Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 11, 2013
    Mollie 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.

    Hi! We are driving from Illinois &staying at a resort. I'm on the fence about a dining plan...I am wondering if we are able to freely come & go between the park & our resort throughout the day? May bring extra food and take breaks! Thanks you!

    Hi Mollie!

    I can understand your hesitancy in adding the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) and ensuring you purchase the best plan for your family.

    Personally, I love the DDP and we purchase it each time we visit. We love having the flexibility to enjoy Table Service and Quick Service meals and snacks without worrying about the cost. The DDP also allows us to experience all of the special dining experiences we enjoy without worrying about how many to book or where to go that particular day. My daugther loves to dine in Cinderella Castle, so we always book Cinderella's Royal Table. My son loves the all-you-care-to-eat food at Ohana. For us, the dining experiences are part of what makes our trip magical.

    However, you can certainly visit Walt Disney World and have an amazing time without visiting the restaurants. You can bring your own food into the park and you can also leave ane re-enter the park (as long as the park hasn't reached capacity) and enjoy meals away from the park. 

    One thing to keep in mind though is that once you enter the park, you may not want to leave and you may get so caught up in all of the amazing attractions, parades and experienes that you don't find a good time to break for meals. It is a lot more convenient and you can save time by dining in the parks.

    I hope you have a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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