Disney world advice and tips

Mae - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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We are going to Disney world in July and i am wanting some advice and tips, my kids are 7 and 3 and we are staying at one of the value resorts with dining options. Where are the best places to have a sit down meal.

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Sandy - posted on 04/29/2009

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from what i understand the all star resorts are the same as pop century a value resort a little different but all the same clean and well kept. No we didn't book reservations online or in advance except for the hoop de do but we had 21 people going there with us. We all dinner together every night and we didn't have a problem booking once we got there. only thing was some of our suppers were at 4 or 430 but that didn't matter because we would save our snack till we came back to the hotel. everywhere we ate we were so full because must were all you can eat and the resturants that were not gave you big servings. any more questions just ask love to help if i can don't know much but i know what worked for us. Every place has a kids menu which you are to order off for you meal plan but it almost the same everywhere, my girls got sick of eating the same thing so one thing I would do is your quick service meals are the same whether it be kids or adult so my husband would sit with the girls and i would order off the adults menu and then they would share one but get to eat something different which they enjoyed. and by doing that we had enough quick service meals left over to have breakfast the morning we left and we also brought home 9 of our snack that we did not use as we were not hungry and use them for treats on the plane and so forth see ya talk soon

April - posted on 04/28/2009

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u should do at least one character meal the kids will love when u go to animal kingdom go in the morning dont forget sunblock we went in august and fried make sure u see everything in magic kingdom it is the best for the kids freeze bottles of water to carry with u i always carried about 4 and some wash clothes to wipe down it gets extremely hot that time of year enjoy your evenings they will be the best time and see all the parades the are great have fun

Miranda - posted on 04/28/2009

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If you do a character breakfast at Animal Kingdom theres a place called The Tusker House it was really good and at Downtown Disney there is a new Restaurant called T-Rex you so have to go there it is amazing its like a Rainforest Cafe but with Dinos. There are Animatronics and the food is amazing one other one that we really enjoyed was at Disney Hollywood Studios its a Sci-Fi Restaurant with a drive-in setting and you sit in old convertables was pretty awesome! Breakfast at the resort is great lots to choose from! My little boy was 5 when we went on New Years was amazing planning on going back at Christams and doing have time at Disney and the rest of the time on a disney cruise we love it there!!

Mae - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Sandy:

I just got back from disney about a month ago and we also stayed in a value resort pop century and had the same meal plan as you do. the hotel was spotless as was the parks. I never ate so well or so muchor as good as i did with that meal plan. At the hotel you can buy a mug 12.99 and it is free for any beverage from the drink bar the full time your there we would use this always for breakfast ect. then take our bottled drink from the meal to the park with us save on buying extra drinks. as for anything you wish to purchace from coffee to suveniors it cost the same no matter where you go whether it be at the hotel or at a park. To our family it was a vacation of a life time would do it all over. As for places to eat we really enjoyed chef mickeys (uses one of your table service) the kid had great interactions with the charactors and no line ups to wait in. We also enjoyed the hoop de do reveiw a sit down meal with dinner show all you can eat and drink my 5 yr olds still talk about it and it was quite enjoyable. We also booked reservations for for our table meals once we got to disney and decided which park we wanted to visit then in the lobby you can pick up pamphlets for each park then decide where you would like to go and make the reservations from your room. the staff is amazing they will do anything to help you out also. enjoy you trip the babes will love it



So, you didn't  do the online reservations for your table meal prior to arrival? did you happen to see the all star movie or all star music resorts, and if you did, where they ok , we are thinking of staying in one of those resorts.... thanks...i can't wait to go but have so many things to organize lol.

Lindsey - posted on 04/28/2009

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ps definately do the Fast Pass for all the main rides it really helps you to not have to stand in line so much!

Lindsey - posted on 04/28/2009

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I Highly reccomend going to a book store or (half priced books) and buying a Disney guide. We did this with our kids about the same age (7 and 2) when we went, it really helps you to plan how to visit each park and what the kids will enjoy the most!! Plan before you go and bring the book for reference while there, I would never go back to Disney with out it!!! Have a blast and let the magic take you in, I love that place!

