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  • On Jan 26, 2009
    Emma from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What's the best place to dine out to eat, is the dining plan a good option?

    Hi Emma.  Every family is different, but the dining option works really well for my family for a couple of reasons.  First, nearly everything is paid for before the vacation begins, this helps us to relax and enjoy the magic rather than worrying about the money we're spending.  Second, our family love to dine with characters, and the dining plan includes those experiences.  Without the dining plan, we would probably only do 1 of these meals during our vacation, but with the plan, we feel like we have the freedom to experience as many as we choose.  Third, we have found that the plan really does save us money.

    As for BEST places to eat, that depends on what you're looking for and who will be dining.  Is your party primarily adults & teenagers, or are you looking to entertain toddlers and small children?

    My favorites for the older crowd:

    • Jiko - Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • California Grill - Contemporary Resort
    • Flying Fish Cafe - Boardwalk

    Favorites for families with small children

    • Crystal Palace - Magic Kingdom - character dining with Winnie the Pooh
    • Chef Mickey's - Contemporary Resort - character dining with Mickey Mouse
    • Whispering Canyon Cafe - Wilderness Lodge
    • Biergarten - EPCOT

    All of the restaurants listed above are family friendly.  It's just that the restaurants included in the first list are a little more sophisticated and offer some of the best cuisine in Walt Disney World.

    Hope this helps.  Have fun planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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