Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 30, 2009
    Linda Asked

    My grandchildren (9, 6 & 6) and I are leaving in 16 days! I want to be flexible but still have a schedule. One of my main concerns is our table service meal and making reservations not knowing where we will be at a particular time. Any suggestions?

    Hi, Linda!  I like to plan for my Walt Disney World vacations, but I don't make a lot of Advanced Dining Reservations because I don't want to necessarily HAVE to be somewhere because I made a reservation. 

    I try to keep things in a general perspective.  I map out which parks we are likely to be at on which days.  I know on the day we go to Animal Kingdom, we are likely going to be done and out of the park at around dinner, so I try to book a resort reservation or something in Downtown Disney for that night.  It's the one night I can virtually guarantee that we will be out of a theme park and needing to find dinner somewhere.

    The other things I think about are what meals are "Must Do" meals for my family.  The kids love the character meals, so I do try to build one character meal in during our trips.  You can plan to do a breakfast, and then head off in whatever direction you want to for the day without worrying about having to be somewhere.  We love the Cape May Character Buffet at the Beach Club Resort to do this.  It's a great breakfast, great character interaction, and a quick walk to EPCOT if you decide to spend your day there.

    If there is a dining experience you absolutely don't want to miss, build a day around that dining experience.  If you know, for example, that you do not want to leave Disney World without visiting the 50s Prime Time Cafe, book your reservation, then plan to spend the day at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  You don't have to worry about anything but that one meal time for the rest of the day, so it's not too stressful.

    Have a wonderful vacation! 
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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