We just returned from an 8 day trip to WDW. My wife and I took our Daughter, Son-In-Law and 2 grandsons (ages 5 & 7) as a Christmas present to them. Overall, it was a fantastic trip. Everyone loved it. I got a lot of good info from the touring plans site, and used a custom touring plan for each park (didn’t follow them totally, but as a guide). We did purchase tickets for the Christmas Party last Sunday (12/10). We weren’t that impressed. In fact, while we’ll continue to go to Disney, we won’t waste money on the Christmas Party again. We had been at the Magic Kingdom all day and expected to see the crowd level decrease, it didn’t. None of the ‘free food’ was really worth spending the time required to march from one end of the park to the other to stand in line for. Parade and fireworks were great, but really not significantly better than the ‘regular’ ones. So we couldn’t think of anything worth any extra money, let along the extra $600 it cost us to attend the party.
On other topics, this was our first stay at Beach Club and we LOVED it. We had a 2 bedroom villa that we got by buying points thru Griswolds Magical Memories (great process and experience with them). Best meal was at Cape Mae, other good meals at Le Cellier, Rose & Crown, Kona (breakfast), Liberty Tavern, Prime Time, Brown Derby, T-REX. Terrible service at ESPN (if they didn’t add 18% tip automatically, they woudn’t have gotten any). Also used mobile ordering at FlameTree BBQ and avoided a line a mile long! This was probably our 6th trip to Disney and I now have a new favorite ride – Flight of Passage – by far the best ride ever!