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  • On Apr 20, 2014
    Toya from TX 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.

    We have booked a vacation this summer but wanting to know if the dinning packages are worth getting. I have a 12 year old and a 10 year old. My 10 year old is a very picky eater and does not eat much at one time.


    Typically, I find that the dining package pays for itself if your children are under the age of 9 and you want to book several Character meals. In your case, because your child is 10 and will be considered an adult for dining, I don't think you'll get the most out of the plan, especially if he/she is a picky eater.

    Additionally, I usually recommend to parents of picky eaters to make your table reservations at buffet restaurants so your child has lots of options from which to choose and you'll usually find the ever-popular-with-kids macaroni and cheese on most buffets. However, these buffets aren't necessarily the best way to optimize the cost of the dining plan if everyone in the party is an adult.

    Bottom line: I'd recommend that you skip the dining plan on this trip. If you have the time, do a little research of the menus for some of the restaurants before you get there to locate a few options for your child. This will save precious time once you're in the parks.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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