Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jul 21, 2009
    Jennifer from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning our first trip to DW !! we are arriving 09/04 to 09/09 we have a 9th and 7thyr old both girls i'm a little overwelmed with the planning since I don't know what to expect we have the free dining! no park hopper any ideas ?

    Jennifer:

    Your biggest decision is already made: you know your dates and your resort! 

    Our family usually opts for the one-park-a-day tickets, too--and this will help you keep things simple!  I suggest choosing your park BEFORE making dining decisions, and here are my guidelines:

    1. Visit the smaller parks (Disney Studios/Magic Kingdom) on weekdays and the larger parks (Animal Kingdom/Epcot) on the weekends to accommodate larger crowds.
    2. Also to avoid crowds, don't go to the parks that offer Magic Hours or Disney Studios when it shows Fantasmic.
    With these in mind, for your dates, I'd visit:

    • Magic Kingdom on Saturday
    • Epcot on Sunday
    • Animal Kingdom on Monday
    • Disney Studios on Tuesday
    Now, you can choose your restaurants in or around those parks! 

    FYI: Animal Kingdom closes early so you can visit a resort restaurant like Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge or 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian, featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming!

    If you don't have good luck with the Character Dining at Hollywood & Vine at Disney Studios, consider taking the boat over to Beach Club for its Cape May Character Breakfast.  Epcot offers Princess meals at Akershus (I like dinner because you get a picture package free, but keep in mind the food may be a bit exotic) or the hibachi grill at Teppan Edo or even the fun oompah band floor-show at Biergarten!

    Magic Kingdom and the resorts around it provide ample opportunities for fun meals.  Even though it may be hard to get into Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace offers a lively parade with Pooh and his friends in the park and the freshest buffet, in my opinion, on property.

    If you need any more suggestions, just visit me through my bio page!  Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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