Sandy - posted on 04/28/2009

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I just got back from disney about a month ago and we also stayed in a value resort pop century and had the same meal plan as you do. the hotel was spotless as was the parks. I never ate so well or so muchor as good as i did with that meal plan. At the hotel you can buy a mug 12.99 and it is free for any beverage from the drink bar the full time your there we would use this always for breakfast ect. then take our bottled drink from the meal to the park with us save on buying extra drinks. as for anything you wish to purchace from coffee to suveniors it cost the same no matter where you go whether it be at the hotel or at a park. To our family it was a vacation of a life time would do it all over. As for places to eat we really enjoyed chef mickeys (uses one of your table service) the kid had great interactions with the charactors and no line ups to wait in. We also enjoyed the hoop de do reveiw a sit down meal with dinner show all you can eat and drink my 5 yr olds still talk about it and it was quite enjoyable. We also booked reservations for for our table meals once we got to disney and decided which park we wanted to visit then in the lobby you can pick up pamphlets for each park then decide where you would like to go and make the reservations from your room. the staff is amazing they will do anything to help you out also. enjoy you trip the babes will love it

Mae - posted on 04/28/2009

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THANK YOU SO MUCH LADIES.....THESE ARE ALL HELPFUL TIPS. WE ARE EXCITED BUT I AM DREADING THE HEAT AND THE SPENDING LOL. WE HAVE THE JUST THE DINING OPTION WITH 1 SNACK, 1 QUICK SERVICE MEAL AND 1 TABLE MEAL....I DON'T KNOW WHAT ALL OF THESE MEANS WE ARE ALSO GETTING A 5 DAY BASE PASS......

THANK YOU AND KEEP THEM COMING...

Linda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Andrea:

Your children are the same age distance apart as my boys. We've gone almost every year to Disney for the past 9 years. Our oldest was 2 on his first trip and our youngest was 10 1/2 months on his first trip. At Magic Kingdom, we always eat at Pinocchio's Village Haus because it has what my kids like, which is pizza. We've also enjoyed a couple of the character meals over the years: Chef Mickey's, which is in the Contemporary Resort and has Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Chip, & Dale who walk around to the tables and will pose for pictures and autographs. We've also done the Crystal Palace dinner with Winnie the Pooh and friends (Tigger, Eeyore, & Piglet) once.

The food at the parks is pretty expensive, and with you being there in July, it will be VERY HOT. You will need lots of water - which we've been known to spend up to $30 per day on bottled water. They have water fountains in the park, but if you have sensitive tastebuds like I do, you won't like the Florida water. Most of the years we've gone in May/June, but once we were there in July, I was pregnant, and miserably hot.

Our most recent trip was this past January/February. We learned that you CAN now bring your own food into the parks. Since you have dining options, it's not as big a deal, but know that you can bring snacks and drinks in for the family. With all the walking you'll be doing, the kids will get hungry and tired between meals - which if they are like my kids, hungry+tired=not good. LOL

As for the other parks, I don't really remember a lot about them, as far as the dining goes. We've taken our kids to Animal Kingdom twice, Hollywood Studios twice, and they've never been to Epcot. We always go to Magic Kingdom because they can ride everything there.

With water parks, my husband and I prefer Blizzard Beach over Typhoon Lagoon. We've actually never taken the kids to Typhoon Lagoon, we we were there on our honeymoon 13 years ago.

One thing I would suggest that's fun for the kids, is to get them an autograph book. If you want to go the cheaper way, buy one in advance and take it with you. Otherwise, you can buy them at the park. When your kids are in line to get pictures taken with the characters, they will sign their autograph books.

2009 is the year of "get in free on your birthday". Hopefully someone has a birthday while you're there. The birthday kid gets special treatment all day long on his or her birthday! :)


Bring snacks. Bring Water.  Bring whatever you can comfortably move around with.  That will be a life saver for sure!!!!  It will be HOT!

