• On Sep 9, 2017
    Heather from OH Asked

    planning a to go to Disney 7-2018. Like to request info/ advice for family of 4 w/ 18 year old & 10 year old + two adults that we booked w/ AAA w/meals+ticket hoppers.=4500. (No air) anything we should try, do, budget. Thanks!

    Hi Heather,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds like you have all of the basics covered! Having said that, I do have a few suggestions.

    First, I hope you intend to make dining reservations. Even though your kids are older, I suggest that you do at least one character meal. We love Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace and 1900 Park Fare for breakfast. The characters are just adorable. There are a number of fabulous restaurants at Disney Springs as well. Splitsville has dining and bowling. And you simply must stop by Sprinkles to try a cupcake!

    Be sure you make Fast Pass+ selections for attractions. As long as you stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. My family always sits down prior to Fast Pass+ selection day and prioritizes the rides we want to do. We also typically do all of our Fast Pass+ rides in the morning then we can use our fourth "rolling" Fast Pass+ later.

    Even on a dining plan, we bring a few snacks. I bring water bottles for the girls. We get free cups of ice water at various dining locations in the parks and we use those to fill up our water bottles with cold water. I also bring microwavable plates, bowls and utensils. When we have used the Disney Dining Plan, we used our quick-service meals for lunch and our table-service meals for dinner, so we brought breakfast foods for the resort hotel room. I have done instant oatmeal or instant grits (yes, those are a southern thing!) using hot water from the coffee maker in the room.

    Heather, our 10-year old girls love to play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom and Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. - totally low/no budget fun!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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