We are sooooo excited about our first family trip to the world! DH and I used to work at MGM during college (15 years ago) We have been anxiously awaiting to take our family and felt that free dining was a perfect opportunity. We did a short trip when our oldest DD was just a little over 1. Our DD-10,DS-6, and DD-3 are very excited. We told them a week after we made the reservations. We are staying at POR 9/12-9/17. Hoping the crowds won't be too bad. We have PS for 1900 Fare, Ohana's,Sci-fi, and Teppanyaki,and Whispering Canyon. Hope it won't be too much for children. If it is we'll cancel and change plans. Can't decide if we should do AK. Our tickets are base tickets for 4 days and not sure if we want to use ticket for 1/2 day AK(I've heard it only takes about 4-5 hours to do) or let children pick favorite park to return to. Any suggestions! I know much has changed over the last 10 years. I love this site. I'm learning sooo much! Thanks to all for the many comments. I feel as though I've traveled with you!