Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Aug 3, 2009
    Tom from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We purchased the Dining Plan and have a son who is 9 (and is considered a child) and has a big appetite. Are there any tips / tricks for ordering at table service restaurants?

    Hi Tom!

    The first piece of advice I would offer you is to book some buffet and all-you-care-to-eat family style meals like 'Ohana, Garden Grill or Liberty Tree Tavern (all for dinner). Your son will be able to eat as much as he'd like at these meals.

    When it comes to table service restaurants where you will be ordering from a menu, your son will have to order from the children's menu. You can order extra items like appetizers or an extra side dish, but you will have to pay for these things out of pocket.

    The only other option that I can think of would be to register your son as an adult on your reservation. However, the downside to doing this is that you will have to purchase your son an adult priced park ticket to go along with the adult dining plan. You would have to do the math on what you would be spending and saving in each situation to find out what would work best. If I were you I would probably book some buffets and family style dinners and then pay out of pocket for an appetizer or second helping if your son would like a more substantial meal at your other table service meals.

    I hope this helps! Have a great vacation!
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My name is Amber and I’m a stay-at-home mom from southwestern Pennsylvania. Planning my family’s Disney vacations is always so much fun. I love spreading the magic by getting others excited for their trips.
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