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Step #2: Choosing a Dining Plan

The most popular Disney Dining Plan called Disney Dining consists of 2 snacks, 1 counter service meal, and 1 table service meal per person per amount of nights of your stay in a Walt Disney World Resort. It also includes a resort refillable mug. A snack is almost anything that is about $5.00. A counter service meal is a meal, and non - alcoholic drink in a Disney walk up style eatery. An example would be ordering a cheeseburger, fries, and a coke.

A table service is eating in any of Disney’s full service restaurants. If it is a buffet then it includes the buffet and a non - alcoholic drink. If the restaurant is a traditional sit down restaurant the Disney Dining plan includes your non - alcoholic drink, entrée, and dessert per person. You do have to take care of the tip out of your own pocket. 

There is also a less expensive dining plan called Quick Service dining. Everyone in the family receives 2 counter service meals per night of your stay, 2 snacks per night of your stay, and the resort refillable mug.

Another dining plan option is called Deluxe Disney dining. This plan includes any combination of 3 meals of counter service and table service per night of your stay.  For example, you could use 2 table service credits and 1 counter service credit on a given day.  The plan includes 2 snacks per night of your stay, and the resort refillable mug.

Dining Change for 2018

Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving alcoholic drink within their meal entitlement.

A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
Milkshakes, Smoothies, Premium Hot chocolates, Soda, Coffee, or Tea

A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
Beer or Cider, Wine or Sangria, Mixed Drinks, and Specialty Cocktails

Note: If you choose to eat at Cinderella's Royal Table you will get charged 2 table service credits for the meal. Almost all full service restaurants are 1 table service credit.

What is Disney's Magical Express?

If you are staying in a Walt Disney World resort you receive complimentary shuttle and luggage service from Orlando International Airport to the resort and back to the airport when you check out. This service is called Disney’s Magical Express Service. You will receive yellow luggage tags to put on the bags you plan to check in with the airline. After these bags are checked you will board your plane for Orlando. When you get off of the plane in Orlando International, go directly to the Disney's Magical Express Service area, which is located at B Side Level 1. Do not go to baggage claim. Disney will get the your checked bags. You and the family get onto a Disney's Magical Express shuttle, and the luggage will show up in your resort room. Make sure to bring a change of clothes, pajamas, and toiletries in your carry on just in case the luggage gets to your resort room late. Please note that this service must be set up with Disney approximately 4 weeks before your trip. The easiest way to set this up is to call Disney's Magical Express at (866) 599-0951.  If your plane arrives into Orlando International at 10pm or after then you will have to get your own bags.

Step #3: Choosing the length of your theme park tickets

Walt Disney World ticket pricing (includes tax) (Adult = ages 10+, Child = ages 3-9)

2 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $211.94  or 2 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $199.16

3 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $307.79  or 3 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $288.62

4 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $372.75  or 4 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $351.45

5 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $394.05  or 5 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $372.75

6 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $415.35  or 6 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $394.05

7 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $436.65  or 7 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $415.35

8 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $447.30  or 8 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $426.00

9 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $457.95  or 9 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $436.65

10 day Magic Your Way Base Adult ticket = $468.60  or 10 Day Magic Your Way Base Child Ticket = $447.30

**Adding on a Park Hopper and/or Plus Option the ticket price will increase between $64 and $95 depending on the amount of days**

What is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?

If you would like your little girl to have her hair done, nails, and make up like a Disney princess, then Mouse Vacation Planning can make a reservation for you at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This salon is located in the castle in the Magic Kingdom and in Downtown Disney. This service starts at around $50 and goes as high as $250 which would include a princess dress.

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  • Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter (moderate): The resort is the smallest in Walt Disney World (WDW) and is themed after New Orleans. It has a great food court that is small, quiet, and manageable. I highly recommend trying the beignets. This New Orleans favorite is fried dough with a powered sugar topping.  There is even boat transportation in the back of the resort to Disney Springs.

