New here - where to start?!

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Registered: 08-14-2009
New here - where to start?!
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 1:39pm


My husband and I have a daughter who will be 7 in December.

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Registered: 04-28-2002
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 9:22pm

how exciting!

try allearst dot net and also wdwinfo

Those are good for getting ideas. Make a list of things you think you want to do . Are you interested in character meals?

You can try to price your package on the disney web site to get a sense. You can try different meal pacakges, etc. All ears actually has "fact sheets" for each resort so it is easy to get a sense of when the lower prices are...

let us know when you have more questions!


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Registered: 09-01-2006
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 10:04pm

Like PP said is an amazing site for information on WDW.


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Registered: 05-24-2003
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 10:58pm

ITA with all of the above. Just a couple of things to add...

1. Go to disneyworld dot com and create a log in, and price out your trips for a few days and save the iteneraries (sp?). Also order the planning DVD. By doing this, you greatly increase your chances of getting a PIN - a discount code on rooms, free dining, packages, etc.

2. Another website with LOTS of information - disboards dot com. It's a complete user forum with any and every question you can imagine. These are seasoned Disney pros that have been to every corner of the parks and can make a first trip not nearly as overwhelming.

3. Completely agree with Passporter - it's the best book I've seen and also has lots of planning pages, details about every ride, parade, show, hotel, park, restaurant - it's all in there! (They are having a sale on an old version right now also that you can use to get acquainted, but I do recommend getting the updated version for your trip.)

4. Email newsletters - Passporter, allears, and mousesavers all have weekly newsletters that will let you get more familiar with the parks, and available deals.

5. Keep your eyes peeled for deals - free dining, 40% off rooms, boy 4 get 3 free are all recent promotions that are out there right now based on the days you're traveling.

6. Don't over plan, and don't worry if you don't get to see everything. If you decide you like it well enough, you can always go back!

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Registered: 01-27-2005
Sat, 08-28-2010 - 11:33pm

YAY!! A first trip is so exciting!!

Try not to be overwhelmed by it all. :) I'd start with picking a resort and go from there using all of the websites that the PP's have given you-they are all great.

I like the idea of making a list of things you feel like you HAVE to see for it to be a complete trip, a list of things that you would like to see if you have time, and a list of things that you can do if you luck out and get to do everything on the other lists. That way you are prioritizing for each park and even if you only get to do your top three or four rides/attractions in each park, you will feel like you had a great vacation. :)

Definately go on the Disney website and price out the vacations. It's the best place to start when planning b/c then you can see which resorts will fit in your budget and go from there. :)

Good luck and have fun!!

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Registered: 10-25-2004
Thu, 09-02-2010 - 11:18am

You have been given some excellent advice already!!

just to "Ball park" a figure for you-

My family of 5 is staying at Port Orleans Riverside for 9 days with free dining. With insurance we are paying a hair over $3000. That includes our room, 9 day park hoppers, then 1 table service meal, 1 quick service meal and 1 snack per night per person. We scoured flights and managed to snag DIRECT flights on Southwest for $797 total. Since we are flying SouthWest, we each get 2 checked bags and one carry one for no additional charge, and Magic Express to and from the airport and Disney is included.

This trip will run us just under $4000.

Not included in that cost is roughly $300 for our Not So Scary Halloween Tickets, approximately $90 for our WegoShop grocery order, $40 mousekeeping tips ($5 a night), and another $200 for our table service meal tips. Plus the one Table Service meal we are paying out of pocket for which will run us an additional $120. And our Photopass is another $100.

On top of all that, we generally spend another $500 on "Stuff". Souvinears, haircuts, trinkets, snacks not covered on the plan, etc. Keep in mind, we do not pin trade and we do not get a ton of memorabilia since we go every year.

We will also pay about $25 in parking fees when we get home.

That should give you a fairly good grasp on the "Actual" cost!

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