EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 25, 2012
    Clint Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hello, my wife, 4 yr. old daugther, and me are planning a trip to WDW from 14 May-18 May. We want to do the Deluxe Dining plan because we are very interested in scheduling character dinings. Will there still be time to see everything?

    Hi, Clint!  I'm not going to sugar coat it, table service dining can take a big chunk of time out of your vacation.  Having said that, however, with a four year old, these built in breaks can be great at making your days run more smoothly.  My girls always really needed a nice, cool break during the day, and having a character meal was a good plan for building in an hour rest while seeing some of their favorite characters.  when you're doing character meals, it almost feels like you're saving time.  You're combining eating with character meet and greets!

    I'd make a priority list of the things you don't want to leave Walt Disney World without seeing, and make sure you build those into your itinerary.  Add in your meals, and everything else you get to do will be pure bonus! 

    Weigh what's most important to your family.  Pros - the breaks are wonderful for keeping especially little ones happy; you don't have to wait in lines for some of your favorite characters; you get to eat a fabulous meal.  Cons - it does take longer than a quick service location.

    Have a wonderful vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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