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  • On Dec 17, 2018
    Nancy from TX Asked

    Hi! We are planning our first WDW vacation to take our 5 year old. Where would we start if we wanted to visit in October?

    Hi Nancy,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Hooray for your first Walt Disney World vacation with your little one!

    First, check the pricing for possible dates in October. Always check the Special Offers page to see if there are any special offers available for the dates of your visit. Although I always look for special offers, when I know the dates of our visit, I book a vacation package so that I can be sure we get our preferred resort hotel and room type. If a special offer comes out after I have booked our trip, I call 407-939-5277 to speak with a cast member to see if she or he can apply the offer to our reservation. 

    Next, at 180 days prior to your trip, make dining reservations, especially for character meals. Some of our girls' favorites are Cinderella's Royal Table, The Crystal Palace, Chef Mickey's, 1900 Park Fare, Hollywood & Vine and Tusker House Restaurant. Know that if your vacation package includes one park per day tickets, you will need to dine in the same park you visit for that day or you could dine at a restaurant located at another resort hotel, Disney's BoardWalk or Disney Springs. If your vacation package includes park hopper tickets, you could, for example, visit Magic Kingdom in the morning and then dine at Epcot in the evening.

    Nancy, as a resort guest, at 60 days prior to your vacation, make Fast Pass+ selections for attractions. Fast Pass+ selection day is crucial! I like to make our Fast Pass+ selections for morning times. Then we do lunch in the park and use the My Disney Experience Mobile app to make an additional afternoon Fast Pass+ selection. You may also need to plan for afternoon rest time. We go back to the resort for a few hours to enjoy the pool or nap!

    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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