EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jun 15, 2008
    Dione from CO 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 love your panel!! Our 1st trip to WDW w/DDP is 12/31-1/7 w/our 10,7,and 3, yr. olds. Is it wise to make reservations for breakfast and dinner? I am worried about having enough time to see the sights and sit down at all of these meals. Will it be to much?

    It depends on who you ask Dione, but since I'm the one answering, let me assure you that we've successfully toured that way. 

    Some families find that they would rather do breakfast in the room, dine at counter service locations for lunch, and then treat themselves to a sit-down dinner.  I'm the first to admit that doing things that way would save some time, but having done it that way myself, I can honestly say that I like the itinerary you suggest better.

    My family thoroughly enjoys the sit-down meals we do at WDW.  We like to show up at the park at opening and get in a few good hours of touring before the parks start bursting at the seams with crowds.  We schedule late breakfasts (around 10:30 for example) and fairly early dinners (around 5:30 ish) and we tour the park/ take afternoon breaks in between.  This typical touring plan works well for us because we love to experience as many of the sit-down restaurants as we can during our trips.  We also aren't big fast food people and so the "real" food helps to energize us for the day.  Lastly, because we have four children, trying to maneuver through the counter service restaurants tends to be a difficult experience and we'd much rather just have a server come to us! 

    You can expect for the sit-down meals to last anywhere between one and two hours.  If you try it that way for a couple of days and it doesn't work for your family you can certainly cancel your ADR's and opt instead for a few counter service meals.

    Whichever route you choose, you should know that you won't have time to see it all.  I've been to WDW many times and I've yet to experience everything there is!  Just tour in a way that you think will work best for your family and have a magical trip!
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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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