• On Feb 10, 2014
    Kimberly from SC 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.

    First trip to WDW Dec.2014-better to eat at crystal palace or do the candlelight processional dinner package? We have dining plan but have already planned out all but one of our sit down credits for the trip. Thanks for the advice!!!

    Hey Kimberly!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Mom Panel!

    How excited to be planning your first trip to Walt Disney World! I know it can be a little overwhelming that's why we are here to help you.

    If I were to decide between the two options you mentioned I would pick the Crystal Palace for a several of reason:

    • You are arriving at the same time as Disney is beginning a slow down after the Thanksgiving holiday rush. Therefore, the Candlelight Processional dinner package will not be necessary to guarantee a seat. I was there at approximately the same time last year and the Candlelight Processional wasn't full.
    • If you make an early reservation at the Crystal Palace you are allowed to enter the Magic Kingdom prior to the park opening. It is a fun experience to walk down Main Street, U. S. A. virtually alone. This is also a great time of day to get postcard quality pictures of Cinderella Castle.
    • Crystal Palace is a character dining experience where you get to meet and greet Winnie the Pooh and his friends.

    I hope this helps your planning. If you have any other questions please come back and see me.

    Wishing you a magical vacation and a pixie-dusted day!

    Sue N., IN

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Meet the Panelist: Sue, Indiana

Just call me "Super Team Mom." I am a banker by day and a Disney fanatic and Team Mom extraordinaire by night. I can leap volleyball players in a single bound all while planning dinner for 25 people, coordinating fundraisers and booking travel arrangements. I was born and raised in Maine and am currently living in Indiana. I can't wait to help you plan for magical sports vacations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Learn More About Sue

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