OlgaDavis30: January 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Disney World Here We Come

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Shh, I've got a secret, but you cannot tell my kids. We are heading back to Disney World. Time to get away from the Chicago cold. Brrr. And as the date gets closer by to do list seems to be getting longer.
So I'll be sharing some of the things I've learned along the way.

180 days out

Make your dining reservations. We knew that this time around we'd try and get some breakfast times so we could get into the parks earlier. I like this idea because we can beat some of the crowd and try and get on some the most popular rides before the queues fill up to capacity. So we, like many other Disney early risers, will be heading to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan, and Winnie the Pooh. This is also in case we weren't able to get fast passes for any of the above mentioned rides. Rope drop has become very popular as well where you show up early so you can be among to first to ride as soon as the park opens. Disney has even added a special ticketed event, Early Morning Magic, to some Tuesday and Sunday mornings at Magic Kingdom where a limited number of tickets are sold and those three rides are open for your enjoyment (and breakfast is included). No real line waiting. I've heard great reviews about this option. Some people even getting on the Seven Dwarfs ride 15-20 times! Wow. I'd say it's worth the additional $69.

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When making dining reservations you could call or if you're like me, make reservations online. It's easy to see what times are available for your party size. And if you have any children under 3 be sure to include them on the reservation as they need to count all bodies (I'm sure ifs a fire code issue). Children under three are welcome to dine on a complimentary basis with their parents at restaurants that serve buffet or family-style.  At a la carte restaurants--where you order from a menu--children under the age of three can eat for free from your plate.  If your child has a big appetite, you are welcome to order a meal for them, but be advised that you will be charged for it. The restaurants we liked so far have been Cinderella's Royal Table, Be Our Guest, and Chef Mickey's. This time around we will be giving Tusker House a try at Animal Kingdom, another character dining experience.

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You can also make your reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. These reservations can fill up quick as well. And if you are like me you'll want to time it so your child can show off her princess look at Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table. BBB is also available at Disney Springs if you aren't able to get the reservation on Magic Kingdom or plan on going to a different park or restaurant, such as the character meal at Akerhus - Epcot. I've also learned that there is something that is more geared towards boys (but girls have packages too). Its Pirates League at Magic Kingdom, and its where you can be transformed into a pirate, empress or mermaid. These packages are also a lot more wallet friendly depending on what you are looking for.

Well that's all for today.
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