A chat with a WDW first-timer before and after her trip – PREP014

After a reader named Misty left a comment on the Facebook Page about being so excited for her family's first trip to Disney World that they might actually pee their pants, I wanted to chat with her to see what her plans were.

After she got back, I chatted with her again to see how it all went.

You can hear all about that and I have a quick tip of the day about when I suggest booking flights for your trip in relation to when discounts are announced.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Misty's trip

In this episode, a reader named Misty talks about why they decided to go to Disney World when they did, why they chose to stay at The Contemporary, some of the meals and special events they planned and why she was surprising her kids at 4:30 a.m. the day of the trip.

You'll also hear what Misty thought after her trip including frustrations with My Disney Experience functionality, the things that ended up being their favorite, things she wished she had done and a lot more.

Quick tip of the day

When booking your trip, I recommend waiting to book flights (if possible) until after discounts for your trip dates have been announced. Sometimes when discounts are released, they don't cover your exact trip dates but would work if you could modify your trip dates slightly.

If you already have flights booked, this isn't always possible since flights are usually nonrefundable and unchangeable. If it makes sense for your trip, try to wait to book flights to allow for maximum flexibility (don't wait too long though - I recommend booking flights around 2 months or more before your trip).

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Leanne Smith

i LOVED listening to this episode!! Misty had her stuff together for a first timer!! My favorite part?? Her 12 days of Disney ‘celebration’ and gifts!!! This is such a FUN idea!! She had gifts i wouldn’t even think of!! I am so excited to do this with my kids–thank you so much for sharing!! As always–love the podcast!! Will definitely listen again as i didnt have pen and paper handy! haha

I love to listen when i’m making dinner!! 🙂 (Keeps the kids quiet as they tend to listen in too)


I took my 5 yr old son to WDW for the first time on almost the same dates (5/14-5/18) for the same length trip. I think we crammed more into our trip than they did and yes we were tired by the time we got home but it was awesome! We stayed at All Star Sports which doesn’t generally come highly recommended but we loved it! We were in the Surf Board section which is near the pool, food court and transportation but we walked to the quiet pool and to a friend’s room to borrow their stroller and found… Read more »


What was the line tracker app misty mentioned that she used.


when i was listening to her dining plans BEFORE she went, i was exhausted just thinking about doing all that with kids. i am going with my husband (no kids) and that itinerary was too much for us! i wasn’t surprised to hear that it was a bit much for her and her kids. we all learn. what i am on the fence about is the dining program. i have to work out the specs if it’s financially worth it for our stay. we are going in January 2015, and hopefully we will get free dining (staying at a DVC).… Read more »


I’ve finally completed my first trip, and I guess it’s one of those “YMMV (your mileage may vary” sort of thing – lol. We had the deluxe dining plan – so we did A LOT of sit-down meals (2 credit and character meals). A breakfast and a dinner most days. When I first made the ADRs, I did them pre-park opening, but Disney added some EMH and generally switched hours around – so I didn’t get to enjoy much of the pre-opening bonus of the breakfasts. That said: We really enjoyed having a nice, good breakfast in the morning. We… Read more »


I enjoyed this and I’m no longer a first timer but its still interesting to hear other people’s plans and experiences. I got sort of nervous hearing about some of the issues regarding reservations and fastpasses but thankfully we all go prepared so that eases the pain 😉 I’m a big fan of breakfast reservations for a lot of the reasons she said … I like getting my sit down meal done first thing in the day so it doesn’t interfere with my touring and because at the end of the day my kids are not going to sit still… Read more »

Roman Anzaldua

I learned from Misty’s experience not to book too many table service meals on one day.

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