• On Jul 20, 2008
    Lisa from NL 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.

    This is my first visit to Walt Disney with my husband and 9 year old son. I was wondering what I should focus more on planning for the attractions or dining? Is it necessary to make reservations for all table service meal?

    It's hard to say that you should focus more on one than the other.  What has always worked best for me is to focus more on planning which park you will visit on any given day and go from there.  That way, if you know you will be visiting the Magic Kingdom on Saturday, for instance,  then perhaps you'll want to plan a lunch at Crystal Palace or one of the resort hotel restaurants close to the Magic Kingdom.  Once you plan a general itinerary for the length of your stay, you can easily choose restaurants in or around your destination.  As far as planning for the attractions, I think it wise to make a list of the top six or seven attractions you really want to experience at each park.  Be sure to do those early in the day.  Once you have completed your "must-sees" you can use any extra time to visit and experience some of the attractions that didn't make the top of your list. 

    Are dining reservations really necessary?  The short answer to that question is yes, they really are.  There are exceptions, of course.  If you don't mind eating at very off times, for instance, or if you don't care to dine in the more popular restaurants, then you may be able to walk up and get seated.  But, I really have to stress the importance of making dining reservations.  Doing so is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to enjoy a meal in a restaurant that really interests you. 

    Have fun planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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