Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 17, 2010
    Mattie from CA 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.

    My 13 yr old daughter and I are going to WDW in July 2010 to celebrate her birthday and I have the Dining Plus plan...I am finding it hard to book reservations at restaurants not knowing where we will be ....should I be planning out our trip in more detai?

    Hi Mattie,

    I know it seems weird to plan where you'll be dining 5 months from now, but I highly recommend making at least a working plan.  Remember you can always change reservations as your itinerary evolves.  Some of the more popular restaurants fill up very quickly, and during the busy month of July, it can often be impossible to get a table without making a reservation several months in advance.

    So, yes, I would plan out your trip in more detail.  It doesn't mean you need to plan minute by minute - but plan which parks you want to visit each day.  Look at the calendars and see if there are any shows/events that are specific to a day.  For example, if Fantasmic! is only performed on a Thursday evening while you are on vacation, you'll know that you want to be in Hollywood Studios on that night. 

    Also, take into consideration Extra Magic Hours.  Some people love using them to extend their days, while other people avoid parks with extended hours since they are often more crowded during regular hours.  You can find park hours for your stay by clicking HERE.

    Likewise, if there is a specific restaurant you want to dine at - say Cinderella's Royal Table - and you can only get in on Monday at lunch time, you know that you'll be spending time in the Magic Kingdom on that day.

    Once you have a daily itinerary, it's less overwhelming to choose a restaurant.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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