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  • On Dec 27, 2012
    Kevin from GA 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.

    My kids are 5 and 6. We're planning on the meal plan that includes three meals and two snacks per day. If I understand correctly, those meals may be character meals. How many character meals are too many? Meal planning is the most complicated to plan.

    Hi, Kevin!

    Booking "too many" meals is really up to your family's preferences.  For my family, one table service meal per day is plenty, allowing more time to play in the parks!  However, with your plan, you will want to book more than that to get the most value from your Dining Plan. 

    I would not book more than one character meal per day.  More than that, you will start to double up on your character meetings fairly quickly.  Since you have so many credits, you may want to look into dinner shows or Signature Dining which use 2 credits per meal. Some locations your kids may enjoy that are 2 credits per guest:

    -Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)
    -Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue (dinner show at Fort Wilderness)
    -The Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios)

    If you find that one you start to book that you have "too many" dining credits, you may want to consider downgrading to the Base dining plan which provides 1 Table Service credit, 1 Quick Service credit, and one snack.  A sample of a typical day with the base plan:
    -Breakfast:  At your resort's food court, use refillable mug for coffee or hot chocolate, use Snack Credit for a bagel
    -Lunch:  Quick Service lunch, one my favorites is Cosmic Rays in Magic Kingdom
    -Dinner:  Table Service dinner, or a buffet such at Chef Mickey's

    (**If you decide to downgrade your plan, you must do so 45 days prior to arrival to avoid any change fees.)

    Let me know if you need a list of restaurants that your family will enjoy!  Good luck planning and have fun.
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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