Mom And Son On Run
  • On Sep 18, 2009
    Elizabeth from MD 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.

    I'm in process of planning our 1st family trip for 2010. We have 9,7,3 yr olds. Not sure which meal plan to choose...leaning towards quick service b/c we feel kids might not be able to sit & wait for food. What are your pros & cons for both choices

    Hi Elizabeth,

    The counter service restaurants at WDW offer inexpensive meals that are quick and convenient.  Their dining rooms tend to be very crowded and sometimes noisy.  It does depend on what time of day you decide to eat.  I can get a bit overwhelmed if I try to eat at 12:30 pm on a Saturday in the Magic Kingdom.  I also find that the menus at counter service establishments throughout WDW tend to be similar.  You get a much larger variety if you eat at table service restaurants.

    I have visited WDW with children of all different ages and have never had a problem with them becoming impatient.  I have actually found the opposite is true.  Most of the time sitting down for a table service meal seems to allow everyone the time to unwind.  The dining rooms are quieter so you can discuss what you did that day and what you want to do the next day.  The variety and quality is also better at the table service restaurants.

    If you are still afraid that you kids won't do well waiting at table services restaurants, consider character buffets.  The kids will be occupied with the characters and everyone can get their food immediately.  The character buffets can be a little more expensive than a typical table service meal, but if you are on the dining plan most meals will just be one table service credit.

    Hope that helps.  Have a great trip

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I have been fortunate enough to be on the Walt Disney World Moms Panel since 2008.  As a Disney World enthusiast, I can’t imagine a greater opportunity.  My husband, our 6-year-old daughter, and I visit WDW a few times a year. 

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