I’m trying to wrap my mind around our upcoming Disney trip which is our (hopefully) final reschedule of what was originally supposed to be an April 2020 trip.
My original plan included the dining plan and lots of character meals and that doesn’t make as much sense anymore given the change in character interactions and the fact that it’s all out of pocket now with no dining plan. It just makes it harder to swallow that cost when I’m paying it every day of the trip vs months in advance and then “forgetting” about it. We also had 2 kids under 2 with us that I’d planned on packing pouches for and letting them take nibbles off of the adult plates and that’s no longer an option with 2 almost 4 year olds.
We’re also taking our camper to Fort Wilderness instead of staying at one of the more traditional resorts, so it will be easier to pack things like snacks and breakfasts, though I’m not at all against having those in and around the parks if there are some can’t miss experiences.
I would still love to do at least one character meal that includes Mickey/Minnie and maybe one with some princesses. Other than that I’m very unsure of where to start. So tell me, what would you recommend to a first time family of 5 as can’t miss dining experiences? No one is a picky eater.
Our days look like this–
Sunday- arrival day, probably early evening. It will be the end of 2 long days of driving, so if there’s a relaxing dinner that’s easy to get to from Fort Wilderness I’d be into that or we may cook for ourselves that night.
Monday- Magic Kingdom, early arrival, early departure
Tuesday- Hollywood Studios, I have one kid who is obsessed with R2D2 thanks to a McDonalds toy last fall, but otherwise doesn’t know much about Star Wars–I’d planned on skipping Batuu altogether until that development, so maybe we could eat there and find her something with her robot that’s not so easy to misplace.
Wednesday- Magic Kingdom, late arrival, late departure. If we see any fireworks, it will be this day, but I’m not sure my kids will make it
Thursday- Animal Kingdom-
Friday- Epcot, I’m hoping we can find something to impress my husband on this day. He’s a Disney skeptic and I want to leave him with the best possible impression so he’ll come back with us again.
Saturday- departure day. Could squeeze in a breakfast maybe
Y’all are the experts so I’m eager to hear what you’d do in my shoes!