Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 19, 2013
    Krista Asked

    Visiting Disney World for the first time July27-July30 leaving on 31st. Trying to decide on an itinerary. Our daughter will turn 3 on Aug. 2 so this will be for her birthday. Staying at Disney Port Orleans Resort. Advice?

    Hi Krista!

    I'd love to help out! Make sure you get a birthday button for her as soon as you check-in at your resort. Cast Members will love to share Birthday Wishes (and, sometimes, Birthday Magic) with her!

    First, I'll definitely suggest a meal with the Characters. There are a number of them to choose from - Cinderella's Royal Table, Crystal Palace, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall are three great options. You'll want to make reservations as early as you can (up to 180 days in advance) as these meals are very popular!

    Next up, you'll want to check out the Magic Kingdom and Fantasyland. Dumbo is a perennial favorite, and The Many Adventures of Pooh never disappoints. Enchanted Tales with Belle is a must-do. Don't miss Under the Sea - Voyage of the Little Mermaid either!  No trip is complete without seeing Wishes!

    If you the budget for splurging a bit, the ultimate experience is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique! But, no worries, if this isn't in the budget, bring along a princess dress and let your little one roam the parks as her favorite!

    In Epcot, keep an eye out for different characters as you stroll through the World Showcase. Meet and greets are held in many of the countries. Grab a Times Guide (or check out the Park calendar) to find out where and when to meet them.

    And, last but not least, one of the best tips I can give you is to arrive early. If you can be at the park gates before the official opening time, you'll have a jump on the crowds. Head over to your must-do attractions first, and you'll be ahead of the game!

    Have a great trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Kathie, South Carolina

Our family of four is an adventurous and nerdy bunch! Vacations match our lifestyle with tons of action, rides, park-hopping and over-the-top experiences. Dining is tops too! From scrumptious snacks to vegetarian meals, we enjoy it all! Learn More About Kathie

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