Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On May 19, 2009
    Amy from TN 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.

    We are planning our first Disney vacation for our daughter. She will turn 4 while we are there. We are getting the dining plan in our package, but I am wondering if we will need to upgrade that in order to take her to some character meals.

    Hi Amy!

    Happy almost birthday to your princess!!!

    I'm happy to report that you absolutely do NOT need to upgrade your dining plan to take part in some amazing character meals (assuming, of course, that you have the standard dining plan and not the quick-service plan).  Character meals, including Chef Mickey's, Cape May Buffet (breakfast), Donald's Safari Breakfast at Tusker House, Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare, and many others require just one Table Service credit from your meal plan.

    If your little girl loves princesses, I recommend 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian for Dinner or Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus at Epcot.  Both are sure to delight her!  If she's more of a Playhouse Disney fan, I love Play n' Dine at Hollywood Studios, where the Little Einsteins and others make the rounds while their fans enjoy a great buffet!  Finally, if she's a fan of all things Winnie the Pooh, head over to the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom.

    Have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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