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Old 05-01-2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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Hi folks! We are planning our first WDW trip since 2000. My daughter was 4 then and next year she will be graduating HS (where did the time go?). The only thing she really remembers is a talking trash can chasing after her. This is the first time for my son who will be 11 when we go this November 2-9 (Sat.-Sat.). I'm sure I'll be asking alot of questions over the next few months but right now I'm trying to figure out the best day to reserve a character dinner at the Garden Grill. It appears that they only do dinners and not lunches. Here's my agenda so far based on easywdw.com's website:

11/2-Arrive at Extended Stay Suites late afternoon (driving from NJ)

11/3-MGM Studios- Fantasmic@7pm

11/4-Epcot-MSEP@8pm then Wishes. (this is when I planned the Garden Grill)

11/5-Magic Kingdom-Illuminations@9pm (Would this be a better day for Garden Grill?)

11/6-Sea World (no parks this day)

11/7-Magic Kingdom-MSEP and Wishes

11/8-Magic Kingdom-Osbourne Lights

11/9-Animal Kingdom in morning then leave for home by early afternoon.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I picked Garden Grill because I read that there is a better ratio between character and child than other cms.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:25 AM   #2
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Looks like you have a great plan! I'd like to suggest adding a tour to your agenda.
My DS and I did the Magic Behind the Steam Train Tour. You tour the roundhouse and see the train preparations for the day. You also get to experience Main Street USA without people. Great photo op!

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:32 AM   #4
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Your day at Illuminations (11/5) may be better for Garden Grill since it is also in Epcot. Don't forget to check on the timing for the Osbourne Lights as it gets closer, last year they didn't turn them on until 11/9.

Have fun planning!

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Old 05-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I ended up making reservations for 11/5 Tues. @ 4pm. We will be in MK but Illuminations doesn't start until 9 so I think that would give us plenty of time to scout out a place for it. I wanted to plan the cm on Mon. when we go to Epcot but the Electrical parade would start @ 8 and I was afraid of cutting it too close. The schedule says The Osbourne Lights start on Fri. 11/8 but I'll keep an eye on it if it changes.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #6
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seems like a good plan.
driving from NJ?
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