• On Jan 12, 2019
    Katie from IL 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.

    Disney Dining! Is it worth the time and extra money to spend on the Disney Dining or should I just go with the free quick service plan when we go in September? It’s our first time with kids 10, 7 and 3. One week but 5 day park hoppers. Anne Marie?

    Hi Katie!  Isn't it nice to have a Walt Disney World Resort vacation to look forward to while we are having this icky, snowy weather?  You must be so excited to bring your children on their first Disney vacation! Kudos to you for taking advantage of the Free Dining promotion!

    You bring up a great question.  I absolutely think you will want to plan at least some Table Service dining for your vacation.  There are some really unique dining experiences in the Theme Parks and Resort Hotels, and Character Dining is an iconic "must do" for a first trip.  The question is, how many Table Service meals do you think your family will enjoy?  I know when my kids were the same age as yours, they did not have much patience to sit still to eat; they would rather be out and about and snack along the way.  I recommend browsing various dining options and securing dining reservations for meals you and your family would enjoy.  Since you will not be in the Parks every day, perhaps you'd like to try some dining options at the Resort Hotels on your "off" days.  Then calculate your out of pocket cost for those meals, compared to the cost of upgrading your Dining Plan.  You can view menus to get an idea of prices.  Keep in mind your 10-year-old will be charged the adult price for both the Dining Plan and any buffet or prix fixe meals but is always welcome to order from the kid's menu.  If you decide to pay out of pocket, Character Dining breakfast will more budget-friendly than lunch or dinner.

    If you would like some specific dining location recommendations, please write back.  We are happy to help.
    Have a wonderful vacation!
    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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