• On Feb 26, 2019
    Katherine from TX 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.

    Traveling for 7 nights to WDW - would like character dining and dining that includes access to fireworks/parades that we can enjoy. My husband has only ever been for 2 days and our 18 mth old daughters first trip. What all should I reserve in advance?

    Hi, Katherine! 

    I am sure that you are getting excited about your upcoming trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.  I am glad to hEAR that you are planning ahead for what you would like to experience when you visit.  Dining reservations are highly recommended and can be made 180 days in advance, so now is the perfect time to be thinking about this.

    Character dining is a great way to visit with your favorite Disney pals.  Some of my family's favorite character dining locations include Chef Mickey's, Garden Grill Restaurant, Cinderella's Royal Table, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, and The Crystal Palace.  If you plan on dining at a restaurant inside one of the theme parks, booking a breakfast reservation prior to park opening is a great strategy.  This gets you inside the park earlier than most guests, so you have time to take some great photos without crowds in the background.  Sometimes you can even begin making your way to an attraction before other guests begin to arrive. 

    I would also recommend that you look into the Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace.  With its delicious treats and spectacular fireworks views, this is my favorite way to end a day at Magic Kingdom Park.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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