• On Jul 2, 2013
    April 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.

    Hi Andrea. Love the panel! Regarding the Fantasmic dining package and using the dining plan with it, you mentioned a "perk" in your answer to another question. Can you please tell me what the perk is? We will be there in Dec. Thanks!

    Hi, April!

    Great question!

    If Guests on the Disney Dining Plan are fortunate enough to be able to snag one of the very popular Fantasmic! Dinner Packages and select Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano for their reservation (lunch or dinner, same menu) then each Guest on that reservation is entitled to an appetizer as well. When you take a look at their menu, you'll see why I think that this is such an incredible thing. Yum.

    We learned about this many years ago, when we first arrived with the combination of the above things. Our server informed us of the perk and, although dubious, we ordered those apps. (And boy, were they delicious. Their calamari is so tender and beautifully presented, and the fresh mozzarella and vine-ripened tomatoes are mouthwateringly good.) Each time we return under the same set of circumstances, I ask our server if this offer is still valid, and it has been, right through this year.

    If you call Disney Dining and ask, they won't be able to confirm, as this is a perk that the operators of the restaurant have chosen to offer. I've managed to speak with staff at the restaurant recently, both in person and over the phone, and, yes, this offer still stands.

    As we love Mama Melrose's and are fans of appetizers far more than of dessert, this will always be our first choice when using our Dining Plan to pay for a Fantasmic! Dinner Package. (And now I'm hungry...)

    Send more questions as you think of them, April; I love to help Guests maximize the magic of their trip to WDW!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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