AA Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar; DinoLand U.S.A.; animal kingdom
  • On Jul 1, 2014
    Karen from NC 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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    Plan. trip Jan. '15 with 4.5 year old girls, to stay in POFQ, meal plan. Trying to figure out reservations for meals. What have others done with that age, places, times of day, etc. Thinking about quick service during day & save sit down for evening


    If you're like me, you want to get the most value out of the Disney Dining Plan. Planning ahead and make reservations within your 180-day window to check-in will allow you to book more of the special dining places your girls will remember. 

    I have a similar approach to you: I book only one sit-down meal a day as it can take a good 1.5 hours out of the parks from touring. To get the most of the plan, making dinner reservations for your table service dining is spot on. But don't be afraid to use one of the credits for a breakfast meal like Crystal Palace before the park opens. There's nothing like getting your picture made on Main Street with no one around! With their ages, the Character Meals are solid values on the meal plan. I prefer Chef Mickey's to see the five fab, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto and 1900 Park Fare to enjoy an evening with not only Cinderella and Prince Charming but also the evil stepmother and stepsisters who are rare finds in the parks.

    With children, there's only one problem we encounter with the Meal Plan: too much food. I would encourage you to combine two of your table service credits to enjoy a dinner show like Hoop Dee Doo Revue or a memorable evening's view at California Grill. 

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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