• On May 29, 2018
    Melissa from WI 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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    Hi, my family is planning a stay in October this year and we chose to go with the deluxe dining plan for our group. I have a daughter who is 5 and I am wondering if she will be required to choose from the children's menu to use the dining plan?

    Hi Melissa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am so excited to hear that you chose the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. This is my family's favorite dining plan!

    Children who are between 3 and 9-years old using either of the Disney Dining Plans must order from the children's menu when one is available. When we have used the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, however, we have discovered a little flexibility with appetizers and desserts at some restaurants. Given the portion sizes, the children's options have been the best for our girls. Quite honestly, it is a lot of food. We often take our leftover food back to the room, but there is no way we can eat it all. I also realized when the girls were younger that I did not want them only eating chicken nuggets while on vacation, so I checked the kids menu options at different restaurants prior to making dining reservations. One of our favorite restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios is 50's Prime Time Café. Our girls have enjoyed the grilled salmon on the kids menu. When you arrive at each restaurant, the cast member who serves you will explain the dining plan options.

    Melissa, I do hope you plan to do a few signature-dining experiences. With the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, we always dine at California Grill during the Happily Ever After fireworks at Magic Kingdom. We make our reservation about 30 minutes prior to the show then arrive about 30 minutes prior to the reservation time and request a window table. Although the window table cannot be guaranteed, the view from the restaurant is spectacular!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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