Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 11, 2013
    Kim 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 is the best way to utilize the deluxe dining plan? I want to make sure I get those character dinings in and make it the most beneficial to us? Also what is the best way to organize with this?

    Hello Kim!
    Anyone that knows me knows that one of my favorite parts of my Walt Disney World vacation is the food!  Disney's Deluxe Dining Plan is great way to go for guests that want to experience more than one table service meal a day or enjoy eating at Disney's Signature Restaurants.  
    One of the best ways to utilize the deluxe dining plan is by dining at Signature restaurants which require 2 table service credits.  My recommendation for getting the maximum use out of your dining plan is to attend a character breakfast which require 1 table service credit (except for Cinderella's Royal Table) and dine at a signature restaurant in the evening which requires 2 table service credits. Typically what I make reservations for breakfast in one of the last time slots available.  This has the added benefit that the restaurants are not as crowded and we get more one on one interaction with the characters.  This especially works well with restaurants such as Chef Mickey's and 1900 Park Fare which serve only breakfast and dinner, since the restaurants is not open for lunch it can be practically empty by the time we leave.
    When organizing my own Disney vacation, I typically use spread sheets in order to keep track of everything.  I start by figuring out which parks we will be attending on which days by checking various sites that have crowd prediction calendars such as  Once I have that figured out I fill in my meal slots based on the proximity to the park we will be visiting that day. I hope this helps in planning your upcoming trip and please let me know if I can help answer anymore of your questions!

    Happy Planning!

thumbnail image for Mandy

Meet the Panelist: Mandy, South Carolina

My husband and I are the parents of five rambunctious Disney loving children.I  I'm passionate about helping families find the magic that is Disney , so let me show you all the magic and savings that awaits on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Mandy

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.