• On Jun 12, 2018
    Melanie from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Having breakfast at Garden Grill. If we are paying out of pocket and not using our dining plan, will they charge us for my 11 year old as a child or adult?

    Hi Melanie!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Breakfast at Garden Grill Restaurant sounds yummy!

    When we visited last summer, we did not use a dining plan. Our girls were then 10-years old and we did have to pay for them as adults at all character experience meals. Since it was our first visit with them over 9-years old, it was a jolt to the budget, but we had planned for it. At quick-service restaurants, we just chose the meals that had the food they preferred to eat. I would suggest that you check to see how much it would cost to get the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. If you are already planning to pay out of pocket for some meals, it may be worth it to get that plan so that you have three meal entitlements per night of stay. I always call 407-939-1947 to get the buffet prices for the dates of our visit and I check restaurant menus so that I have a good estimate of our food costs.

    I do hope you have advanced dining reservations for other character meals! My girls love Chef Mickey's, The Crystal Palace, 1900 Park Fare, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Cinderella's Royal Table. We always bring autograph books and love to take pictures with the characters. When you leave your room each day, be sure to pack those autograph books. On more than one occasion, I have forgotten them in the room and had to buy new ones when we got to the park.

    Melanie, if you have not booked a pre-park opening dining reservation, consider it. We love to make breakfast reservations at 8:00 a.m. on days that the parks do not have morning Extra Magic Hours so that we can enter the park early. Just be sure to check the park hours for the dates of your visit. We love to take pictures in the parks when they look virtually empty!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

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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