  • Disney's Caribbean Beach (moderate): It is like walking into the Caribbean while staying in this beautiful resort. It contains a large food court with numerous food options. The main pool is spectacular with a high energy slide. The one downside is that the resort is large so there are five separate bus stops on property to take guests to the theme parks.
  • Disney's All Star Sports (value): The resort buildings are identified by sport themes such as: football (touchdown), baseball, basketball, and tennis. It even has a football field that families can play on and larger than life sports icons and equipment. There are only two types of rooms. They are: standard rooms or preferred rooms, which are closer to the food court. The food court is enormous and has multiple food choices for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Disney's Pop Century Resort (value): Families can journey back to the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s in this resort.  It has giant sized memorabilia from the different decades and the food court is family friendly with numerous choices for everyone. There is even a walkway in the back of the resort over to Disney's Art of Animation Resort.
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort (value)​: The resort is the newest value resort in WDW. The grounds are like stepping into a Disney movie. The resort contains a large food court for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The feature pool is the largest pool of any resort on property. There are two different types of room choices. The resort contains Little Mermaid standard rooms which sleep four and a child under three in a pack-n-play. The resort has family suites that sleep six as well. They are: Cars family suites, Finding Nemo family suites, Lion King family suites, and family suites that are not based after any Disney movie. Please note that if Disney is offering a discount of any kind the discount will usually work for some of the family suites, but the Little Mermaid rooms are never discounted.
  • Disney's Beach Club (deluxe): The resort is gorgeous and has the best and most unique pool area I have ever seen, including a sandy bottom and a lazy river. The resort is home to my favorite restaurant in the world, Cape May.  The resort has numerous room choices that include standard rooms, pool and garden view rooms, and even suites. You can walk out the back doors of the resort and be on the Boardwalk, which is similar to boardwalks in New Jersey and Maryland.  You can take a 5 minute walk over to Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios from the resort as well.

  • Disney's Contemporary Resort (deluxe): This is one of the original resorts and it is on the monorail loop.  The monorail travels through the resort and it will take you on your journey to the Magic Kingdom. Your family can choose to walk to the Magic Kingdom on a walking trail too. Chef Mickey's is located within the magical walls of the Contemporary. You can choose a view of the Magic Kingdom from your room which will be more expensive than a standard view room.

  • Disney's Bay Lake Tower (deluxe): The resort has a futuristic theme and is incredibly quiet. It contains deluxe studios, 1 bedroom suites, and 2 bedroom suites. Families have the luxury of walking over to the Magic Kingdom from the resort. Families have the option of viewing the Magic Kingdom fireworks, named Wishes, from the top of the resort, while listening to the "Wishes" music.
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (deluxe): The resort is absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. It is a five star resort and is home to a world class spa. It has six restaurants. They range from upscale to quick service establishments. One of my family's favorites is 1900 Park Fare. You even have the option to view the Magic Kingdom from your room, but this option does come with an additional cost.
  • Disney's Polynesian Village (deluxe): When you walk into the Polynesian it is like taking a step into Hawaii. It is a spectacular resort and you will be greeted with an "Aloha!" from courteous and friendly cast members. The resort is home to the restaurant 'Ohana, where you can eat breakfast with Mickey. Your family will be very close to the Magic Kingdom since it is on the monorail loop. Since you are so close to the Magic Kingdom you do have the option of staying in a room with a theme park view!
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (deluxe): This deluxe resort is spectacular like all the others, but it includes its own special niche. The resort is located near Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park so you are able to view the animals walking in the savannah in certain areas of the resort. All rooms do not have a view of the animals, but there are some where you can see giraffes and many other beautiful animals right from your balcony. The resort is home to a few delicious restaurants, including a family favorite of ours called Boma.

Step #1: Choosing a Walt Disney World Resort

​Walt Disney World has many resorts to choose from depending on how much money you want to spend. The resort categories are: value resorts (around $100 to $200 per night), moderate resorts (around $165 to $260 a night), and deluxe resorts (around $400 or more a night).  All of the Disney resorts are excellent and the following are my recommendations.​