• On Feb 9, 2020
    Nicole from WI 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.

    Would you do the quick service dining plan with a 14 & 12 year old?

    Hi Nicole!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing this delectable dining plan question to us!

    Dining plan decisions can be tough. My girls are about the same age and, honestly, I would do the Disney Dining Plan. Although the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan is a good value, my girls enjoy the variety of options (especially for vegetarians) at table-service restaurants and, even if they do not eat a lot, they love the grown-up experience. Since one of my girls has significant food allergies, we love that at table-service restaurants, the chef typically comes to speak with her about the menu options!

    A few of our favorite table-service restaurants include 'Ohana (dinner), Coral Reef Restaurant, 50's Prime Time Café, and Yak & Yeti™ Restaurant. When using the Disney Dining Plan, we typically bring snacks from home for breakfast (i.e. granola bars) and then we use a quick-service meal entitlement for lunch and a table-service meal entitlement for dinner. Having a table-service meal each day can be especially delightful in the summer (to escape the blazing temperatures) or to simply relax for a bit. And, this may be hard to believe, but a few of our favorite meals are character experiences. We love Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast. It is a must-do for every trip!

    Having said that, do what is best for your budget and your family's style of vacationing. Be sure to make those advanced dining reservations even at Be Our Guest Restaurant if dining there for breakfast or lunch (quick-service). On a day when Magic Kingdom opens at 9:00 a.m., we love to do an 8:00 a.m. breakfast reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant, order our food before we arrive, finish dining by 8:45 a.m. and jump in the standby line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

    Nicole, sending you pixie dust as you choose a dining plan!

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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