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Old 04-17-2008, 10:32 PM   #1
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First Disney trip with kids - please help!

I'm a bit overwhelmed with all of the planning! We are going 9/20-9/24 and staying at the Beach Club. We'll have our 4 year old PRINCESS OBSESSED daughter and 1 1/2 year old son.

My biggest concern is the dining reservations (we have the dining plan). There are so many choices! Which do I pick? We are flying to Florida. Do we need to rent a car to get to all of the different places? Are the character dinings all at resorts. Aaahhhhh! I need a professional trip planner

Thanks for any help. As you can tell, I'm new to this.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:11 PM   #2
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There are several character dining opportunities in the parks. For your princess obsessed daughter, you might want to try Akerhaus in Norway (at Epcot) for their Princess Storybook meal (we're going at lunch b/c we're not big breakfast people). There are so many choices! We like to try a new one every time, in addition to going to our favorites (my kids really like Chef Mickeys - we go the evening we arrive so we don't use up a day off our park tickets).... Of course, there is Cinderella's Royal Table (haven't been yet b/c I want to wait until ds is a little older for that one). Have fun planning!
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:16 AM   #3
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we went last time & stayed at all star movies - we used Disney bus transportation so we didnot rent a car, if you take into account travel time for the bus you can go anywhere in the World. There are quite a few character breakfasts - 1900 Park Fair has Cinderella at dinner. The princesses are also in Norway in Epcot.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:28 AM   #4
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I would suggest that you start with you ADR's! The sooner you call the more chances you have of getting the times that you want!
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:30 AM   #5
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Hi Jessica, and welcome! THis will be our first WDW visit since 1990, and our first with kids. Here are the ADRS I made, and why:

- Chef Mickeys (in the Contemporary, easy to reach by monorail.) Character dinner with make your own sundaes at the end.

- Fantasmic Dinner Package at Hollywood & Vine. This is the only one I'm concerned about since my youngest hates loud noise. If I have to take her out, I'll do so.

- The Coral Reef in Epcot. One entire wall is an aquarium. We loved it in 1990.

-Le Cellier in Epcot. My son is a huge steak eater.

- 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian, easily reachable by monorail. Dinner with Cinderella and friends. The Stepsisters are supposed to be hysterical, and my daughters can get their princess fix.

- 'Ohana at the Polynesian. Easy to reach by monorail. The food sounds delicious and the atmosphere sounds very kid friendly and cool!
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:11 AM   #6
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Since you are staying at the Beach Club...I highly recommend the character breakfast there.

I can't remember all of the characters, but I know we saw Goofy, Dale, & Minnie there. They are dressed in their beach attire. Very cute!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:22 AM   #7
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Oh thank you so much! I never thought planning a trip to Disney would be so scary!

Two questions (please don't laugh at me!)
1. Where is Hollywood & Vine
2. How do I get to the monorail from the beach club?
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:51 AM   #8
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We have princess obsessed daughters but they did not like the princess breakfast at Epcot because the food was not what they normally ate for breakfast. Maybe your daughter is less picky than ours, but there is also Cinderella's Royal Table in the castle at the magic kingdom. Our girls did not even know that you could go inside the castle until we told them right before lunch. They were SUPER excited and surprising them with princess dresses to change into before lunch and seeing how happy they were was the highlight of that trip!
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:59 AM   #9
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Oh thank you so much! I never thought planning a trip to Disney would be so scary!

Two questions (please don't laugh at me!)
1. Where is Hollywood & Vine
2. How do I get to the monorail from the beach club?

Hey Jess,
Of course we have to laugh at you, Us old heads are getting entirely to cynically we need you neebies to every once in a while remind us how much fun planning a trip can be. but don't worry because we all asked these questions too.
Anyway
Hollywood & Vine is in Mgm (now called Hollywood studios). The beach club is a great resort. You can walk to epcot and MGM, although the walk to mgm is about 10 minutes. ther boat to mgm is right outside your door.
Now the beach club is not on the monorail line but what you could do is walk over to epcot. You will enter through international gateway. On your left is England, to your right is France (these 2 don't get along so they were seperated) bear left and walk through to the other section of epcot and you can catch the monorail at the main entrance.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:01 AM   #10
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Okay, I'm getting some great ideas.

