Mar 232011

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! — Jiminy Cricket

Do you have a Disney dilemma? Are you wondering about a certain attraction? Are you curious about a resort or a cruise? Give us a little whistle and we’ll help you sort out how to handle it. Questions should be sent to If your dilemma is trip-related, please include when you will be traveling.

Q. Help! I want to take my family to Disney, but I don’t even know where to begin planning. There are so many options. My friends have told me that this is going to be a really expensive vacation, so I’m worried that I’ll make a mistake. Any advice is appreciated! (Submitted by Ana S.)

A. Hi, Ana! Yes, a trip to Disney does require a little bit of thought and planning. And no, it’s not a cheap vacation, but it can definitely be affordable, depending on the options you choose.

Our advise is to start at the beginning. When are you going? That answer will likely involve your personal schedules (schools, work vacations, sports, etc.), and weather factors. Florida in the summer is really hot. Many guests are fine with that, but some aren’t. Don’t let the weather ruin your trip. Bear in mind that certain times of the year will be more crowded, and more expensive.

Next, work on your resort selections. Price will likely play a big factor in this, but you might be surprised and get a deal on a resort you have your eye on. Make sure to check all of your options. And know that you can always go visit, for example, the Grand Floridian and have a nice visit, even if you are staying at a value resort.

Finally, you’ll need to look at ticket options, and meal plans. This will likely involve looking at some travel guides and websites to see what you want to get out of your vacation. You might have heard it already, but bear in mind that you can’t see it all in one trip. Find out what you most want to do and make those priorities. Trying to do too much won’t make for a fun experience.

It’s definitely possible, and sometimes fun, to plan a trip on your own. You can also contact a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel (like those at The Magic For Less Travel), and they can help you sort out your options as well.

Oh, and as your trip planning questions come up, please drop us a line again and we’ll try to answer them. Happy Planning!

Q. My family of four is going to Disney World for the first time for three nights in April. We want to get the regular dining plan or the quick-service dining plan, but aren’t sure which one to choose. Can you give us any advice? (Submitted by Juan G.)

A. Hi Juan! Well, you are definitely going to the parks at a busy time of year. Easter is late this year, so the spring break crowds won’t dwindle until May.

Keep that in mind when thinking of the dining plan. You will likely want to spend as much park time as you can on your trip, and see as much as you can see. With the regular dining plan, you will receive one table-service credit per person, per day. That means that you will take time out of your schedule to sit down and eat a meal. If your family enjoys sit-down meals, or it you think that you might want to take that break during the day, then this might be the choice for you.

If your family wants to be on the go for your trip, then you might prefer to stick with the quick-service options. It will take a little less time out of your day, and you won’t be adhering to a dining schedule.

Speaking of planning your dining, we’d advice you to take a look at availability of the restaurants you would like to visit before making a decision, simply because it is a busy time and your vacation is drawing near. You want to make sure you don’t leave credits unused at the end of your trip because you couldn’t get a table at your desired location.

Just know that there really is no right or wrong answer to this question. Decide what works best for your family’s taste and what you think you will enjoy. Either way, have a wonderful trip!


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