We’ve done Disney in May and June. Been 3 times now and always done villa so can’t help with dining plan. I heard it can be busy in Easter and Xmas. June was fairly busy but with plannng (fast passes)you will be fine. If you are on Facebook, there’s an amazing group called its Orlando time, you will get loads of advice on anything to do with Disney/Orlando. X
We did get the dining plan this easter. The trick was to bring our holiday forward by a day and arrive on a Thursday (the last day it was available). We had cheaper flights and were able to get the dining plan all through the 2 week holiday. It was busy but we stayed on site and took full advantage of the pre-booking of rides. The longest we ever had to wait was about 20 minutes. I used my phone to book the next ride as soon as we had gone through the fast pass gate, often before we even got on the ride. You have to be very organised though. We had booked all evening meals months before we got there, which didn't give the opportunity for last minute changes. But we had a good selection and really felt we did everything we wanted to. We felt 14 days was great because we didn't feel rushed to doing everything and we could also have a couple of down days at the water parks. I would have a good look at Universal before you go, we felt the price was expensive and give the heights of ours (8 and 5) there were very limited things for them to do.
Thanks again! lots to think about. We Will I think drop Universal as its an extra hasle for something that's not much of a priority. Seems it would be easier just to focus on Disney given the time restriction and age of our kids.
We have literally not long booked our Florida holiday and like you have been looking at when is best to go. Our son will be 15 next year so we can't take him out of school due to exams and such. We have decided on the last 2 weeks of August and he may miss just one or two days of the start of school but they don't really do much at the start of a new school term anyway. We have obviously checked with school and they say it should be fine. As its our son's first time in Florida we are going to stay on site at Disney at the Pop Century and after some workings out have also decided on the Quick food plan. I know plans were showing as being around £38 pp per day but somehow we have managed to get that down to around £25. We are also taking them up on the free car and have managed to upgrade it from the usual compact size one to a suv, so again its worked out for us. The cost overall is eye popping in that you could buy a car for the cost of this holiday, but like with all our holidays they make for wonderful memories and experiences. My hubby and I have done Florida 3 times together back in the 90s and now we will experience it again but with our 15 year old. We can't wait as its been a long time coming. Our son never used to like rides, didn't even like going on a train and its taken him a few years to calm down and enjoy it. We trialled him out in 2012 at Paris disney and other than a wobble at the canyon train ride he was fine. Exiciting times