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  • On Jan 15, 2009
    Laura from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    When is a good time to eat meals? We got the deluxe three meals a day plan and I am trying to spread them out but I don't want to eat too late because I have a one year old but I don't want to miss the fireworks. Please help!

    Hi, Laura!  Something that has always worked for us is to eat breakfast a little late, skip lunch in favor of a snack, and eat dinner early - around 4:30. 

    I have found that eating breakfast a little bit later lets us get into the park, and gives the kids a chance to wake up a bit better.  It also helps break up the day - especially with a baby.  We might ride one or two rides, then stop for a quick breakfast, which lets us get the baby out of the stroller to stretch her legs, and the other kids are already excited about the day and will actually want to finish eating and get back to playing!  With my girls, if I feed them as soon as they wake up, they tend to dilly dally and not eat as much.

    Instead of lunch, I might grab a turkey leg and split it among the kids.  Or we'll get some fruit salad and bottled water to share.  It holds off the hunger until a larger meal at dinner.

    The early dinner helps us avoid some of the crowds so we can enjoy the meal, plus I feel like it gives us a bit of a line advantage, because as we are heading back out into the parks, many other people are just heading into their dinner.

    Then, as we start to get ready for the fireworks, I pick up a little snack for everyone - like Casey's corn dog nuggets and fries.  It keeps the kids from getting bored while we are waiting, especially the little one, since they are just starting to get hungry again and will sit and enjoy the food.  I try to time things so that they are just wrapping up the snack before the fireworks start.

    Ideally, if there are two adults, send one for the snack while you settle in with the kids.  The line at Casey's around fireworks time can be long!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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