Tips for Going to Walt Disney World with Children

Have you ever tried to plan a Disney Trip on your own and have felt overwhelmed?  Have no fear because we here at Main Street Magic, LLC can help with your planning to making your trip just as memorable as you want it to be and even more!

Go when it will be less crowded. The months of September, October, January and May often the least crowded months to visit.

Get the Disney Dining Plan and let your children help pick the restaurants. The Disney Dining Plan includes 1 Table Service Meal Per Day, 1 Quick Service Meal Per Day, 1 Snack Credit per day, and 1 Refillable Mug. The Quick Service Meal Plan includes 2 QS Meals per day, 1 Snack credit per day and 1 Refillable Mug. Then there is the Deluxe Dining Plan, which includes 3 meals per day (This can be any combo of QS or TS), 2 Snack Credits per day and 1 Refillable Mug. The only thing that you have to cover during your visit is the gratuity. The refillable mugs can be refilled at any Disney World resort!  Disney offer over 100 dining locations.  You can try out character dining, dinner shows or even signature dining. (2017 Dining Plans have changed a little and I would be more than happy to help you decide which one would work best for you and your family!!!)

Take advantage of Special Offer. Sometimes Disney offers special pricing like Free Dining or room and ticket discounts.  This might be a great time to visit. Main Street Magic, LLC can book all the special offers that Disney offers as well!  We will be on the look out to make sure you get the best deal. .

Plan on taking or renting a stroller! We highly suggest either taking a stroller with you or renting a stroller. WDW is a lot of walking for anyone, especially for tired children.  Even if your kids normally don’t use strollers, we highly recommend using one just in case. Plus it’s a great place to stash all your stuff—extra clothes, sunscreen, water ect.

Find a Resort that best fits your needs! Disney offer three resort categories–Value, Moderate and Deluxe. Value resorts work well for those who plan to spend little at the resort.  Moderate resorts offer queen sized beds and a more elaborate theme.  The pools have water slides and hot tubs. Deluxe Resorts have better locations closer to the parks.  Some deluxe resorts offer monorail and boat service.  Some are also walking distance to the parks.

Allow your kids or spouse to get in on the planning! Let the kids and your spouse gets in on the planning!

Allow me at Main Street Magic, LLC to help you plan and book your Dream Disney Vacation to Walt Disney World!!! We at Main Street Magic, LLC would love to help you plan dream your dream Disney vacation! We are specialized in Disney to make your vacation magical.

Top 10 Reasons for Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort

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I’m often asked why I stay at a Walt Disney World Resort and I often reply with the following because I love Disney World so much. But there are many other reasons as of why I stay on-site and some of the benefits are quite amazing!

  1. You do not have to pay for parking!! Paying to park in the parks these days can be very expensive and if you are like me, I want to save as much money as I can. The fee to park now is $20 a day in the parks and so if you are staying off Disney property and you are visiting Disney World for a week and you park for say 5 days, you have just spent $100 just in parking.
  1. You can use the complimentary Disney Transportation offered. Disney Resorts have complimentary transportation. They offer Busses, Monorail and Boats depending on what Disney Resort you are staying at. So basically once you arrive at your resort if you don’t want to drive to the parks you don’t have to! I love staying at a Disney Resort because of this option!!
  1. You get extra time in the parks! The benefits of staying in a Disney World Resort is that you will either get an hour early in a Disney Theme Park or a Disney Theme Park will stay open 2 hours late for those staying in a Disney Resort. If you are not a Disney Resort Guest, you will be required to leave. The benefit of being able to stay during Extra Magic Hours is that you can continue ride your favorite rides and shop if that is what you chose to do. We take advantage of the shorter ride lines on our favorite rides.
  1. If you fly, Disney will pick you up at the airport for free and bring you to the resort & return you to the airport at the end of your vacation. I love taking advantage of using Disney’s Magical Express when flying into Orlando International Airport (MCO). Disney will pick me up at the Airport free of charge and will return you back to the airport when your vacation is over. The one thing that I love is that Disney will send you luggage tags for your luggage and when you check into the airport for you to fly down, your luggage will be delivered to your room at your resort a few hours after you arrive at your Disney Resort. I do suggest though packing a carry-on with a few things just in case you have dining reservation or if you’d like to go swimming.
  1. Staying at a Disney Resort does qualify you for a Dining Plan! If you are staying at a Disney Resort, it does quality you to get a Disney Dining plan. There are several different dining plans that you can get. If you aren’t staying on property, you don’t qualify!
  1. When you stay at a Disney Resort, you will receive a Magic band. A Disney Magic Band took the place of the “Key to your World” and gets you into your hotel room, gets you into the parks, gets you into your Fastpasses (which Fastpasses are available to everyone), gets you onto rides during Extra Magic Hours (EMH), allows you to charge things to your room, and if you have the dining plan allows you to use the dining plan and access your snack credits and get your refillable mugs. You have the choice to choose from 8 different colors of Blue, Gray, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Red, Green and now Purple! If you don’t choose then you will be given the standard color of Gray.
  1. If you purchase anything within the parks, Disney Springs you can have it delivered to your resort (free of charge). I love this service because I don’t like having to carry my purchases around with me all day long especially if I purchase it in the morning. I just go to the gift shop with my receipt and pick it up normally the next day.
  1. Resort Hopping is Free! The benefits of staying in a Disney Resort is that you can visit any Disney Resort and you can Resort Hop! I love going to visit the resort and do what a lot of other people call as “resort hopping” by riding the monorail or walking to different resorts to see what they look like and see what I like about them. Each resort has a theme and they are each different so going to see what each resort has is pretty cool. Plus, it’s free just to do it if you have some extra time to do it.
  1. Staying at a Disney Resort allows more time in the park! Staying at a Disney Resort allows you more time in the parks! Reason being is you are closer to the parks and you have more access to the parks. If you find that you are tired during the middle of the day, just take a bus back to your resort, relax by the pool, then go back to the parks for dinner and enjoy time for extra magic hours for the night.
  1. Magic is always there! Staying at a Disney Resort there is always magic around!!!

