Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jul 15, 2009
    Michelle from IN 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.

    Mom coming in Dec with kids 16, 7, 6. Which dining plan would be better, the deluxe or the disney recommended?

    Hi Michele,

    Both dining plans are great, which one to choose depends on how you and your family like to eat while on vacation.  I find that for a family vacation, the regular dining plan works best for our family.  On the regular plan you get 1 Table Service Meal, 1 Counter Service Meal and 1 Snack per person per night of your stay. Here's how our family might use the credits during our stay.

    Use our snack credits in the morning to grab a quick bite.  There are many options that are considered snacks: Milk & cereal, muffins, bagels, coffee, smoothies, fresh fruit, etc. At lunch, we'll use our counter service credits & then eat at a table service restaurant for dinner. We usually choose a restaurant where the food is served family style or buffet - that way my younger children can have more variety in their meal choices.

    Another option is to make a reservation for a late character breakfast.  I bring cereal/granola bars from home, and we grab one of those to tide us over.  Then we catch a few attractions when the parks open before our character breakfast.  After the kids are super hungry, they can eat as much as they want.  We skip lunch and have an early counter service dinner.  When they start to get hungry at night, we let them choose a snack while waiting for the parades or fireworks.

    You get the idea.  On this plan, we usually end up paying for one additional meal (counter or table service) out of pocket.  The Deluxe Dining Plan would be too much for our average family vacation.  However, if you plan on eating at a lot of signature dining restaurants or seeing dinner shows that require 2 Table Service Credits, then the Deluxe Dining Plan is the way to go.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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