Hi Everyone. I have been creeping for a few weeks planning our first family trip to Disney this summer. I last visited Disney in the early 90s and a lot has changed (my wife has never been). This website, forum and book have been a great help in getting our trip organised especially for someone like me who is a planner (this is the ultimate place to travel for a planner).
Our family of five; myself, my wife and kids 9, 7, 6 will be visiting the second week of July. We are staying off resort (Windsor Hills) and have elected to dedicate this trip to seeing all of Disney alone (no other activities) and have 8 days of admission (hoppers) to see it.
I am approaching my 180 days this week and am hoping for some help. We obviously won't have a meal plan and will be doing a mixture of snacks brought in supplemented by the occasional snack or QS meal and eating off resort during our breaks. We have the time with the number of days to afford some breaks from the park and not missing out on seeing too much.
What I am looking for is some recommendations on 2-3 lunches or dinners (breakfast better value?) during our time that we could make "special" for the kids and get our best value. We are foodies at home and this kids are open to eating all sorts of things. We have been looking at character dinners and reviewing the best of recommendations from offered advice here and other sites but I am having a hard time stomaching the cost vs. seeing Characters - again considering the amount of time we have in park to hunt them down at greeting spots we will likely find most.
Apologies in advance for the long question, I wanted to provide some background to help give the best advice.
Second question to the above - are there other things people would do over spending on meals to make magical experiences for the kids?