Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Jun 20, 2012
    Shayla from LA 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.

    Visiting WDW 12/22-12/28 with 5yo princess. Preparing to make ADR's. Due to large crowds, what time do you suggest for scheduling character meals to allow for rides, viewing attractions, etc? Have 5 day ticket--allowing 2 days for MK, 1 each for others.

    Hi Shayla,

    I have always found that during crowded times it is best to eat early or late. Since you'll be touring Walt Disney World with a young princess, I would recommend early dining times. 11 a.m. or first available seating for lunch and 4-5 p.m. seatings (or first available) for dinner.

    For breakfast, you can either eat early or book a late breakfast and make it a brunch. This method would require having a small snack in the morning to keep everyone fueled! A bowl of cereal, fruit, and/or granola bar, perhaps. Then book the last breakfast seating available at the restaurant of your choice so that you can tour some attractions and then take a break for your meal.

    The most important strategy is to be at the parks early and allow non-stop touring for at least the first two hours. You can get a lot accomplished from 9 - 11 a.m., for example.

    This tip also works for your counter-service meals. On a recent WDW vacation, we ate lunch at Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom with barely anyone else in the restaurant. Same was true for an early lunch at Pinocchio's Village Haus. When we walked by about an hour later, there was a line out the door and no available seating!

    Stay ahead of the crowds.

    And, enjoy a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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