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  • On Jul 27, 2011
    Audra from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My concern is Dining vs. Quick Service. I have a feeling if I choice Dining with Tbl service I will have to plan my trip around the table service meals. That can be complicated. We dont want to do park hoppers to save money. Which Character Meal cheaper

    Your question seems to have gotten cut off, so I'm going to guess about what you are asking. If I'm guessing wrong, please forgive me and feel free to ask again - I'd be happy to help!

    You are correct in thinking that table service meals and no park hoppers means more planning for you. And you're smart for realizing this in advance - many people don't, unfortunately, and it puts a strain on their vacation. I am happy to tell you that it is absolutely very do-able to schedule meals and not have park hopping tickets! I have done it myself many times.

    One way to avoid this issue altogether is to dine at the resorts rather than in the theme parks. Then you wouldn't even need to schedule your park visits around your dining reservations. And in my opinion, the most wonderful restaurants in Disney are in the resorts, anyway! For character dining, Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary, 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian, Cape May Cafe in the Beach Club, or 'Ohana in the Polynesian all have meals that might interest you.

    As for out of pocket meal costs, I can tell you that breakfast and lunch are generally less expensive than dinner. Currently, the Lilo and Stitch breakfast at 'Ohana is the least expensive, followed by breakfast at 1900 Park Fare or Crystal Palace.

    Hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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