1. Is the dining plan really worth it? Am I going to save money with it or is just a convenience thing? A lot of people like the dining plan just for the convenience of it. All your meals are prepaid (excluding alcohol and tips), so you don’t have to worry about budgeting for meals while on vacation. As far as saving you money, it depends on your family if it is worth it or not. If you usually purchase all of your meals at the Disney Resort, a dining plan will most likely save you a good deal of money. If you normally eat outside of the Disney Resort or make your own meals, you won’t save much money (if any) compared to what you usually spend. If you decide to go with a dining plan, keep in mind that you can pick a plan that suites your family. If you normally eat at counter service restaurants, get the quick service plan. If you never eat at counter service restaurants, get the deluxe dining plan. There are more options than just the basic dining plan.
2.What do you mean by park hopper? Do I really need it? Adding the park hopper option on to your package means that you can visit multiple parks per day. You do not need a park hopper unless you are planning to visit more than one park per day. The park hopper is really a matter of personal preference. One thing to consider is that the park hopper is the same price no matter how many days your base ticket is. In other words, the longer you stay, the less expensive the park hopper is per day.
3. Is 5 days enough? This is a tough question as there are always new things to see and do at the Disney Resorts. It is pretty much impossible to see everything on one trip no matter how long you stay. Having said that, five days is enough for the average family to see the major attractions in the four major theme parks. If you want to add on other activities such as water parks, golfing, spas, shows, water sports, Disney Quest, etc., you may want to consider staying an extra day or two.
4. Will there by anything for my kids to do at Epcot? Epcot is a fantastic place for kids. The attractions in Future World are fun as well as informative. Consider stopping in Innoventions East and West and letting your kids have fun with the hands on exhibits. Future World is also a fun place for kids. There are Kidcot fun stops in many of the countries where kids can do crafts, listen to stories, and have there World Passport stamped. Kids can also participate in Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure. For this adventure kids get a cell phone-like device that gives them clues to find throughout World Showcase. This a very interactive experience with lots of special effects. Many kids insist on going on more than one adventure!
5. We are going to skip Animal Kingdom because we are members at the zoo at home so we don’t think we need to see it. Will we be missing much? The Animal Kingdom Park is so much more than a zoo. When you step through the gates of Animal Kingdom your are immersed in foreign lands and cultures. You get to see animals in their natural habitat, learn about different cultures, and experience first class thrill-rides. Even if you don’t care for animals, Animal Kingdom is worth visiting for the shows and attractions.
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