018. I dont even know where to begin planning. What are must see/do? we are staying in some time shares 2 miles from the park. thanks in advance!

    Hi Ashley,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am happy to celebrate your first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! You cannot see me, but I am doing some mighty fine dancing here!

    First, make sure you have created a My Disney Experience Account online. With a My Disney Experience Account, you can link your dining reservations and Fast Pass+ selections. When I start planning our vacations, I make dining reservations for character meals as soon as those reservations are available. Dining reservations are a must-do, especially if you have a large group. Once I have our park schedule mapped out and dining reservations done, then I wait for our Fast Pass+ selection window to open.

    With valid theme park tickets, you will be able to make your Fast Pass+ selections 30 days in advance. Fast Pass+ allows us to essentially reserve a ride time window for an attraction. You can make up to three initial fast Pass+ selections for each day you have valid theme park admission. It saves us HOURS of time in line for rides. Before our Fast Pass+ selection day, we always sit down as a family and prioritize the rides we want to experience in each park. I also decide, based on our dining reservations, what time we need to do those Fast Pass+ selections. 

    Ashley, if I am celebrating a special occasion, I note that on our dining reservations. We have ordered from Disney Floral & Gifts. The first time we ordered, our girls each got a giant princess balloon that they LOVED. Of course, you can also consider one of the many Enchanting Extras offered. I have done the Caring for Giants Tour twice. It fits our budget and was perfect for our girls when they were 10-years old!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    Donyell






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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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