ISO: Advice on planning a trip to Disney World

Friends –

The time has come for us to take our girls to Disney World. We’ve held out – we wanted them to be done napping, we wanted them to be done being asked to be carried constantly, and we wanted at least one of them to be old enough to maybe remember part of the trip – so here we are – ready to plan the trip. We’re thinking of mid-November to celebrate not just each of their 5th and 8th birthdays but as it so happens, Mr Wired Momma’s 40th falls right in between their birthdays – so he will get to celebrate there as well.

I am overwhelmed by Disney and spent the majority of the weekend all over Disney focused blogs and

Photo Credit: Disney World

chat rooms. I sketched out what I think will be our itinerary for about 5-6 days including character meals and dinner shows. But before our insane 180 day advance date rolls around when I can make these meal reservations, I’d love to get any and all feedback, advice and thoughts you have on planning a great Disney trip, things you wish you’d known, meals you’d wished you’d skipped or gotten too, hotels you wished you’d considered or that you stayed in and LOVED….any and all things Disney. I haven’t booked anything yet or made any reservations. I am open to all advice.

Bring it on please…and I suspect there are other readers out there who, like moi, last visited Disney world in the 6th grade (1986…and one of my friends came with and she wore her head-gear the entire time much to the extreme embarrassment of me and my older sister….note we were busy getting character autographs, so who were we to be embarrassed by her braces and head-gear).

I hope you’ll share your wealth of knowledge – I am hungry for any and all tips!!

 

4 Responses to ISO: Advice on planning a trip to Disney World
  1. jodifur
    March 5, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    My best advice is there is no way to see and do it ALL and just go in knowing that. Stay on the property so you can enjoy the Disney transportation, and if your girls enjoy it, plan one night alone and use the resort child care. The kids love it and some of the fancier restaurants are amazing. I love Disney! I’m happy to give you any specific advice you want when it gets closer. Disney food blog is great for food advice. Allears.net and mousesavers has great saving advice.

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  3. Ali @ Super Mario Twins
    March 7, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    My boys are still too young for Disney but I think this company will help you with your trip free of charge. Worth checking out…

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  4. Sallie McGrath
    March 17, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    I love Disney World! Best advice: make a plan. Second best advice: have a budget. Whether you stay on property, get the dining plan, etc. depends on personal preferences and financial resources. By all means get the First Visit Buttons and get DH a birthday button. You might get a few special treats. Your kids are old enough to help plan – let them watch the planning DVD and help pick out rides when you make a customized map. Have a plan for souvenirs – have the kids earn and bring their own money if you can (I know 5 is a little young for that.) or give each a set amount like $20 a day. I focus my little one on pressed pennies. Also do the kidcot at EPCOT and discovery stations at Animal Kingdom. If you are paying out of pocket for treats get a Kids Cone at Parlor Ice Cream in the Magic Kingdom…. okay, I could go on and on! Hopefully that helps a bit. Most importantly HAVE FUN!!!!

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