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  • On May 2, 2011
    April from TX 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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    I am planning our first trip to Disney in December..Any advice would be greatly appericated. I booked the hotel, tickets and dining plan. I am not to sure how to do the character dining? Any advice would help?? Thanks

    Hi April!

    Have you ordered the free Walt Disney World planning DVD?  It's a good place to start. I also recommend picking up the book "The Complete Walt Disney World" by Julie and Mike Neal. There are a lot of good tour books out there, but I especially like this for first timers as it is packed with photos and some good tips; the photos help to get everybody excited for the trip and give a glimpse of all of the wonderful things to do inside and outside of the theme parks.  If you want more detailed tips and information after reading that book, then I suggest getting 'The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World", co-authored by Len Testa.
    One of the biggest mistakes a first timer sometimes makes is not making dining reservations.  Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be critical if you want to dine in a Table Service (full service) restaurant.  You may make on-line reservations here.  ADRs are allowed up to 180 days in advance.  There are several restaurants with characters at various meals.  My favorite is Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort.   Mickey Mouse and friends are available for both breakfast and dinner.  Another great character dining experience is breakfast at Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club Resort.  You make a reservation for a character dining experience just like you would make one for a "normal" Table Service restaurant.

    Write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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