AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Aug 23, 2015
    Kevin from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What advice can you provide for making dining reservations for large families (5 adults, 5 children, 1 infant)? We have plans to enjoy multiple Character Dining options, but will we need to budget extra money for tips for each meal as well?

    Hello Kevin!
    Traveling with a large group can be great fun, but it does take a good deal of planning. You have come to the right place to ask your questions!

    Character dining is my favorite way to relax and meet some of our favorite friends without having to wait in line. Since you party is larger than five, you will have the gratuity added automatically. So, you will need to budget an additional 18% for each table service meal.

    My best advice for making dining reservations for large families is to plan ahead for all table service meals. It would be extremely difficult to obtain a reservation "on the fly." My other advice is to visit Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs). It is a great value and can help off-set those pricier meals.

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Anne, Iowa

I’m Anne, a native Iowan, wife, mother, and grandmother. For me, a major part of the fun of a Disney trip is the planning. I have traveled to the Disney Parks in multiple stages of my life, including as a daughter, sister, aunt, mother and grandmother.  One of my favorite things to do is to travel with multi-generational groups. I am thrilled to be able to help other Disney guests plan their adventures. Learn More About Anne

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