• On Mar 24, 2017
    Amy from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can I purchase child dining plan for my 9 year old and just pay the difference in price at a restaurant if he wants to purchase an adult meal? I really don't want to book trip saying he is 10 since then we also have to pay adult ticket fees.

    Hi, Amy!

    When on the Disney Dining Plan, kids who are ages 3 - 9 must order from the kids menu at Table Service locations. There is no way to pay an "up-charge" to adult meal. Your best bet if you want to avoid your child eating from kids menus for your Table Service meals is to book buffets or family style all-you-care-to-eat dining locations. In these restaurants, your child is free to eat whatever your son chooses.

    Some of my favorite dining options that might work well:

    -Garden Grill (family style character dining) in Epcot
    -Whispering Canyon Café (family style dining) at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    -Cape May Café (buffet) at Disney's Beach Club Resort
    -Hollywood & Vine (character buffet) at Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Things will be a bit easier when using your Quick Service credits as adult/child credits are not tracked so your son can order from either menu at Quick Service locations.

    Your other option is to NOT add the Disney Dining Plan when booking your vacation. If it is not something that will suit your family, you may be better off just paying out of pocket for meals so everyone can simply order whatever he/she pleases. I hope you find plenty of wonderful dining for your son during your magical Walt Disney World vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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