If you would like to book your Disney Vacation at a Disney Resort please contact me at charlotte@mainstreetmagicllc.com and I would be more than happy to work with you. I will plan everything out for you including all your meals if you get the meal plan and will book all your Fastpasses for you. It’s a Stress Free Planning Vacation for you! Let the Magic Begin on this vacation planning!

Top 10 Favorite Family Friendly Restaurants at Walt Disney World

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I wanted to share with all of you my readers our 10 Favorite Family Friendly restaurants at Walt Disney World to eat at. We normally go to the same restaurants but this year we are keeping a few of the favorites but we are venturing out of our comfort zone and trying new ones. I’m pretty sure we might find some new ones to add to this list. Maybe we will add to this list! Having a picky eater in the family (and no we’re not talking about me or my hubby) we sometimes have to find a restaurant that is kid friendly. But the good thing is that all of the restaurants at WDW are kid friendly! But here are our Top 10 Favorites that we love!

  1. ‘Ohana, located at the Polynesian Resort. (Breakfast or Dinner)
  2. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Epcot in Norway. (Lunch) We have only eaten lunch here.
  3. Liberty Tree Tavern, Magic Kingdom. (Lunch or Dinner)
  4. The Crystal Palace, Magic Kingdom. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). We have only eaten breakfast here and love it! Must eat here every trip now!)
  5. Earl of Sandwich, Downtown Disney. (Lunch, Dinner). We ate lunch here and loved it!
  6. Tony’s Town Square, Magic Kingdom. (Lunch, Dinner). We have only eaten dinner but it is oh so yum!
  7. Teppan Edo, Epcot in Japan. (Lunch or Dinner)
  8. Yak & Yeti, Animal Kingdom. (Lunch or Dinner) We have only eaten lunch here. Loved it!
  9. Tusker House, Animal Kingdom. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) We have had breakfast and lunch here. Breakfast is our favorite only because it has Krispy Kreme donuts!!
  10. Trails End Restaurant, Fort Wilderness Campground. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) We have only eaten dinner here but it is a must eat at every trip!!!

We of course have other favorites that we love to eat at while at Disney World that I didn’t include in this list but these are a must do and are family friendly restaurants which is very good to know. Enjoy! And if you need help deciding on which ones will best fit your families needs let me know!

Just to let you all know that I originally wrote this back in July of 2014 on my personal blog but I felt that I needed to share it here. The food at these restaurants are amazing and we have honestly found several new restaurants that we have even added a few new ones we have fallen in love with. One of the new ones we love is Boma and of course Cape May Cafe for both Breakfast and Dinner!

Want to book or are interested in learning how you can get in on eating at some of these nice restaurants then let me help you out!

Does it Cost Anything?

Many of my clients have asked me in the past if they would have to pay anything to use my services…good news is that it will not cost you anything to use my services as long as you book through me. Here are a few more good things about using me as your travel agent!

Our services are FREE! We do not charge fees for bookings, making dining reservations, itinerary planning, ect. Who wants to get up at 6 am to make sure you get the best, most coveted dining reservations? We do! We can help you decide where to stay, where to eat, what to fast pass, ect! We are here for what ever you need.

If Disney releases discounts after you book, you may still be able take advantage of it! As long as your travel dates qualify and there is resort availability, we can apply the specials to your reservation. Disney will not automatically apply a discount to your reservation! That is where your agent comes in. We will be on the look out for discounts so you don’t have too! We will work hard to apply the discount to your reservation and get you those savings.

Most of our agents go to Disney many times each year. This means that when you contact one of our agents, you are getting someone who can give you tips and pointers you may not have heard of. You are getting an ally who knows the parks like the back of her hand. We love planning trips and chatting Disney so please feel free to ask questions! This is our job and we love it. It’s what we’re here for so ask away!

I can book all your 2016 and 2017 Disney Vacations for you or if you’d like to go somewhere else like Sandals or more just ask me and I can assist you!