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Your children are the same age distance apart as my boys. We've gone almost every year to Disney for the past 9 years. Our oldest was 2 on his first trip and our youngest was 10 1/2 months on his first trip. At Magic Kingdom, we always eat at Pinocchio's Village Haus because it has what my kids like, which is pizza. We've also enjoyed a couple of the character meals over the years: Chef Mickey's, which is in the Contemporary Resort and has Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Chip, & Dale who walk around to the tables and will pose for pictures and autographs. We've also done the Crystal Palace dinner with Winnie the Pooh and friends (Tigger, Eeyore, & Piglet) once.



The food at the parks is pretty expensive, and with you being there in July, it will be VERY HOT. You will need lots of water - which we've been known to spend up to $30 per day on bottled water. They have water fountains in the park, but if you have sensitive tastebuds like I do, you won't like the Florida water. Most of the years we've gone in May/June, but once we were there in July, I was pregnant, and miserably hot.



Our most recent trip was this past January/February. We learned that you CAN now bring your own food into the parks. Since you have dining options, it's not as big a deal, but know that you can bring snacks and drinks in for the family. With all the walking you'll be doing, the kids will get hungry and tired between meals - which if they are like my kids, hungry+tired=not good. LOL



As for the other parks, I don't really remember a lot about them, as far as the dining goes. We've taken our kids to Animal Kingdom twice, Hollywood Studios twice, and they've never been to Epcot. We always go to Magic Kingdom because they can ride everything there.



With water parks, my husband and I prefer Blizzard Beach over Typhoon Lagoon. We've actually never taken the kids to Typhoon Lagoon, we we were there on our honeymoon 13 years ago.



One thing I would suggest that's fun for the kids, is to get them an autograph book. If you want to go the cheaper way, buy one in advance and take it with you. Otherwise, you can buy them at the park. When your kids are in line to get pictures taken with the characters, they will sign their autograph books.



2009 is the year of "get in free on your birthday". Hopefully someone has a birthday while you're there. The birthday kid gets special treatment all day long on his or her birthday! :)

Christie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I hope you and your family have lots of fun! My husband and I honeymooned in disney, (and surprise, that's how we conceived our first!).We've also been down there with our son too. Both times we enjoyed the Liberty Tree tavern. It is a regular sit down meal, but there are characters there, and you don't have to pay for the character's price. Good food, family style. We also went to the Ohana for breakfast, which is in the Polynesian Resort. More character dinning, but at the character price. Great food and great atmosphere. I also suggest that you make reservations, so you don't have to wait as long. Good luck and have fun!

Linda - posted on 04/28/2009

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I haven't traveled with kids yet, but I worked there and went with my husband. If you have the park hopper option and your own transportation (car) I would eat off of Disney property (especially if you plan to stay for several days). There are great places to eat on their property like the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom - which is fairly close to the park entrance, has Character dining, and serves American food. Next door is hot dogs at Casey's (they are awesome! I never thought I'd say that about a hot dog), but you have to sit outside. Planning your meals is important (as is choosing what shows and rides you want to do). There will be likely a lot of walking and you may get caught spending a lot more on food doing convenience eating and drinking if you are not careful.

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That's so exciting. It will be very hot and humid in July so make sure you carry water bottles. Your 3 year may require a stroller at times. You will walk yourself to death! I always wore tennis shoes during the day but changed in to sandals later on which helped my feet feel refreshed for evening walking. You can also expect daily rain showers but keep in mind that they are usually short and occur in the late afternoon. Some fun restaurants in the Magic Kingdom are the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn, Pinocchio Village Haus, and if you really want to splurge you can go to Cinderella's Royal Table (but you have to plan that one ahead of time because they stay booked). If you are in Epcot there is character dining with Chip n Dale at the Garden Grill. Animal Kingdom has a Donald's Safari breakfast at the Tusker House Restaurant. They also have family buffets. There is also the Rainforest Cafe which is a very fun place for children. There is a shuttle that will take you to Downtown Disney which has a lot of dining including Planet Hollywood. For the 7 year old I would suggest setting aside a allowance so he doesn't go overboard wanting to buy, buy, buy. It's a great opportunity to teach him about money. I even set aside an allowance for myself! LOL Have fun.

Shonda - posted on 04/28/2009

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There are alot of great places to have sit down meals, do you want character interaction? do you have the delux dining or just the dining option. Have you checked out the Dis boards? A great place to plan and get tons of info is www.disboards.com

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