My husband, 19 yr. old daughter, 13 year old son and I are going to Disney World during Mardi Gras 2018. We are from New Orleans and we have already taken one trip during Mardi Gras 3 years ago. It’s a beautiful time to go. When we went last time, we had to book everything within a month of going so we missed out on some special things like character dining, etc. We spent a fortune on Animal Kingdom rooms which were beautiful but we were hardly ever in them. INow, I have some time to book things in advance and was hoping for some tips for planning some special things for us and our two teenagers. By the way, we are driving from New Orleans. We have a pretty substantial amount of Southwest points that we are not using to fly but to use on park tickets or hotel rooms. That is a whole other issue, I know. I have the unofficial guide and will pick up the 2018 guide when it is published. Any tips would be completely appreciated!