Photo by Walt Disney World News
Photo by Walt Disney World News

Our four-day Walt Disney World getaway would cost in the neighborhood of $5,000, depending on the choices you make. If you want to avoid crowds, go in May, early June, September or November. Temperatures also will be lower then.

No matter when you go, it’s smart to make dining reservations well in advance, especially if you’re set on a particular spot at a particular time. Details for all Walt Disney World dining (reservations and information) available HERE or at 407.939.3463.

Here’s a closer look, in alphabetical order, at many of our suggestions.

  • Disney Springs water taxis: $75 per person and up per half-hour. Champagne and strawberries extra.
  • Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf: $14 per adult plus tax.
  • Jiko — The Cooking Place: Entrées start at $30.
  • Monsieur Paul: $30-$60 and up for dinner. The prix-fixe menu ($89 per person and up) usually offers several excellent choices. Prix fixe also available at lunch.
  • Morimoto’s Omakase dinner: Begins at $100 for the classic menu, $150 for the seasonal selection. Available until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
  • Polynesian Bungalows: The cost varies according to when you visit and how long you stay. Some sleep up to eight, so you can, if you wish, team up with another couple or two. Details HERE or call 407.939.5277.
  • Senses spa at the Grand Floridian: The hydrating age-defying lavender facial is $235. Go early and use the steam room, whirlpool and other amenities. Reservations at 407.939.7727.
  • Spirit of Aloha luau: $64 to $76 per person, plus tax and gratuity, depending on seating location.
  • Starlight Safari: $70 and up, plus tax and tip, for 60 minutes.
  • Surrey-fringed bicycles for two: $20 and up (based on bike size) per half-hour.
  • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto: Exotic beer flights start at $8.25. Maui Splash Pineapple Wine is $9 per glass. Specialty drinks and island appetizers start at $10.

— Terry Matthews-Lombardo