Hi There! Well, technically I'm not a first timer. My family traveled to Disney when I was in the 1st grade. However, I obviously did none of the planning and frankly, don't even remember the trip. So. I'm planning a 6 day (4 full park days) trip in early December - I'm thinking 12/5, leaving 12/10 - for my daughter's 9th Birthday (this will be a surprise). I haven't booked the trip yet, as I'm waiting for a number of things to line up...not the least of which being a discount air carrier from my home town hasn't released their flights for this time period yet. Here are my questions:
Regarding the 180 day out reservations - if I wanted to reserve a character meal for the time frame I believe I'm traveling, I need to do it this weekend / early next week. I understand they go fast, and that I should sign on first thing each morning to see if I can get a reservation for that day. BUT, can I even book a character breakfast if I haven't booked my vacation yet? And if I can, and our dates change, what is the likelihood that I'll be able to reschedule the character meal?
Also, I'd like this to be a complete surprise to my little chick. On a flight to Orlando, which will presumably be filled with many disney bound families, how likely is it that I'll be able to keep the secret until we actually drive through the gates to Disney?
Any tips are greatly appreciated. Working on a budget, and trying to gather as much information as I can. Thanks :)