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Need some help with our Disney World plan



Three adults and one 13 year old grandaughter going to Disney World in Orlando 29th of December returning home the 8th of January. We want to see Sea World and Universal Studios and all of Disney World.


We need some help with our Disney World plan and suggestions about the rest of the trip. We’ll be getting either dining plus plan or deluxe plan. We are staying at our time share at Disney’s Saratoga Springs from the 31st of December for seven nights. Please help with choices of tickets when to see what etc.


Thank you, Jayne


New Years Fireworks at Magic Kingdom

New Years Fireworks at Magic Kingdom – photo by Laurie Sapp

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I know you need some help with your Disney World plan so let’s get started.


First, if you want to see Sea World and Universal Studios (and Islands of Adventure), I’d suggest you do that before you get to Walt Disney World. Why? Because of the nutty Christmas Week crowds at Disney World.


As to which Disney World park to visit on each day, I’d recommend you go to and look at their suggestions for what park would be best for each day. (Yes, it will cost you a little bit of money, but it’s well worth it.)


The Christmas Decorations will stay up at Disney World until January 8th when they will magically disappear overnight. The only things you will miss if you stay out of the parks is the Candlelight Processional (which has it’s last show on December 30) and Holiday Wishes (which you could watch from the Polynesian Resort).The longer you delay starting your time at Walt Disney World the smaller the crowds will be. Yes, you might want to see the New Years Day fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, but I’d suggest you stay out of the parks until January 2. (You can watch the fireworks from the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon.

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Since you are staying at your Disney Vacation Club timeshare and if you can plan another trip in the next year, I’d buy an Annual Pass. That way you can come and go as you please and not have to worry about tickets.


If you can’t come back in a year, go to Undercover Tourist and get your tickets. Only get the number of days you will be visiting the parks. I’m not a big fan of park hoppers for most guests, but for longer trips it makes more sense. The Water Park and more option is probably not a good idea (only one of the water parks will be open while you are there).


As to what to see … if you plan to be at Walt Disney World for 7 nights you can see just about everything.


Now when it comes to the Dining Plan, again, it’s not one of Dad’s Favorite things. The Deluxe Plan makes no sense to me unless you plan to eat Character meals or meals that take 2 credits every day. Three sit down meals per day is just too much.


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Jayne, I hope that gives you the help you need with your Disney World plan.


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