Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 30, 2010
    Yvette 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.

    Hi. My husband and I are bringing our two year old daughter and her two year old cousin to WDW this May. We're staying at The Orange Lake Resort. Are we eligible for the Free Dining Plan or any other Discounts for Dining?

    Hi Yvette!  Sadly, I'm not going to be able to give you the answer for which I think you were hoping. In order to use the Disney Dining Plan, you have to stay at one of the Walt Disney World resorts and purchase a vacation package. Staying at a Disney resort offers lots of other benefits, such as extra hours in the parks, so if that's an option, you may want to consider staying onsite. Otherwise, if you're an Annual Passholder, you're eligible for discounts at various restaurants, and you can purchase a Tables in Wonderland membership, which gives you additional discounts on dining. (Florida residents can also purchase membership in Tables in Wonderland.)

    Even if you're not an Annual Passholder, a Florida resident, or staying onsite, there is one "discount" for which you'll qualify: Children under age 3 eat free at buffets at Disney! If you want to take the two-year-olds to a character meal at Chef Mickey's or Crystal Palace, you'd pay only for the adult meals.

    Hope you have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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