I posted some questions several months ago before my friend and I took our first trip to WDW last September. We have both been AP holders for several years for Disneyland, and this year we have the Premium Pass and decided to make two trips to Orlando. We had such a great time in September, and I really appreciate all the fantastic information and advice I got from everyone the last time!
We will be in Orlando a total of 8 days in March. One of those days, however, we won't be at WDW (going to make the trek over to Universal Studios for one day for the whole Harry Potter thing). My mom and my friend's mom are also joining us there, but they will only be there for the second half of the week. Neither of them have ever been before.
We basically started planning for this trip as soon as we got back in September, and made lots of dining reservations for all the places we had wished we could eat at the last time. But I do have a few questions I thought you all could maybe help me with...
First, I'm considering whether or not we want to add the Dining Plan to our package. Can we do this even if we have not added park tickets (so we only have the room now - see second question below)? Also, can we add the Dining Plan for fewer days than our total stay at the resort? Two of us are checking in on March 11th, but would be arriving late in the evening, spending one day away from the park, and then checking out and heading to the airport on the 18th. The other two are only there from the 14th to the 18th. So I was wondering if it is even possible (and worth it) to add the Dining Plan for all four of us but for only 3 or 4 days instead of the full time of our reservation. Has anyone done this? Also, are there limitations to what you can order off of the menu at table service restaurants with the Dining Plan?
Next, I'm trying to figure out the best and most economical way to get park tickets for the two in our party who do not have an AP (the moms). Right now, we just have a room reservation because my friend and I did not need tickets. Is it possible to add park tickets for only two people in our party and for only part of the time (3 days total of tickets)? Is the savings worth it? Also, do the options have to be the same or could one person choose to add park-hopper option but not the other person?
Geez, this all sounds so complicated when I am asking it all at once I already had a lengthy and interesting conversation, first with the reservations people at Disney and then directly with the "Magical Express" people, in order to get all of the arrival information correct (since two people were coming on a day other than the first day of our reservation, they could not figure out how to get it accurately in the system).
Thoughts or suggestions?
Thanks so much!