• On Jan 12, 2017
    Judith from GA 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 a trip in May, 10 yr old first visit. Should we purchase a dining plan or eat as we go? We are not picky when it comes to food.

    Greetings, Judith! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I’m so glad you brought us your question.
    A guest's first trip to the magical Walt Disney World Resort gets me so happy and excited! Walking into the Magic Kingdom down Main Street, U.S.A, when suddenly you get that first peek at Cinderella’s Castle... goosebumps I tell ya! It’s a moment one never forgets!

    Ok, now, let's talk about food! Dining at the Walt Disney World Resort is more than just meals; it is an experience. Whether you want to meet your favorite Disney Character or Princesses, or venture into the Savannah and try food you’ve never heard of before, Disney aims to delight all your senses. 

    I have visited the Walt Disney World Resort both with Disney’s Dining Plan and without it. For me, having the Dining Plan provided the peace of mind that our meals were taken care of and all we had to do was show up and enjoy. I’m budget conscious, so that was a wonderful benefit! The trips we’ve done without it, I noticed we didn’t get to experience many of the wonderful Restaurants that now I can’t pass up! 

    Whatever you chose, be sure to make your Advanced Dining Reservations as early as 180 before you desired dates. You will have the flexibility to change them as you go, but some of these popular restaurants book fast! I have many favorites, but to give you a few and get you started: 'Ohana, The Crystal Palace, and 1900 Park Fare are some of my family’s must do’s! 

    Hope you have a magical time! Don’t hesitate to come back and see us soon if you have more questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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