Posted by : Jameson Durall Saturday, January 14, 2012

In my quest to visit Disney World in every month of the year (and the guilt of not taking my son with us next month) we have decided on a family trip in March!  We are taking the week that my son is on spring break and heading down for a 8 night stay at Pop Century.  We have a fantastic deal on room and dining along with our Annual Passes and free flights gained during Hall of Fame means this trip will be super cheap for us.

Spring Break is a pretty busy time at Disney World, but will be fine with some extra planning up front and a good Touring Plan.  The first step is always to check the Crowd Calendar for the best parks each day that we visit.  Want two days each in Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Studios along with one day in Animal Kingdom...this makes picking the right days much easier.  It's also important to know what shows or events you want to make certain you see, for instance we want to see Fantasmic! but it only shows a few nights a week.  So, I can start making my plan by being at Disney Studios for one of those nights and let the rest of the trip begin falling into place.

The next major step is to plan out the Dining Reservations that you want and often need up to plan them 180 days ahead to ensure that you get them.  Knowing what parks you are visiting helps you decide when to get the reservations, but you may have to change your plans a bit if you can't get the time or date you really want.  Since we have the Dining Plan for this trip, we have 8 sit down credits to use(one for each night in the hotel) and I'll go over each meal and why we chose it.

Day 1
We arrive late the night before and don't want to get up super early so we decided on a 10:15 reservation at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort.  We had a really good time there last time for dinner and are looking forward to trying breakfast.  We have free valet parking with our Tables in Wonderland card so we plan to just walk over to Magic Kingdom once we are done eating.  It's a neutral park that day according to the Crowd Calendar but this fits best into our overall plan so it's not a huge deal.

Day 2
Even though it's also a neutral park, we plan to spend this entire day at Epcot.  This is also a case of it fitting into our plans best and getting there before park opening will ensure two rides on Soarin'! We have a 6:15pm dinner reservation at Biergarten, which we have always wanted to try but haven't yet gotten the opportunity.  Along with having a full German buffet with lots of choices, they provide traditional Oktoberfest entertainment!  My son will have a blast watching them sing and dance and I wouldn't be surprised if he joins in as well.

Day 3
Magic Kingdom is the best park today and also has early morning Extra Magic Hours which allows guests staying on Disney property to get an extra hour before park opening.  We are early morning people so this works out great for us and we'll get through a ton of attractions before most people are out of bed.  We don't have any table service meals planned today so we can focus on the park.  This likely means Dole Whips and Pinocchio's Village Haus.

Day 4
Disney Studios is the best park today and Fantasmic! is also showing...this also means we don't have to be there early.  Since this is the mid point of the trip we like to sleep in and have a late breakfast somewhere before heading into the park.  The location of this meal isn't crucial, so I decided to let my son decide where he'd like to eat out of a handful of suggestions.  He decided on Ohana so he can see Lilo and Stitch and we now have a 10:30am reservation.  After that we will spend the rest of the day in Disney Studios and almost certainly eat dinner at Pizza Planet.

Day 5
Animal Kingdom is the best park this day so we decided to get an 8:05am reservation at Tusker House so we can see the fab 5 in safari outfits!  Notice the time is an hour before park opening?  Any time you can do this it works out really get in up to an hour before park opening and finish eating just about the time attractions open.  You'll want to take a resort bus to the Animal Kingdom for this because the parking lot is notorious for not opening until closer to park open time.

We plan to be done in the park by 3pm or so and will then head to Downtown Disney where we will have dinner at the amazing Raglan Road.  Irish cuisine and a proper Guinness are just what the doctor ordered.  My entire family has a blast watching the Irish dancers in the center of the restaurant.  Above is a video of my son trying to dance like the Irish Dancers after we left the restaurant.

Day 6
Epcot is the best park and we've once again secured an 8:05 breakfast reservation...this time at the Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus House in Norway.  My son is fascinated with the princesses and talks like crazy to them when he sees them.  This meal is a great alternative to Cinderella's Royal Table with a lower cost and same group of princesses.  This meal is served table style, but there is also a buffet that has an assortment of fruits and breads.

We have a 7:00pm dinner reservation at Via of our favorite restaurants in Disney World.  It has authentic Italian food and they bake pizzas in brick ovens.  My son likes eating there even though there isn't any characters walking around, but he also loves pizza :)  You can check out my Via Napoli review here.

Day 7
Disney Studios is the best park for our final day at Disney World and since our first day here had a late start, we plan to get here early and make sure we see everything.  Making the mad dash for Toy Story Midway Mania fast passes at park opening is nearly a must if you want to see it.  We do plan to have an early dinner at a place we've always wanted to try...Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.  You get to eat inside of a 50's car and watch old Sci-Fi movies on the huge drive-in screen throughout dinner.  Kian should really enjoy this!  Disney Studios is also open until Midnight with extra magic hours and Fantasmic! is showing again in case we missed it before or just want to see it again.

I know this has been a lot of info, but I wanted to make sure I explained what we wanted out of the trip and then how to go about planning it all effectively.  Be sure and let me know if you have any questions or need anything described in further detail.

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One Response so far.

  1. MnM says:

    Three cheers for Dole Whip!!! :)
    You are an excellent planner!!!

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