My DH and I are in the beginnig stages of planning and saving for a trip to the world. His first ever and the first for me since Epcot opened. This is in celebration of a successful liver tranplant operation that happened last August. It was one of the things we dreamed of for the 5 years while we waited for it to happen. Reading these boards has told me that early planning is a must. We plan to stay on property and the one request from my DH is to have the dining plan included. He is diabetic so, eating on a regular schedule is a good thing. My question is, must the dining plan be part of a package or can we go about buying everything separately? Any advise as to the best way (aka saving the most money)to buy all the components would be greatly appreciated. One other question would be about airfare. We live in Washington state ( well actually Vancouver, WA - which is like being a suburb of Portland, Oregon) Does anyone having any tips as to which carrier to try and book airfare? Once we have tackled this part I am sure I will be back to ask about planning spreadsheats and other hints for once we actually get there. Thanks everyone!