Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Mar 21, 2011
    Janis 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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    First time family trip to Disney. Having a hard time deciding how to use the Dining Plan. Specifically wondering whether to use counter service for lunches and table service for dinner or vice versa? We have a DD9 and DS6. What do you suggest?

    Hi, Janis! You've come to the right place!

    Our family likes to mix it up a bit. No, I'm not talking about breakfast for dinner (although that DOES rock.) I'm talking about the meal for which you exercise your table service credit. Note: by saying "exercise" in the previous sentence, we have virtually worked off dinner. Score.

    We try to do no more than two days in a row with the same dining schedule. Three nights straight doing a sit down dinner would be the end of us. Granted, your kids are a couple years older than mine. Still, I think that mixing it up a little bit helps waylay any sort of repetitious funk you may settle into.

    So, say you're going to be at Disney World 6 nights. Here's one approach for planning your meals: 
    1. The first night there (the day you probably fly in,) do counter service for dinner. This helps keep you flexible for when you arrive.
    2. Second day: do a character breakfast prior to the park opening. You can cram a lot of food in during a character breakfast. So much so that you could use a snack credit for lunch to hold you over until a counter service dinner. Or, do a late counter service lunch and use your snack credit in the evening.
    3. Third day: table service dinner
    4. Fourth day: table service lunch
    5. Fifth day: flexible
    6. Sixth day: table service dinner

    In this scenario, if you have park tickets / dining plan for 6 days, you'll have an extra table service meal. You could do two table service meals one day, or you could use two credits on a Signature Dining Experience, such as Hoop Dee Doo or Cinderella's Royal Table.

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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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