Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 8, 2010
    Jennifer from LA 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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    Leaving in 29 days! We are on the DDP for the 1st time. My 10 yr old DD may choose to order some things off the kids menu. Can we opt to pay for these out of pocket if she does and save her table service for another meal? PS LOVE THE PANEL!!!!!!

    Hi Jennifer!

    There are some many incredible restaurants in Walt Disney World and they are not your average restaurant but and actual dining experiences! So I am assuming that you are purchasing the Disney Dining Plan which includes for each night of your package, for each Guest in your party ages 3 and up:

    1 Table-Service Meal
    1 Quick-Service Meal
    1 Snack

    This means that everyone in the room has to have the same package but it is up to you how you choose to spend the dinning credits. Also you can choose to pay for any meal out of pocket as well. Anyone can order a kid's meal from the children's menu and also pay cash for it. Just make sure that you inform your server when you are ordering that you plan to pay cash for your daughter's meal and then use the Disney Dinning Plan to pay for the other meals for everyone else in your party. 

    I have used this strategy many times with my 12 year old son and it has enabled us to eat at more Table Service Restaurants. We saved the Table Service Credits by paying cash for kids meals which are less expensive than adult meals. This strategy saves using an an adult Table Service Credit for a less expensive kid's meal. The only watch out is that at Buffet type meals you have to pay the full adult price for kids 10 and up so you will not be able to utilize this method.

    I hope you have some amazing dining experiences at Walt Disney World on your next trip!

    Keep Dreaming Big!
    Marc Lorenzo
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Meet the Panelist: Marc, New York

I am a single Father to one incredible boy.  I would love nothing more than to provide people with Disney vacation planning that will enable them to have a new experience or make their Disney vacation just a little more magical! Learn More About Marc

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