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148 comments

1 Des Ellis (Grandpa) { 05.15.18 at 8:51 am }

Hi Dave,
My son and his family, wife and 3 boys, is looking at visiting Disney World Orlando in May 2019.
He is looking at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort with a “Cars” family suite for them and a Little Mermaid room for Granny and Grandpa. My question is that it looks as if they are far from each other. What would you suggest?
Thanks/regards
Des

2 Dave { 05.16.18 at 8:14 am }

Hi Des, the closest family suites at Art of Animation to the Little Mermaid section are in the Lion King section–which is also quieter, as it does not surround a pool. The Cars suites are the farthest.

ANother option for you to consider is All-Star Music. It, too, has both family suites and regular rooms, but they are in the same buildings. Overall, All-Star Music is not nearly as delightfully decorated as Art Of Animation. It’s “standard” rooms have the same layout as the Little Mermaid rooms (unless they are refurbed by May 2019, which is possible–if that’s so, they will have queen beds, rather than the fulls of Little Mermaid). The family suites at Music have a roughly similar master bedroom, but different bedding options (and overall much duller decorating). Music is also much cheaper than AofA (e.g. $100 a night less for the family suites).

A full review of All-Star Music begins here.

3 Marie McKenzie { 05.18.18 at 2:24 am }

Hi,

Why don\’t you own the domain name myfirsttrip.com? I saw it for sale at Sedo.com.

Kind regards,

Marie

4 Nathan Hoffman { 06.12.18 at 12:23 am }

Hello Dave,

My name is Nathan Hoffman and I’m the Partnerships-Manager at FindMediaPartners.com.

We would like to advertise some of our clients on your blog.

Can you please let me know what types of Advertising options you offer ?

Thanks in advance for the Details !

Cheers,

Nathan Hoffman
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5 Dave { 06.12.18 at 9:23 am }

Hi Nathan, so sorry, but I’ve turned all my ad inventory over to “ELITE CAFEMOM FAMILY & PARENTING”

6 CORAL { 06.20.18 at 6:37 pm }

Hi Dave,
I was wondering if you would be able to help plan an itinerary for me and my daughter. I’m taking her as a surprise so it’s hard to try and plan it out with her right next to me. We are going from August 15th-23rd. We have 7 day park hopper passes. We also have the regular dining plan. It’s both our first time going.

7 Dave { 06.21.18 at 7:38 am }

Hi Coral, how old is your daughter?

8 Coral { 06.21.18 at 9:39 am }

Hi Dave, She will be turning 9 the day we get there. the 15th and the 23rd are travel days.

9 Coral { 06.23.18 at 11:19 am }

Hello Dave, I was just curious if you would be able to help me out. I wanted to try and book all my fast passes and dining this weekend so that I’m not so stressed LO>

Coral

10 Dave { 06.24.18 at 8:57 am }

Hi Coral, so sorry, I missed your last comment!!

At that age, you are good for everything. I’d advise 1.5 days at each of Epcot, AK, and HS, and 2.5 days at MK.

8/15 avoid MK
8/16 avoid Epcot
8/17 avoid MK, unless you are eligible for and can arrive early for the morning EMH. Note MK closes early that day
8/18 avoid AK and MK
8/19 avoid HS
8/20 avoid AK
8/21 avoid Epcot
8/22 avoid MK
8/23 avoid Epcot

Focusing on full days, I’d suggest MK on 8/16 and 8/21, Epcot on 8/17, HS on 8/18, AK on 8/19. 8/20 could be split between HS and Epcot, and 8/22 between MK and AK.

I don’t have any itineraries on this site that you can use for this, but you can adapt what is here: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2017/05/11/disney-world-higher-crowd-itinerary/ Note the changes it suggests for Hollywood Studios. In it you will find my recommmended dining and FastPass+.

11 Coral { 06.24.18 at 12:34 pm }

Perfect thank you Dave that helps alot. I truly appreciate it.

Coral

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