• On Jun 23, 2012
    Jessica from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Always read this panel to see what new info I can find. I saw a question and you recommended early lunch. Was wondering what are the reasons you prefer early lunch to maybe early dinner? Is it just the time of day and crowds or also the food options ifsow

    Hi Jessica!

    Thank you so much for your question!

    I like to schedule early lunches and early dinners throughout our trip to maximize money spent on meals at the parks, save time and avoid the crowds.

    One day I will schedule an early lunch, some even offer as early as 11:00 a.m., because my family can grab a quick granola bar from the room on the way to the park and then combine breakfast with dinner. This also allows us to get into the park right when it opens, experience several of the popular attractions, then pop over for lunch without losing precious time in the morning. 

    When we do this, we will also have an early dinner, usually around 4:00. This is usually a crowded time at the parks, so we can avoid some of the lines by eating dinner early and then when everyone else is eating dinner we can hop on the attractions.

    By scheduling meals at off-times, we can often score Advanced Dining Reservations at the most popular places, such as Le Cellier. Also, if the dining location has a buffet, I like to schedule an early ADR to have the earliest and freshest selection. Disney does a great job at restocking the selection and keeping the food fresh, but this is just a personal preference of mine.

    It is absolutely my pleasure to help guests, so please let me know if there is anything else at all I can answer for you! 

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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