• On May 31, 2012
    Susanne 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 are a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids ages 8, 6 & 3) & are not sure which dining plan would be best- we are considering basic dining plan vs deluxe? Also, does table service take up a lot of time, esp if the table is not ready despite reservation

    Hi Susanne! Dining experiences at Walt Disney World vary from quick grab and go fare to signature five course meals. Disney Dining Plans are built so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about finite costs as its built in to the pricing. Truly, the selection of DDP depends on your eating habits. If your family is the type that enjoys sit down service for each meal, and would like to have Signature dining experiences daily, then the Deluxe plan is definitely for you. If your family is the type to enjoy quick meals during the day and a table service experience for dinner, then the basic plan is a good choice for you all. Table service meals do tend to take up a bit of time. Normally, when checking in the wait can be anywhere between 15-20 minutes prior to being seated. You can then expect about a 45-60 minute dining experience depending on how quickly you want to be finished. For example, a meal at Raglan Road took us about one hour while a meal at California Grill lasted us almost two hours. You can find more comprehensive information about the Disney Dining Plan and restaurants on the dining page of the Walt Disney World website, Hope this helps you plan your magical vacation! -Malanie
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Meet the Panelist: Malanie, New York

Hi there! The Disney Parks have been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Introducing my children, husband, and family to all the magic that Walt Disney World can offer has led to countless moments with Mickey and Friends, Disney Vacation Club membership and fun on the high seas with Disney Cruise Lines! Our vacations are usually centered around a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and I am super excited to help you plan and create magical moments for you and your families! Learn More About Malanie

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