• On Feb 8, 2018
    Tiffany from NC 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.

    I’m planning a trip here soon. Is it better to book online or via telephone ? Are dining plans really worth it ? Also my mother in law lives in the area can she visit us on the resort property ? And anyway we can add her tickets to our plan ?

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thanks for visiting Disney Parks Moms Panel. It's great that you're planning your trip to Walt Disney World Resort and thinking about how to go about it.

    I've booked many Walt Disney World Vacations both online and over the phone. In my experience, I don't feel one approach is a "better" approach. It's really more of a personal choice. If you do choose the online approach, know that there is an online chat feature available from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. Eastern Time that lets you connect with a Cast Member in real time so you can ask questions. I always find the Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members — both on the phone and online — to be helpful and friendly and knowledgeable.

    A Disney Dining Plan can be a great and worthwhile addition to your vacation planning. You'll want to explore the plan options and what they offer and consider which plan best fits your vacationing dining style. For example, if you prefer to enjoy 3 meals a day as either a sit-down dining experience or full counter service, then the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan is a great way to accommodate that preference. If you're more of a quick counter service and snack type of park goer, than the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan is likely a better fit for you.

    If you're a guest at one of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, your mother-in-law can visit you at the resort. I would encourage you to call Walt Disney Resort vacation planing at at (407) 939-5277 and talk through the details of your plan to discuss the best choices and options for theme park tickets.

    Enjoy your Disney!

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The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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