Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 22, 2011
    Bill from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi, if I get a concierge room at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, would you recommend getting a dining plan or would the food provided at the concierge be enough for two adults?

    Hi Bill! The club-level at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorites -- my family has stayed there several times, including a visit just last month. Club-level guests receive a continental breakfast in the morning that includes bagels, muffins, fruit, yogurt and quinoa as well as juice and coffee. Cookies, drinks, and other light snacks are available throughout the day. In the evening, you'll find a few hot appetizers, hummus, dips, cheeses, crackers along with wine and beer, followed up desserts and cordials. Whether those items are satisfying enough to serve as meals depends largely on your appetites. If you like a hot breakfast or a hearty dinner, you won't find that at the Animal Kingdom Lodge club-level. If you're light eaters, you'd likely find the morning and evening offerings satisfying, but you'll still need to purchase lunch at a restaurant.

    When my family stays club-level, we generally do not purchase the Dining Plan. Our usual routine is to eat breakfast in the club lounge, have a nice meal at a table-service restaurant for lunch, and then snack on the evening offerings in the club lounge. After having a glass of wine and sampling the evening hors d'oeuvres, we generally just don't feel hungry enough to go out for another meal, so I have always felt that we wouldn't be able to get our money's worth out of the Dining Plan.  However, our club-level stays are generally only a few nights. If you're staying longer, you might find that the offerings in the club lounge can get a little monotonous. Also, there may be days when you want to stay in the parks rather that returning to the resort for the evening service in the club lounge.  For these reasons, I think the Dining Plan could be useful for a longer club-level stay.

    Come visit me again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!  
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I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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