We’re back. We’re exhausted, yet still exhilarated from the Disney magic of last week. The laundry’s done, the pictures are on FB and the family blog, and I’m taking some time to think about our vacation and what we learned this time around. It’s our third trip to Disney, and by now we feel like we know our way around and can relax a bit more on vacation instead of trying to pack tons into our days at the park and then walk away exhausted with our heads spinning!
- Build in a day to do Downtown Disney and your resort. This was our first day in Orlando, as our flight landed at 2:30, and we were at our resort by 3:30. We had a six night stay and five day park tickets. Since we didn’t want to use a park ticket for a late afternoon trip to a Disney park, we had decided to make DD our first day of our trip. We had an early dinner at our resort, then we headed to Downtown Disney to do our souvenir shopping because you can find almost anything at DD that you can find in the parks.
- Flying is the way to go. We had never flown with the kids before, and it proved to be wonderful. We have driven to Florida multiple times, but with gas being over or close to $4 a gallon, we could fly for a bit more than we could drive and have a hotel since it would take us 2 days to get there. Here I have some tips for flying with children if you’re interested.
- Dining Plan is so worth it! Using the Quick Service Dining Plan added $420 to our total. The five of us ate for $420 over the course of 5 days. We had 2 meals and 2 snacks per day of our trip, per person. At the end of our trip, we had a few meals left-because we had shared some lunches or dinners since the portions are so huge-and a couple snacks. You get an entree, dessert, and a drink with each adult meal. The kids get an entree, two sides, and a drink for each meal. When they rang up our meals, one of them would have been $70+ had we paid it out of our pocket. Our dinner at Wolfgang Puck would have been $66 dollars out of pocket, but it was included in our dining plan. When you think about it, averaging $50 for dinner alone over 5 days, you’re at $200-and that isn’t even including the 2 lunches and 2 snacks you’re allotted on the dining plan. Not to mention the convenience of not having to tote around a cooler or not having to return to your resort to eat a quick lunch or dinner in your room.
- Come back next week for more on having a successful Disney vacation with your family! What tips do you have to share?