Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Jan 28, 2012
    Gayla from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am planning a trip in May 7nights. This will be my dh, ds (6), and dd (9) 1st trip. We are going with the dlx dining plan because we are planning to do several character meals plus 2 shows. I'm afraid that I'm overplanning. Any ideas?

    Hi Gayla!

    Congratulations on your quickly approaching Walt Disney World family vacation!
    How exciting that it's your husband's and children's First Visits! Be sure to stop by Guest Services in the Park or at your resort front desk to get them 'First Visit' buttons to wear throughout your stay!

    You're certainly not "over-planning" - this of course coming from a WDW uber-planner ;) - and it sounds like you're very aware of what you want to accomplish and planning well for it all!

    I'm a HUGE fan of the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. It is a lot of food, unquestionably, however well worth the money and huge savings in the end if you're planning to attend several signature dining locations or dinner show events on top of Character Dining and regular meals. On the the Deluxe Plan, I generally reserve breakfast and dinner daily, including Characters, a signature meal or show and even the occasional lunch on every trip. You also can't beat having such a great number of snack credits at your disposal for an icy treat to cool down in the afternoon, or a substantial 'snack' instead of lunch on a day that you're using 2 credits for a dinner show. I find it really balances out well in the end.

    Since your trip is coming up quick, you'll definitely want to visit the Online Dining & Reservations page and start your bookings right away if you haven't already!

    If you need any assistance with the planning of your days, or recommendations for specific character meals or shows, please feel free to contact me again and I'd LOVE to assist you further with your plans!

    Wishing you a simply Magical time as you plan your upcoming vacation Gayla!

    Kirsten
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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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