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  • On Aug 26, 2012
    Kristin from PA 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 your reply Bernie! We are looking at doing a Sunday through Friday park ticket package, so 6 days. As far as table service, we would probably want a few meals that way - our kids are fairly young (5&2) so we don't want to tax them too much

    Hi Kristin!

    Thank you for writing back!

    Since your children are relatively young and you are going in January (and thus it might be cold), I would suggest not purchasing the Water Park Fun & More option. That leaves the question of whether or not to purchase the Park Hopper option.  With young children, I recommend not purchasing that option.  That is because the parks close relatively early in January when compared to the busier times of the year or the summer months. Thus you could easily spend an entire day in a park and not worry about hopping to another park.  If you decide not to get it now, you can always change your mind and upgrade once you are at Walt Disney World; there will be no difference in price. However, just keep in mind that if you add the Park Hopper later, it will cost the same on your last day as if you bought it on your first day! 

    With regards to a Disney Dining Plan, if you wrote back that you definitely want to have at least one Table Service meal each day then I would suggest looking into a Disney Dining Plan. But since you wrote that you only want to do a few meals that way, I suggest not getting a Disney Dining Plan and instead paying out of pocket for meals. However, the only way to make a good decision is to do the math.  If you want to do that, I suggest visiting the independent website AllEars.Net.  At All Ears you can see the menu, including prices, for all of the Quick Service and Table Service locations within Walt Disney World. Then, knowing where you might dine and what each family member might order, you can decide what makes the most sense financially.

    Whatever you do, be sure to make Advance Dining Reservations. They are critical for Table Service restaurants and they can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Some to consider are 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey's, Garden Grill, Coral Reef, breakfast at Cape May Cafe, and breakfast at Ohana.
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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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