Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World: DisneyWorld.com
 363-5800, or 1-800-551-0181
I like to save the best for last when visiting Disney parks. Start at Epcot-picking up a FASTPASS ticket to hold your place for the aerial thriller Soarin'-then spend the afternoon and evening around the World Showcase. Its wonder-filled slow pace eases my family into days of "theme parking." Next, take on the creatures of Disney's Animal Kingdom (grab a FASTPASS for Expedition Everest early) before moving on to the thrill rides and shows of Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly called Disney-MGM Studios (featuring the Stars and Motor Cars Parade, one of my favorites).
Crown the trip with the delights of the Magic Kingdom: Snag a fireworks-watching spot on the edge of Tomorrowland. Tinker Bell zips overhead, marking the perfect end to a Disney vacation dream. - -Annette Thompson
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
 626-7444, or 1-800-356-3016
3. Destin, Florida
 651-7131, or 1-800-322-3319
(left) Walt Disney World Resort: It's a big world after all. Spaceship Earth welcomes you to Epcot--there's a ride inside.