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  • On Feb 8, 2010
    Susan from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family booked a Disney vacation. We are staying at the Polynesian Resort. We did not purchase a disney dining plan, but we want to eat at Character Dining. Should I book a dining plan?

    Hi Susan,

    You absolutely do not have to participate in a Disney Dining Plan to enjoy breakfast, lunch of dinner with some of Disney's finest stars.  Simply make an advanced dining reservation up to 180 days before your arrival by calling 1-407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).  Some of my family's favorites include Chef Mickey's, Cape May Buffet (for breakfast) and Crystal Palace.

    The Disney Dining Plans can be a great value if you feel that your family will use all (or most) of your credits, however, participating in a plan is certainly not necessary for character dining (or to dine anywhere) at Walt Disney World.

    Have a magical trip!

    Tanya

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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