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  • On Jun 12, 2009
    Ann 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.

    We're first timers. Family of four, 2 parents w/ kids ages 10 and 15. Carribean Beach Resort July 25 -Aug 1, 7-day Magic Pass w/ waterpark option. Do we need the Park Hopper option? Do we absolutely need to make advance resturant reservations?

    Hi, Ann!    Welcome to  Walt Disney World!   You are going to enjoy Caribbean Beach.   The rooms have recently been refurbished and the pool area is really fun!

    You really do not need the park hopper option.  It is nice if you have it and really plan to park hop, but you will be fine without it and NOT adding it is a great way to save some money.

    I strongly recommend making advance dining reservations.   Tables fill up quickly and without some planning, you may have to resort to all counter service dining locations during your vacation.    Some places you might want to book that would be fun for your kids (based on availability, you might have to be flexible on  your times)
    -Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre OR 50's Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios
    -Whispering Canyon in the Wilderness Lodge
    -Teppan Edo in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot
    -Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney or Animal Kingdom
    -Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom

    For a complete list of restaurants with menus and pricing, go to and click on DINING.   To make your advance dining reservations, call (407)WDW-DINE.   

    Have a wonderful vacation and make sure to pick-up your First Visit button at guest services.
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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