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  • On Mar 2, 2010
    Jodi from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are arriving at Disney World 4/11/10 and are interested in purchasing the dining plan. Please list your top 5 favorite places for dinner. We have a girl who is 11 (not into the princess thing) and a son who is 13. Is the DP worth it? Thanks!!

    Hi Jodi!

    Walt Disney World has a lot of great places to eat, both inside and outside theme parks.  Some guests on a Disney Dining Plan save a lot of money, some save only a little, and some actually spend more.  You can get more information on the various dining plans here.  Unfortunately, I can't tell you if the Dining Plan would be a good choice for your party as I don't know what you like to eat, how often, etc.  However, I can point you in the right direction.  I suggest visiting the independent website AllEars.Net.  The team at All Ears does a great job keeping their menus up to date.  You can select some restaurants that look interesting and see how much it would cost to just order off the menu; then you can compare that to a dining plan.

    Be sure to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) as soon as possible.  ADRs can be made up to 180 days in advance at (407) WDW-DINE or online. 

    Below are some of my favorite Table Service restaurants at Walt Disney World:
    • Magic Kingdom:  Crystal Palace, Liberty Tree Tavern
    • Epcot:  Le Cellier Steakhouse, Biergarten, Chefs de France
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios:  Brown Derby, Hollywood and Vine, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (*)
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom:  Tusker House, Yak and Yeti
    • Resorts:  Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge, 'Ohana in the Polynesian, Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club, Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary, Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Downtown Disney:  Raglan Road
    (*) The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater is great for the atmosphere, but has a very limited menu.  I suggest looking at the menu at AllEars.Net to see if it offers anything you would enjoy.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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