Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Dec 9, 2012
    Shari 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.

    Thanks for answering my Q. Staying 3/23/13 @ Wilderness Resort on deluxe dining plan. 11yr old daughter excited to vacation with us while her sister stays elsewhere with the band. All suggestions welcomed.

    Hello again, Shari! So glad you're back!

    Well, you are off to a fantastic start by having chosen Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort AND the Deluxe Dining Plan. Nicely done!

    Assuming you're staying a full week, I took a look at and found that the parks with the lowest crowd levels are the following:

    3/23: Magic Kingdom (MK) and Animal Kingdom (AK)
    3/24: AK
    3/25: Epcot (EP)
    3/26: MK, EP, Disney's Hollywood Studios (HS)
    3/27: EP
    3/28: AK
    3/29: EP, HS
    3/30: EP
    3/31: MK, AK

    Now, with your 2013 Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, you'll want to make your Advanced Dining Reservations ASAP, since the 180 day window for making these reservations has already passed (other Guests have booked their ADRs for that very popular week, so the sooner you can book yours, the better!) I advise choosing two Table-Service restaurants per day, with a Quick-Service meal for the third; this will allow you enjoy three meals a day without feeling as if you've spent far too many hours each day in a TS restaurant.  On days when we eat two TS meals, we book an early breakfast and an early dinner or an early lunch and a late dinner.

    Another thing to consider is if you're willing to spend 2 TS entitlements on Signature Dining Restaurants. If I were you, I would! Some days a large breakfast plus a large dinner means that you won't even have room for a QS meal in between; on those days, a snack or two might be best to hold you over.

    I'm running out of room in my answer, though, so send another question letting me know if you'll be in WDW on the dates I've shown above; I'll list the restaurants that are not-to-miss so that you can get started on reserving your Advanced Dining Reservations ASAP. What a fun week you're in for, Shari!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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