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Old 09-29-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Never Been family trip 2014

Hi all! I have never been my family and I will be going in April 2014. I will have a 10,6 and 3 year old plus me and my husband. Any tips in planning i really have no idea where to start?!?
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Hi! A first time visit is always exciting!! Have you told the kids that you will be going or will It be a surprise? Are your children boys or girls? We have been 3 times and each time we discover more and more things to do! Make sure that you book any dining reservations as soon as you can (180 days ahead of time) to ensure you get in to the places you want.
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:40 AM   #5
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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Welcome! First things first, figure out your budget. Then go online and find info about each park and figure out which park you think you will be going to the most. If you decide to stay on property, that will bring you to picking your resort choice. Its nice to stay at a resort close to where you will be most of the time. We like to go to a park during the day and then end at epcot so we chose Beach Club this time around. If magic Kingdom is your top park then choose a monerail resort or wilderness lodge.

There are three categories of resorts Value (lowest price but might not be good for a family of 5), moderate resorts (decent prices but more expensive then value) then the deluxe resorts which are by far the most luxurious and the cost the highest).

You will have so much fun and any questions, we are all here!
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
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take your time. start slow.

if you get overwhelmed, go here and just start looking at one of the park picture threads:

http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=161

for example, here is one of the threads with MK pics:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....26904&page=109

break it down into what you need to decide. things like "do you want to stay onsite or offsite?" will you be spending all of your time at the wdw parks or will you hit legoland or harrypotterworld (i.e. "universal") as well?

the boards have all the info you need, but if you want to get a book, the unofficial guide is a great resource.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:17 PM   #8
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Yes, I'd say start with a guidebook - something with photos, so you get visuals of what the things are...I like the Birnbaum guide. Passporter guidebooks also have photos and a LOT of info but are a fairly easy read. Also the "Walt Disney World 2013 With Kids" is very good - no pics, though.

Second, study these boards! If you have a question, start with a "search" because everyone's already asked pretty much everything - your answer is likely on here already.

Third, include the whole family in the planning and let them pick about 3 "must-do" activities for the day, no matter where you end up. Definitely bring a lot of money on your trip and a good attitude. Take rest breaks. Get in shape beforehand, wear comfy shoes and hydrate.
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