T.L. asks from Garland, TX on October 20, 2007
M.L. answers from Dallas on October 22, 2007
PLEASE buy the book, Birnbaum's Walt Disney World 2007 or 2008, depending when you are going. They mame new books every year. The book gives everything you could ask for-the times to go, where to stay, restraunts, even phone numbers.
When you say 5-day trip, if its Monday thru Friday you are talking about, whatever you do DO NOT go to Magic Kingdom on any Monday. They say it is always the first place everyone wants to go as soon as they get there and the BUSIEST day. Make sure you go any other day if you don't do crowds. Hope you guys have fun and good luck with the planning!
M.S. answers from Dallas on October 22, 2007
I used this site as reference http://www.allearsnet.com/
It even has a packing list which was helpful because there are a few items that I didn't even think of bringing until I saw it on the list.
Is this your 1st time to WDW? We went our 1st time in April. I definitely recommend the Character dining for sure. If you are staying at one of the WDW resorts, check each day to see which park is doing the extended hours or early hours for resort guests, very nice! You definitely need to go to Magic Kingdom on the extended hours day. There is just way too much to do there and so little time it seems! And since you are going 5 days, I would just do 1 park a day instead of park hopping, just my opinion. Hope this helps.
J.W. answers from Dallas on October 21, 2007
www.mousesavers.com might be of some help to you. We've been to WDW 7 years in a row now. I have never used a "touring plan". Mainly because we just do, 1 park in 1 day and I know we will be going back in years to come.
As you know, with kids, plans change, so be sure to be open to changing your plans at a moments notice.
I have several WDW books, but so far "Walt Disney World For Dummies" is my favorite.
Good luck and remember to have fun! (And if you don't get to do and see everything, you can use that as an excuse to take another trip there!)
D.O. answers from San Antonio on October 20, 2007
I used tourguidemike.com for my resource earlier this year. I thought it was pretty helpful, plus there are message boards so you can compare notes w/ others. They even have a group for each month of the year so you can chat w/ people who are going when you are. It was about $20, if you have any time at all (I only used it for about a month before my trip) I think it is worth it.
J.S. answers from Dallas on October 21, 2007
Just got off the phone with my 16-year-old who is going to WDW in Nov with 3 of his cousins, and my sister (his aunt) and her husband.
He told me my sister uses: (not in any order here)
(Make sure you use all lower case letters. I just capped so it would be easier for you to figure out the words.)
Jeremy also told me that these sites are best if you have more than 6 months to plan your trip. Less than 6 months is "crunch time"; 6 months is ok.
I know my sister has been to WDW several times, and she LOVES going. So do the kids, even though my niece that's going is almost 23, and my nephews and son are 16 (yep...all 3 of 'em!)
Anyway, hope this helps you plan your trip!!
S.B. answers from Dallas on October 22, 2007
Hello. My family and I are planning a trip to DW Christmas week. Looking forward to it greatly! I have found this website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com to be really helpful. You can build your own intenarie (sp) by selecting all the rides, events, etc that you want to visit. They have them all listed under each park or you can search by the ages. You can also make your own map from it. I haven't done that part yet. I believe it will map out your day's plans so that way you aren't spending a lot of time going from one park to the next back to the first, etc. It also gives you a list of all the dining available. You can also sign up for a free DVD that will show you all the different things and gives you tips. It's great to show the kids so they know what to expect and to get really excited. It is a great site. There is sooooo much on there. Check it out! Hope you and your family have a great time!!! Taking 5 full days is the absolute best! You can't see everything or close to it in less days than that!! Have Fun!!!!
J.G. answers from Dallas on October 21, 2007
www.mousebuzz.com can also give you some good tips. We are a bunch of disney fanatics that love to share our ideas and experiences! Plus, it's free!
N.A. answers from Killeen on October 21, 2007
Have you checked to see the latest editon of the unoffical guide to disney world in the library? It has touring guides in there you can copy off.