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Old 03-10-2018, 07:52 PM
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Looking at taking my daughter to Disney this Spring. She is 9yrs old! Do not want to plan the trip on my own. Looking at a Disney Travel advisor. Do they all charge the same amount and how do you know if they are certified by Disney? Repeat, I do not want to plan this. I want a professional to set everything up!
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I've been twice with my two kids over the past two years and will be going again this fall. You will lose control and pay more not doing it yourself. I know your said you don't want to plan it, but working with Disney is pretty painless. I highly reccomend Fort Wilderness cabins. They're cabins in name only (IE: two bedrooms, HD TV's, etc) and it's a nice boat ride to the parks. Make sure you get your "magical bands" before you go. EVERYTHING is based off these bracelets (entry into the parks, entry onto rides, paying for shit in the parks, etc). Going through Disney to set up is the way to go. They pick you up at the airport, drop bags off at room, etc. Good luck. You two will have a ball.
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Great age to go! We have been 3 times, stayed Beach Club, Club Level (2 out of 3). A Disney specialist planned the initial trip with lots of recommendations. We had to plan our meals, character events and fast passes. We always went during Flower & Garden and had a fantastic time! I am not one for crowds and never thought I would go to Disney, but I really enjoyed myself!
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It is hard to go wrong with any of the accommodations and activities there, you will have a wide eyed 9 year old. You need to first figure out how much you can afford and look at what's in your price range. We have stayed at the Contemporary and Animal Kingdom and they were both great, stay at one of the Disney hotels if you can afford it. This gets you special passes to extra time in the parks, fireworks, and much more. I agree with going through a Disney planner. I also had a great time looking online with the 3 kids at all the options before we called, I wouldn't miss that opportunity if I was you. We stayed for a week one time, and they each got to pick out 2 restaurants.
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We used Glass Slipper Concierge and were really happy with them. Google it and contact hem directly. But I would do it soon because Things fills up quickly.
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You have to plan everything when you go to Disney but you can do it yourself by learning the ropes through Disney forums like https://www.disboards.com/ and https://www.wdwmagic.com/.
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Stay in Disney hotels, as said gets you in early.

If someone wants to cut in line in front of you, let them. My then 9 y/o was totally miffed but they got on a tram ride that got stuck for five hours. We still laugh about it 15 years later. Hope they didn’t have to pee!
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My kids are 10 and 13, this year will be our third trip to Disney.

I have some very simple advice.

As an average working family with only an '02 Duramax and a '98 Bayliner ... going to Disney is a privilege for us. Its expensive. Last time I went, I did lots of planning, mapped out what rides we were going to do and when, mapped it out like clockwork.

That just stressed everyone out. So on the second day I said to hell with the plan and just had fun. So my advice is just go and have fun. It is the best place on earth. Careful listening to advice that you MUST do this and see that. Don't stress yourself out if you don't get to see / do everything. Its more important to have fun and enjoy the time with your daughter.
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Have fun and meet some single moms !!
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Who ever you use, I’d get moving! Reservations usually fill up very quickly, hotels far in advance, restaurants 6 months in advance, fast passes 60 days... Like it was said earlier, go and have a good time without an agenda as far as rides and attractions, you’ll only leave disappointed that everything wasn’t done, but you need to plan your dining in advance if you want to have sit down meals and not just park food.
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If you decide to do it on your own, it's really easy. We used Fodor's, and the advice in it was spot on. We were also left with flexibility in our schedule which we really liked.
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Originally Posted by burtonboards32 View Post
Who ever you use, I’d get moving! Reservations usually fill up very quickly, hotels far in advance, restaurants 6 months in advance, fast passes 60 days... Like it was said earlier, go and have a good time without an agenda as far as rides and attractions, you’ll only leave disappointed that everything wasn’t done, but you need to plan your dining in advance if you want to have sit down meals and not just park food.
Another tip, stay on property. There are a few benefits, typically nice hotels - I have only stayed at Deluxe resorts and always enjoyed, Extra Magic Hours, etc.. I would recommend staying in a Club Level room, but would determine the hotel by where you want to spend your time. The last two times that we have gone we stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge with Savannah view. Was awesome for my little guy to go out on the balcony to see the different animals, but the resort is set off from most parks. My favorite resort is Yacht & Beach Club. They have a fantastic pool system, just a short walk to Epcot, a 10 minute walk to Hollywood Studios (or a short boat ride), and some fun walking at night over at the Boardwalk Resort.
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Been going for 40 years. Been at least 20 times as a kid through my kids.
Should of bought the lifetime pass for $500 in the 80's.

