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The California Grill is an excellent choice for those on the Disney Dining plan. Although it counts for two full service meals per person, it has amazing food and views over the Magic Kingdom. Book a table for approximately 8pm and marvel at the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks while sipping on a glass of wine. The music is even piped in so there is a fantastic atmosphere!
If you are swimming with the dolphins aim to get there at 8am so you get an early swim time. It will be cooler so more comfortable for your dolphin experience. You can then spend the rest of the day snorkelling in the pools or sheltering under sun umbrellas!!
Be sure to lay your towel on a sun lounger early on if not you may be left with just a small chair in a very shady corner!!
The dolphin friendly sunscreen they give you is very difficult to apply and very messy so make sure you apply it thoroughly if not it is very easy to get burnt!!!
If there is a thunderstorm in the afternoon then don't be put off from visiting in the late afternoon/evening. Usually most visitors will have left and you can get on loads of rides with hardly any queues!
Book a table at one of the many restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase then spend the rest of the evening wandering around with a beer or cold drink- it is really amazing!!!
This may seem extreme but if you don't book as early as you can then don't be surprised if you can't get into the restaurants you want to. It pays to read up on the numerous restaurants (The Unofficial guide has loads of good information) and plan which park you are likely to be in on each day of your visit. Early booking will avoid disappointment.
Bring a bottle and fill it up at the water fountains in the parks, saving money and time queuing at concession stands. Also, although you aren't technically allowed to bring your own snacks, Disney will usually turn a blind eye to a few small items which you can nibble on during the day.
A little known fact about Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure is that you can use unused days on Walt Disney World tickets to get into both parks. Present the ticket at the gate and they will deduct a day from it to give you entry - but be aware that the ticket must not have expired (WDW tickets expire 14 days after first use unless you pay for the "no expiration" option).
If you're after a wand from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you don't have to join the (often very long) lines for the Ollivander's Wand Shop show. If you're happy to skip the show, you can go straight into The Owl Post or Dervish & Banges to buy a wand.