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  • On Mar 29, 2009
    Darren 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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    Hi moms! Great Panel! With the Dining plan, any hints on more bang for your buck in the sit down restaurants? What to order and what restaurants to go to for the best deals and most food?


    One of the advantages of the Dining Plan is that it allows you to eat at some of Disney's pricier restaurants, but know your costs upfront, allowing you to stick to a budget! 

    When our family went to Disney a few years ago on the dining plan, I had the same thoughts as you: how could I get the most value from its table credits?!  After glancing at the menus at, I noticed two things:  for price, the better value were the table service restaurants vs. buffets for adults.  For children, the better value was the Character Buffets over table service.  And going at dinner vs. breakfast added more value.

    Here was my "wish list":
    • Akershus (Best Princess Dining. Little princess get their picture taken free!  The restaurant serves dishes that may not be your standard fare.  Picky eaters? Go at breakfast.)
    • Le Cellier:  Our kids loved the "moose" for dessert.
    • Coral Reef:  Portions weren't as large as other restaurants, but the aquarium view made up for it.
    • Chef Mickey's: Eat an early dinner and you'll have time to go back to Magic Kingdom for fireworks!
    • Hoop Dee Doo Revue: Family-style, all-you-can-eat chicken and ribs and a funny dinner show.  Best of all, gratuity is included!
    A few others I'd recommend without considering price, just food and atmosphere:
    • Biergarten.  Meat and potatoes buffet with my favorite floor show.
    • Ohana.  Don't fill up on the first pass of offerings!  Wait for the shrimp and beef!
    • Crystal Palace:  The buffet's fresh offerings will surprise you.  If you have a fan of Pooh, it's a must!
    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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