Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jun 25, 2010
    Patty from OH 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.

    Staying AS Movies 8/21 - 28. 5 adlt 3 ch, 6, 2,& 20 mos. Want to do Fantasmic lu package at Mama's or H&V. Is there a price difference? Choices sound iffy at H&V for my picky eaters. Is package worth it? Will it cut down wait time?

    Hi, Patty!   The Fantasmic Dining Package will save you wait time.   You can get in line 30 - 45 minutes prior to the show to get your seating, whereas I recommend up to 60 minutes for the stand-by line.

    To dine at Mama Melrose's, the price is about $33 for adults, $12 for your 6 year old, and your 2 younger ones can either share off your plates or you can order them their own meal for $12 each.  The cost at Hollywood & Vine is about $26 for adults and $14 for your 6 year old, and the younger ones can share off your plates (it is an all you can eat buffet, so no need here to pay for an additional meal.)

    I actually think Hollywood & Vine is the better option.   There is a complete buffet, including children's area that will have plenty of "kid friendly" food.  There are no characters here during dinner, but I like eating right away and not having to place an order. 

    But back to Fantasmic!   While this is an amazing nighttime show, it is dark and I think quite scary at times.   It is up to you if you think your kids can handle some villains, darkness, and smoke.   I took my niece when she was 4, and she was very scared.  Just wanted you to know and be prepared!

    If you want more information on any of this, just let me know!    I hope this all works out for you and your family.
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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