SkekTek wrote:We've started saving for our trip to WDW next summer (09). We want it to be a trip where we don't worry about costs. We want to do: 1) character meal for the kiddies, 2) backstage tour, and I want to 3) scuba dive the Living Seas (Dive Quest). We also want to stay at the Port Orleans since it's in the park. I wanted to stay at the Polynesian (I am a Hawaii-nut), but DW said no.
GET THE DISNEY DINING PLAN!!!
My kids were under age 11, and it was totally worth it! One dinner cost "regular folks" between $110 and $150 for my family of 5, and the dining plan FOR THE ENTIRE DAY cost us $109.
The dining plan covers lunch, dinner, and a snack (like an ice cream cone). You allegedly can't share meals, but we did and were bale to all get full on just the three kid's counter service lunches.
You don't have to worry about prices, and if you pay it all off before your vacation, it's sort of like eating free!
Also, get a disney visa card. We got one, charged everything on it (and paid it off each month, of course, otherwise it's hopeless) and had an extra $140 on a disney gift card to spend on souvenirs and stuff.
Oh, and if you buy your tickets and stuff now, you'll feel even better that you bought them because the prices will go up before next year!