Anyway

If you can afford it....stay on property : EVERYTHING is at your disposal.
Food transportation and all park access...that'll make your life easy and blow her mind.

Doing so : your setting the bar high for next return. But easiest way to get around.

Con's : food blows...the worse food on the planet...restricted to Disney properties only.

We have it so dialed it now when we go it's insane...me cousins mom daughter etc.

We stay at Sara Largo next to Old Town get room right by the pool @ 1st building.
Game room..pools..food court..booze and beer.
Walk to Old Town and fast food.
Medieval times 12 minutes down the road...flea market bank and liquor store gift shops also.

Eat at Epcot...Italy - yummie ...Morroco - decent...France crapes...Mexico decent.
Germany show and food - Fun!!!
See everything at Epcot...the France 30 year old movie still makes me smile...the music is outstanding.

Have fun....watch her face when she first walks in....it is going to blow her mind.
Do a characters lunch...eat in the castle.

It cost aaaaa lotttt to do it top notch....her face and memories will be worth every penny.

Save your turkey leg bone after going from the haunted mansion to pirates of the Caribbean and thro it to the dog with the keys...lolol!! Kiddin.

Boy oh boy....so much to say.
Be aware of closures and times.

Above all...relax...take your time...ENJOY!!!!!

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I did this with just my daughter and I a few years ago. It was a very memorable trip, she was a little younger, 6 at the time. What worked for us was just doing what we felt like doing at a given time. Other than dinners and a character breakfast, nothing was planned and it worked out great. We went online a few days before, looked at the parks and said which one do we want to do first, then what looks fun. And really that was it. We didn't even stick to any of the day of plans very well, but it was great bonding with her on this adventure. The last day we planned on Animal Kingdom. I think we got about two hours into it, and she declared it was boring and wanted to hang at the hotel pool. Done. Focus on where she is at a given moment, if she doesn't look like she is having fun, bail and go do something else. Your paying for time with her.

Don't over schedule yourself, or get a plan "locked in". The place is a zoo, you'll burn out trying to do it all or survive the gauntlet. Honestly my opinion, the place sucks and is insanely over priced for what it is. But it did give me good memories with my daughter.
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We just got back from our first visit in 25 yrs. Stay onsite if you can as it makes it so much easier for you. It will afford you early entries into the parks. You will get to schedule 3 "rides" each day for bypassing the long lines. Schedule the rides as early as possible because after you get off your 3rd scheduled ride then you can do another one and then another. My daughter worked with a travel agent after spending a lot of time online on her own. She felt like the prices were comparable and the agent gave good advice.
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Recommend staying on site. We have stayed in pop century a couple of times. You can take the bus everywhere which is extremely covenient.

Plan to spend time at the hotel pool in afternoon. The kid will like that better than doing a park Marathon.

Cool to do a character breakfast with one of your daughters favorite character. Must reserve in advance.

We like the backyard BBQ. Great for kids.
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No clue on your budget but stay on the property and take your daughter's best friend. Disney has an in house concierge service; I would use them.
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Just stay on site and your planning is basically done. Disney didn't get it's reputation by making things difficult.
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
Been going for 40 years. Been at least 20 times as a kid through my kids.
Should of bought the lifetime pass for $500 in the 80's.

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If you can afford it....stay on property : EVERYTHING is at your disposal.
Food transportation and all park access...that'll make your life easy and blow her mind.

Doing so : your setting the bar high for next return. But easiest way to get around.

Con's : food blows...the worse food on the planet...restricted to Disney properties only.

We have it so dialed it now when we go it's insane...me cousins mom daughter etc.

We stay at Sara Largo next to Old Town get room right by the pool @ 1st building.
Game room..pools..food court..booze and beer.
Walk to Old Town and fast food.
Medieval times 12 minutes down the road...flea market bank and liquor store gift shops also.

Eat at Epcot...Italy - yummie ...Morroco - decent...France crapes...Mexico decent.
Germany show and food - Fun!!!
See everything at Epcot...the France 30 year old movie still makes me smile...the music is outstanding.

Have fun....watch her face when she first walks in....it is going to blow her mind.
Do a characters lunch...eat in the castle.

It cost aaaaa lotttt to do it top notch....her face and memories will be worth every penny.

Save your turkey leg bone after going from the haunted mansion to pirates of the Caribbean and thro it to the dog with the keys...lolol!! Kiddin.

Boy oh boy....so much to say.
Be aware of closures and times.

Above all...relax...take your time...ENJOY!!!!!
Agree, to a point. Very good food can be found if willing to pay for it. California Grill, Narcoossee’s, Jiko, Flying Fish, Le Cellier...all very good, nice restaurants and being Disney, perfectly fine for children.

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