Mom With Kids After RunDisney; Mickey Fantasia Hat; Donald Duck Hat; Goofy Hat
  • On Mar 19, 2012
    Cassandra from MN 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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    I am planning a family trip for my family of 4 (girls age 4 1/2 and 1), and 2 sets of grandparents in October. My girls would be happy with eating pb&j etc. is it worth it to bring/buy groceries instead of a dining plan?

    Hi, Cassandra!

    It is of course up to you, but when I am on vacation, I want to be "on vacation" and packing as few lunches as possible!  With 6 adults, I would go for the Disney Dining Plan.  Your 4 year old will get charged only a child's price which is very reasonable, and you 1 year old will be free (she can share off an adult plate for no charge, this works best at buffets/family style dining.) 

    I think that the grandparents would have so much fun seeing your little princesses at the character buffets plus it is a great way to meet many of your Disney Pals without waiting in lines in the parks.  I suggest Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. 

    The menus for children are very healthy and kid-friendly.  Even the pickiest of eaters will find something they will enjoy.  If you do not see something on the menu, ask your server as they can often accommodate particular appetite!

    Of course, another option is to skip the Dining Plan, and do some restaurant dining (just paying out of pocket) and pack some grab and go sandwiches for a few lunches.  It is up to you, but for convenience, you might want to give the Dining Plan a shot. 

    My advice is to take a break from grocery shopping, make some Advance Dining Reservations and enjoy the great dining around Walt Disney World !  Enjoy!

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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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