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Old 07-18-2013, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hi my name is Jessica. I am new to this group. I have been to Disney a few times alone(with my mom and brother). This is my first trip with my family and I haven't been in like 10 years. I have a husband 33 who is a manly man. Blah. Two daughters ages 4 and 6 Total princesses. And a boy who is 2. Just like his dad I love disney and I am so excited to go I can barely contain myself. We are going on December 14 and staying 6 nights. We are staying at BLT. Any advice suggestions are very welcome. I am a little over whelmed and nervous.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:01 PM   #2
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Welcome! I am new too, so i don't have any advice - sorry! : )
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:04 AM   #3
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Welcome! This is my first post as well and I am not going until Jan. 2015 (haven't been since honeymoon in '09) and I am obsessed with planning our first family trip with DD and DS for his 4th birthday. I am on here everyday and can't begin to tell you how much I have learned from everyone! Good Luck and have a wonderful time!
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:18 AM   #5
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MY advice, spend a ton of time on the WDW website. See what is going on in all of the parks, and decide what you want to do. Make any dining reservations in advance bc things book up quickly, I recommend Cinderella's Royal Table, Be Our Guest, Hollywood and Vine, and Chef Mickey's. Be sure to do the Mickey's very special Christmas party(tickets for this are separate.) For your daughters', the Bippity Boppity Boutique is something that is a must do (get a reservation,) and for your boy the Pirate League might be fun. I know there is a lot and it is overwhelming but just take your time and see what works best for your family. This November is my first trip to Disney with my own family, I don't have my parents planning the trips anymore lol, and it is nerve racking! Hope this helps, and have a magical time.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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MY advice, spend a ton of time on the WDW website. See what is going on in all of the parks, and decide what you want to do. Make any dining reservations in advance bc things book up quickly, I recommend Cinderella's Royal Table, Be Our Guest, Hollywood and Vine, and Chef Mickey's. Be sure to do the Mickey's very special Christmas party(tickets for this are separate.) For your daughters', the Bippity Boppity Boutique is something that is a must do (get a reservation,) and for your boy the Pirate League might be fun. I know there is a lot and it is overwhelming but just take your time and see what works best for your family. This November is my first trip to Disney with my own family, I don't have my parents planning the trips anymore lol, and it is nerve racking! Hope this helps, and have a magical time.
Looks like we are in the same boat. Momma isn't planning anymore. The new momma is taking over. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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Welcome! You will love it, my favorite is the cruise forum.
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Hi my name is Jessica. I am new to this group. I have been to Disney a few times alone(with my mom and brother). This is my first trip with my family and I haven't been in like 10 years. I have a husband 33 who is a manly man. Blah. Two daughters ages 4 and 6 Total princesses. And a boy who is 2. Just like his dad I love disney and I am so excited to go I can barely contain myself. We are going on December 14 and staying 6 nights. We are staying at BLT. Any advice suggestions are very welcome. I am a little over whelmed and nervous.
As others have said, there is a lot of information on these forum threads, so there will be a lot to process. Much of it is good advice, too. However, keep a few things in mind when you do your planning.

1a. Don't try to do too much. Allow time for relaxation, for quiet time with your family. Allow time for naps.
1b. Be spontaneous. This alludes to 1a because if you plan to be doing something in a park or at your resort every waking moment, then you could miss special moments that just happen when you least expect them. Part of the Disney magic are the memories you create, and if you attempt to stuff too many of them in one trip, you run the risk of overload.
2. Don't compare your plan to others' plans. What works for them may not for you. Only you know your family.
3. Take advice on these boards with the proverbial grain of salt (including my own comments ). Some will hate certain choices that you plan to make; others will love them. Both are correct. . .for their experiences and needs.
4a. Don't worry if some of your dining reservations--assuming you make them-- get some some poor reviews. Every restaurant gets negative reviews somewhere along the line, but in the end, if you think the place sounds right for your family, try it. It's not the end of the World (pun intended) if a meal or two isn't perfect--neither is life.
4b. Speaking of dining reservations, while it is generally agreed among most DISers (that's what we call ourselves occasionally) that ADRs--or advanced dining reservations--are necessary for at least some restaurants, don't feel as though you will starve if you don't make them. In most restaurants, even if you don't have a reservation, walk-ups are welcome. Granted, during busy times of the day your wait might be a long one considering you have three young children. However, if you hit the eateries at off times, it will be easier. Also, though relatively expensive, buffet restaurants generally can work you in faster. Finally, I see that you're staying at BLT, so you will have some type of kitchen where you can have milk, pastries, cereal, and other breakfast foods that would keep you from having to make a breakfast dining reservation every day, and it keeps eating costs down.
5. Relax. Ask questions. And enjoy your planning!

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Old 07-25-2013, 11:05 AM   #10
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Hi my name is Jessica. I am new to this group. I have been to Disney a few times alone(with my mom and brother). This is my first trip with my family and I haven't been in like 10 years. I have a husband 33 who is a manly man. Blah. Two daughters ages 4 and 6 Total princesses. And a boy who is 2. Just like his dad I love disney and I am so excited to go I can barely contain myself. We are going on December 14 and staying 6 nights. We are staying at BLT. Any advice suggestions are very welcome. I am a little over whelmed and nervous.
I would definitely make dining ressies. You can look online to try to make a game plan as to what park you will be at according to say the extra magic hours. I always know whAt park I'm going to on what day so I can make ressies for the places in the parks. If your planning on leaving to take naps then you don't have to know all this info but we do Disney all out and don't generally leave to go back to room unless bad weather. Your staying at BLT so for breakfast you could do Chef Mickeys, Ohanas and Park fair 1900 at Grand Flordian before going into parks. Magic you could do Crystal Palace for breakfast then Be our Guest for dinner. Epcot you could eat at your resort if you can get the character breakfast at Norway I forget the name but its a character breakfast dinner I would do Italy my personal preference or a quick serve unless you like food around the world I'm not that adventurous. Animal kingdom breakfast Tusker House character breakfast then when you leave for dinner the Rainforest Cafe. Hollywood Studio eat at resort or breakfast and I recommend Prime Time dine for dinner very much like old days where mom yells at you I eat all your food keep elbows off the table very fun experience. Whatever you do have fun and do the Christmas after hour party at Magic Kingdom very fun.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #11
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Hi my name is Jessica. I am new to this group. I have been to Disney a few times alone(with my mom and brother). This is my first trip with my family and I haven't been in like 10 years. I have a husband 33 who is a manly man. Blah. Two daughters ages 4 and 6 Total princesses. And a boy who is 2. Just like his dad I love disney and I am so excited to go I can barely contain myself. We are going on December 14 and staying 6 nights. We are staying at BLT. Any advice suggestions are very welcome. I am a little over whelmed and nervous.
Hi, welcome! We stayed at BLT two years ago and loved the convenience of being so close to MK. It makes it much easier to take breaks, whether for a nap or swim, as needed without feeling like you're missing too much because you can go back and forth with ease!

As others have suggested, make ADR's. Your little ones will probably love the character dining experiences. Chef Mickey's has always been one of our family favorites, and located in the Contemporary Resort, connected to BLT.

Have fun and soak in the memories. ;-)
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #13
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Isn't it exciting?
I am so excited. But so ready to go. I hate the waiting.
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