• On Feb 27, 2019
    Carolyn from KY 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 the DP & we have kids aged 5,3,2 & 9mo. If we go to a table service do 5 & 3 yr old have to order a meal or can they share with parents & we only use 2 credits? Will we be charged auto 18% gratuity since there is 6 of us?

    Hi, Carolyn! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting that you are just a couple of months away from your trip! In no time, you will find yourself packing and getting ready for the magic!

    My family always chooses to purchase a Dining Plan because of the convenience it offers. Since all of your meals have been prepaid for, all you need to worry about is choosing your favorite items from the menu! Isn't it super neat?

    Children between the ages of three and nine must order from the children's menu. Both your three-year-old and your five-year-old will be expected to order their meals and are not allowed to share with you. Your nine-month-old, though, is allowed to eat from your plate. As far as gratuity goes, all parties of six or more guests are automatically charged 18% to their bill unless otherwise indicated at the restaurant. 

    Carolyn, I am sure your children will love the various options for character meals. My favorite meals include Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park, Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, among others. What I love the most about character meals is that your children will feel that they are not rushed when meeting their favorite Disney pals, but that it is quite opposite, as there will be plenty of time for hugs, pictures and, of course, autographs! Remember that some of the most popular meals should be reserved up to 180 days in advance.
    I hope this information has been helpful and please come back with more and more questions! We are delighted to help!

    Happy Disney Dining!
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Meet the Panelist: Desiree, Peru

Hi! I'm Desiree from Lima, Peru. My family will never ever tire of visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth, even if means traveling almost 3,000 miles to do so! My husband and I love to watch the fireworks with our kids, but the best magic happens when the grandparents come along and we all feel the same age in front of Cinderella Castle! I love giving tips about different types of resorts and traveling with multigenerational groups.
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