To thank everyone who helped with filling me in on the latest updates at WDW, I thought I should post a trip report. It's long, so I'll put it in a reply to this message. In the meantime, for those who may not want to read it all, here are a couple of, what I hope, are helpful notes:
Disney Photographers--The Magic Kingdom had the least number of Disney Photographers. The only ones we saw were on Main Street when we came in and in front of the Walt Disney and Mickey statue at the end of the night. Any character photos, you had to take with your own camera. Hollywood Studios didn't have many either. Epcot had the most, at locations all over the park, especially in the World Showcase. Animal Kingdom came in second. So, if you're planning on pre-paying for a CD of all the photos you have them take, it might be smart to keep that in mind. Depending on what park you spend the most time in, it may or may not be worth it. We had every photographer we saw snap our photo, and after 6 days in the parks they'd shot over 100 pictures.
Disney Dining plan-- If you're planning on table service meals, it's definitely worth it. I added the plan a couple of weeks after I made the original reservation because we'd booked priority seating at 4 table service restaurants (one of them a signature restaurant that would use 2 credits). Looking at the prices of the entrees at some of these places, it really does seem like a buy. The counter service includes a combo, plus beverage and dessert--which is a quite a lot of food, and I was surprised to see so many healthier choices on the menu. Restaurants we tried this trip were the Cape May Buffet, Teppan Edo, Chefs de France, and The Brown Derby. All of them were excellent.
Thanks again, and I hope you enjoy the report.