Before we get too far away from the Disney trip, there are two things I learned that I thought I would share.
First is the photo pass plus. Thanks to a friend (thanks Vince!) I learned about this before our trip and took full advantage. For $169.95 you can preorder the pass which will allow you to order a photo disc of all pictures taken inside the parks. It also includes any photos taken while riding Space Mountain; Splash Mountain; Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror; Rock ‘n Roller Coaster; Expedition Everest; and Dinosaur (you know those that they snap as you are about to drop from a loop or twist wildly. The one’s that they charge an arm and a leg for at the end of the ride). If you have plans to attend character meals many of those pictures are included also, (1900 Park Fare; ‘Ohana (breakfast); Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show; Chef Mickey’s; Cinderella’s Royal Table; Tusker House (breakfast); Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue; and Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus) Royal Banquet).
What I found interesting is the several conversations I had with different photographers at the parks who say that it has been in place for a year yet they are surprised that more people do not take advantage of the deal. I ordered our disc yesterday, it includes 272 pictures. We have pics from every ride except Splash Mountain since it is closed for maintenance. We also attended 4 meals and have great family photos to preserve those memories. We never would have bought the ride pictures without this but having them is very cool! Best deal for the money around!
The other thing I learned is that I could never eat all of the food provided as part of the Deluxe Dinning Plan. Three, three course meals a day is a ton of food! We tried early on in the week :-). By mid-week we started canceling meals, we were all full! Next time around we could definitely down size the meal plan!