One more ? in addition to my other two above
Should we go to Downtown Disney? I know there's the Bippidi Boppidi Boutique there, but anything else age appropriate? We'll be arriving in the afternoon of our first day and I'm not sure what to plan for that day.

Thank you so much Eliza61

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Old 04-18-2008, 07:13 AM   #11
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I have two princess crazed dds. On our last trip we ate at Akerhaus for dinner and the girls were fine with their meals - standard kids food on the kids menu. Dh and I thought the food was pretty good. They saw Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmie and Ariel.

This trip we are eating at 1900 Parke Faire.

We chose not to do CRT, because of it taking 2 credits.

Other meals we did on our last trip -

Chef Mickeys - doing it again this trip. We did/are doing this on our first night. Early dinner at 5, see the main characters and then early bed time.

Hollywood and Vine - fun interactive meal with JoJo, Goliath, Leo and June. They only have characters at breakfast and lunch.

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We went during free dining so the two credits did not bother us. I definitely think that CRT is worth the credits though, it is so gorgeous up there and an incredible experience.

The good thing about getting any of the character breakfasts at the parks is that they can get you into the park early. That is always a great bonus!
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:46 AM   #13
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I would plan a few meals at Epcot and the Boardwalk so you can walk to them from your hotel. My kids also really had a lot of fun at the Crystal Palace when we went in October. This is a character meal in the MK and has pooh, tigger, eeyore and piglet.

We are going in 15 days with a 4 year old princess and an 18 month old too and are staying at the Beach Club Villas. We are not renting a car this time because we feel that the only time we will have to use the bus is to go to MK and AK. Whe we stay some other places, we do rent a car.

Enjoy all of the planning. Travelling with little ones can be stressful. Here is a good tip that I picked up on the boards....send a box to the hotel via ups one week before your trip. In ours we will put diapers, wipes, swim toys, toilletries, glow necklaces for the parades (they are so much cheaper at home), misting water bottle fans, ponchos, snacks for the kids, sunblock etc. You get the point. Put your name, reservation number and arrival date on the box and it will be brought to your room at check in. If you want to mail the box home , you can get a prepaid return sticker and drop it off at the front desk on your way out. I love doing this because there are lots of things I want to bring but don't want to pack and since now the airlines are charging for extra bags, this makes sense. The last trip it cost me 23$.

Good luck with the planning and have a great trip.

If you have any more questions about going with little ones, let me know. This will be my 18 mos olds 3rd trip and my 4 yr olds 4th trip. We have DVC.
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Go out TODAY and buy a Passporter. And a Birnbaums. The Birnbaum's isn't the best book, but its an EASY book - not at all overwhelming and you sound overwhelmed. Take a good look at the maps. You need to have a concept of how far apart the parks are and what is where. Not expert knowledge, but a concept.

We are dependant on Disney transportation (and suppliment with cabs) for our trips. Other people like the freedom a rental car adds to the trip. That's up to you - you can certain do it all without a rental car (and without cabs), but you might find yourself wanting the freedom of being able to get in your own car and just go.

Then make a list of all the restuarants that interest you. As soon as you can (like tomorrow) - call for ADRs, particularly for that Princess meal. You are going during free dining, you will not be able to get into a restaurant without a reservation. Some meals will already be booked solid for September (yeah, I know, ridiculous, right). I'd stay away from restaurants in hotels not in the Epcot resort area - especially if you don't have a car. Resort to resort transportation can be difficult. With kids that age, consider doing your sit down meal at lunchtime - then returning to the room for naps. Lunch is less popular (easier to get reservations), and its more predictable that your kids will be awake. Then you can play evenings by ear.

Then take a deep breath, the stuff that needs to be done now is out of the way. Now choose what parks you want to be in (try to plan parks near your meals or meals around parks). You have months to figure out Dumbo needs to be ridden first and judge whether Haunted Mansion is too scary for your kids.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:16 AM   #15
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Wonderful information Crisi! Thank you Going to the bookstore today. That's exactly the direction I needed! I had no idea where to begin.
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