Now, on to this week--Planning Your Trip to Disney:
Because my weekend trip to Disney was planned to the minute by our wonderful hosts, I didn't do much research at all. I did ask my readers for advice on what I should try to catch in my spare time, but other than heading over to the the Tower of Terror with Amy during the Buzz parade at MGM, I didn't even get to them.
In general, I love the planning part of trips. I like to research hotels, restaurants, and tourist activities. When we take our family trip to Disney World, I think that I will plan out a sort of game plan for each day, as far as which park we'll visit and can't-miss rides and shows.
I know I will definitely use the Walt Disney World Moms Panel website. This group was put together by Disney because although they can provide the same type of information to patrons, anything coming from the corporate office still feels like advertising, and naturally we are all skeptical of that. The Disney World Moms (and one dad) are real people who just love Disney and were lucky enough to be one of the twelve chosen from over 10,000 applicants for this inaugural panel.
Darcie and Kim were at the mixer with us. It was so great to meet them. They enjoyed having 17 sets of ears eager to hear their input. We could literally wonder aloud about something, and they had an answer at the ready. They often knew more right off the top of their heads than the employees who were meeting with us.
Another great site that I've come across (because they've been following our Mommy Blogger Mixer reports) is the DIS Discussion Forum (disboards.com). They all seem very friendly and willing to share their information and love for the happiest place on earth.
One other ting I asked the Disney folk was the least crowded times to go. Obviously it's when kids are in school, specifically September, October, January and February. We were there in April, in the weekend that was the end of my daughter's Spring Break, and the beginning of some Spring Breaks in New York, and the crowds were not unmanageable and the weather was great.
That's the extent of my information, but I'd love to hear from you. Here are some questions to prompt you that you can address in your post (or in the comments if you're not a blogger), but feel free to structure your post any way you'd like:
When do you go and why? How far in advance do you plan? What do you do first? What resources do you use--websites, books, forums? How much thought and detail do you put into your daily itinerary?
This week I do have a PRIZE. I have some special Disney merchandise--a pink travel mug with a bejeweled mirror on it (because your dreams come true) and a pink mousepad with the Disney Moms logo on it. The winner will also be able to pick out something Disney related from amazon.com (under $20)--maybe a new guide or the latest CD or DVD featuring your favorite characters. Here's what you need to do if you want to win:
- Leave a comment on this post. If you are linking up to a post on your blog (by putting the direct address to the post below), you still need to leave a comment, even as simple as saying you've linked up.
- If you are not linking to a post, but still want to be entered in the contest, just leave a comment here with one of your planning tips.
- Be sure to leave a way to contact you. I can leave a comment on your blog or I will send you an email if your email is visible in your blogger profile. Otherwise make sure you include your email address in the comment.