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A Look at Value, Convenience and Cuisine
Walt Disney World®'s Newest Dining Plan
Walt Disney Travel Company at the beginning of this year rolled out their
answer to the ever present question every visitor to Walt Disney World®
Resort will face. How much of my vacation budget is going to be gobbled up
by the cost of food. For the first time in recent memory those guests
staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort can now easily and affordably answer
that question before they head to the “Most Magical Place on Earth”.
Consider a vacation where stepping up to a counter service restaurant for
lunch or enjoying a character breakfast or dinner is as simple and
convenient as ordering your favorite foods.
How would you like not having to fumble for your wallet and count change after
grabbing a quick snack or not looking at a menu like it was some sort of
mathematical budget exercise.
If this sounds like the type of vacation you could enjoy and would like to
learn more then
Located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
No real planning had gone into this visit to one of my favorite
restaurants at the Walt Disney World® Resort. We had no priority
seating to go along with our desire to eat at this enormously
popular restaurant. The fact that we would be asked to check in on
the second floor and then be escorted to the 15th floor dining room
still did not deter us. Even as we pulled up to Disney’s
Contemporary Resort and surrendered our car to the valet it never
did occur to us that maybe we should have a back plan for dinner.
So would our reckless behavior be rewarded with a fine dining
experience at one of the better Walt Disney World®
restaurants or were we left hungry and disappointed?
For answer to that question and a peek at the menu
In our continuing series on Lost Children we will examine another
common scenario where adults may find themselves separated from
Keep Moving Please
There are certain times and places where the potential is greater
for children to become separated from you. One such situation is
when you and your children find yourself in a moving crowd. Here are
a few of those times and possible safeguards.
Exit to the left At the completion of some attractions and shows you will find that
you are being directed towards an exit along with lots of other
guests. Close quarters and a lot of activity during this of time can
cause you and your children to be distracted and separated. When you
are exiting keep the kids in front of you. This will put you in a
better position to keep them in your sights. If there is more than
one adult divide the responsibility by assigning a specific child to
each adult. Before entering the show or attraction establish a place
to meet if you do become separated. Often the exit to an attraction
or show will not be located near the entrance, so scout out a place
near the exit before you enter.
I Can’t See Parades, street entertainment and live shows are a very special part
of a day at the theme parks. These venues can also present the
potential for a lost child scenario. The combination of the
distraction of the show itself and guests (your kids included)
moving around for a better vantage point can easily allow for some
distance to come between you and the children. It is best in these
situations to keep in physical contact with your kids. A hand on the
shoulder of the older ones or placing the younger ones in your lap
or holding them in your arms is not a bad idea. Again formulate a
quick and simple strategy in the event that you do become separated.
Scout out a nearby and easily recognizable landmark as a place to
meet, before you get settled in. Reinforce your choice by having the
kids point it out to you.
Excuse Me but I Think My Parents are Lost
The mantra often recited among families with children is that if you
become separated the kids should find a cast member and tell them
they can’t find their parents. Likewise the adults should do the
same and report the children missing. Both of these steps will
initiate a time proven Disney procedure to reunite all concerned.
So, if you become separated from your children during one of these
crowd scenarios look first to your rendezvous spot. If you don’t see
the kids in the first few moments leave one person at the meeting
spot if possible and look for the nearest cast member. The kids
should be instructed to identify cast members by their cast member
name tags. On a recent family trip with our six year old we spoke
with a cast member who allowed our son to see his cast member name
tag up close. We also instructed our son that he could go up to the
person behind a cash register and report that his parents were lost.
In our next issue we will continue our series of Tips on Lost
Children with more potential situations and our suggestions on how
to avoid them