• On Jan 5, 2020
    Jennifer from WV 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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    We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children, and we have the Disney dining plan. My husband and I would like to eat at the California Grill one evening without the kids. Can we use the kid’s table credits for our meal since it requires 2 table credits each?

    Hello, there! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jennifer! 

    I have to start off by saying that California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort is my husband's all-time favorite restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you are a sushi fan, the options at California Grill are delicious! 

    You bring up a great question about how to make the best use of your Disney Dining Plan. I also have two kids and when my family has the Disney Dining Plan, I want to make sure each and every entitlement is used! As California Grill is considered a Signature Dining experience, you are correct that it requires two "credits." Since the kids' would be ordering from a kids' menu and the entitlements are not equal, you are not able to combine yours with theirs, but I do have some recommendations that I hope will help!

    My family and I have been in the exact same situation where we have needed to use two Table Service entitlements for one meal and to work around this, I like to plan a day before or after where we only use Quick-Service entitlements. Did you know you are able to convert a Table Service entitlement to use for a Quick-Service meal? (Note: you are not able to do the reverse.) Since your kids won't be joining you at California Grill, this might help in your planning.

    Another recommendation that I can offer is to be creative with your snack credits. We often will use snack credits for breakfast items instead of a Quick-Service entitlement which helps in our overall meal planning. Yet another option, if it makes sense for your family, would be to not use your Disney Dining Plan entitlements at California Grill (paying as you would at any other restaurant not at the Walt Disney World Resort) and save up those entitlements to use at another location with your kids. 

    I hope that however you choose to use your Disney Dining Plan, you have a delectable vacation down to the last bite! 
    Happy planning, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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