Disney knows how to do the whole package. We decided to fly down partly due to work schedules and partly due to driving that long in a car both ways. After our week I was thankful that we flew as the drive home would have been brutal aside from the fact that my legs either hurt or are numb from all the walking. The greatest thing was is that Disney gets you where you want to go we did not have a bad experience with any employee. It must be in their contracts to be happy.
We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, the cheapest closet resort to the Magic Kingdom. We really wanted to be closer to the Magic Kingdom but couldn't justify the cost for basically sleeping in a room. We also had the dining plan, it worked out great as with not knowing to schedule character meals so far in advance (6 months) we still had a character meal almost everyday and the times actually allowed us to get away with two meals a day as breakfast usually happened around 11:00 am and lunches 3-4:00 pm. The portions were great even on the quick service meals. Within a month of going to Disney I scrambled for Character meals, only ended up with Whinnie the Pooh and Friends; Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, Pooh and Tigger; Princess Breakfast (Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Ariel); and Lilo, Stitch, Pluto and Mickey. Not bad for not knowing what to do.
In our six days at Disney we went to each park and the Magic Kingdom twice. Animal Kingdom was a half day park for us as we arrived before noon, got lunch and got on our way. It was probably the best choice for the first park and a half day as we missed the one new big attraction but were so tired from getting at 5 am to travel to Disney that day it didn't matter. The Safari was pretty cool along with our first parade, as the Girl wanted to see Minnie (which was new to us), with Minnie in the parade. The Boy rode his first ever coaster, wasn't sure how it would go but he laughed and cheered the whole time.
The second day we conquered the Magic Kingdom. It lived up to the hype and then some. We walked to a show right at the beginning of Main Street. The we were all in awe as we walked up main street towards the castle. We arrived there and a show started with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Princesses, Peter Pan, etc. Awesome way to start the day. We rode rides, met characters, and had our first character meal, a 3:45 pm lunch with Pooh and friends. Even the 8 year old boy was excited for that. It didn't hurt as we learned most character table service meals were all you can eat buffets. After that we rode a few more rides and decided to stay for the electric light parade, again a fantastic event. Get seats early so you can be in the front row, we lucked out as someone left their space and I got it for the family. After that we stated by the castle for fireworks but there was a show projected on the castle about 9:45 pm and ended up being one of my favorites of the trip. Then came a great fireworks show. The worst part which wasn't all that bad was getting out of the park and on the bus back to the resort. I carried the Girl out of the park and onto the bus as she was spent. Surprising we didn't have to wait that long for a bus although our resort had a long bus line.