Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 10, 2012
    Candice from ON 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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    My family of 4. (the kids being 6 and 4) are looking at staying at the Polynesian the end of Sept beginning of Oct. We are thinking about staying on the club level. Do you think we would need a dining plan and the concierge service?

    Hi Candice!

    Although I've visited the Polynesian a number of times, I've never actually stayed. But my family and I will finally be staying there later this year, so looking forward to it "Big Time." :-)

    In terms of the Concierge Service and/or the Disney Dining Plan, I think it will primarily depend on how you plan to spend your time at Disney: Whether you will spend a lot of time at the Parks or your resort, will most of your days be away from the resort (i.e. only there early morning or late evening)? Are you interested in character meals? Are hot meals a preference?

    Besides having the convenience of this extra food around, if you don't plan to spend a lot of time at the resort, you may not get a good return on your investment getting the concierge service. As an alternative, I would at least look at the Disney Quick Service dining plan. This would feed you regardless of whether at park or resort, and you wouldn't find yourself keeping an arm's length to the resort just to be fed. The Concierge breakfast is continental, lunch is fruit and snacks, and evening is hors d'oeuvres. Again, good to have if your children are fairly light eaters, but may not work so much if they prefer a full plate with sides or larger meal portions.

    So look at the Quick Service Dining Plan, and see if that is a good match to your family eating habits.

    And Good Luck!
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