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  • On Jan 9, 2008
    Carmen from IL Asked

    I really want to take my kids (2-9) this year to Disney, I went more than 10 years ago and my parents took care of everything, so, my question is, where should I start?

    You're in luck because planning a trip to Walt Disney World is half the fun!  Okay, okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but the planning is exciting.  If I were you, I would start with determining a time frame for the trip.  Things to consider are crowd levels, weather, and special events you might enjoy.  Secondly, I'd decide on a resort hotel.  There are plenty of choices to fit every taste and budget.  You also need to consider your ticketing options and figure out what add-ons (if any) you'd like to purchase.  Options include park hopping privileges, admission to the water parks and DisneyQuest, and the "no expiration" option.  Once you have those decisions made you can start to focus on a flexible schedule that will work well for your family.  In other words, decide which parks you'll visit on which day.  You can design your itinerary to be as rigid or as flexible as you like, though I'd recommend leaving some wiggle room.  As you create your schedule, consider whether or not you'll utilize Extra Magic Hours.  Once you have a rough idea of what your touring schedule looks like you can incorporate restaurant choices.  Dining reservations can be made at 180 days out by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 

    I hope that I've helped you to get a general idea of things to consider.  As you begin putting together your own dream vacation you'll likely run in to many more specific questions.  When you get to that point, you're welcome to come back and ask away!  Happy Planning!
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If you're looking to plan a trip for a large party or if your group includes special needs travelers, you've come to the right mom! I'm a southeastern Arizona girl, eager to help you plan the most magical trip you'll ever take.  Learn More About Darcie

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