• On Jan 8, 2019
    Cassie from IA 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.

    hello! we are going in sept. 2019. I am just wondering if when we check into to Animal Kingdom Lodge we can use our dining plan right away? we have the 1 table service /1 quick service / 2 snacks option. Also could a 12 year old eat at California Grill?

    Jambo, Cassie! 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm so excited to hEAR yo will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort in September! You are going to love the amazing dining locations, fun recreational activities and exotic animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    The Disney Dining Plan offers Guests flexibility, a great value and the convenience of already having your meals and snacks taken care of before your vacation even begins. I'm happy to let you know that you'll be able to start using your dining entitlements after you check into your Disney Resort hotel.

    California Grill is my very favorite Signature Restaurant. I've taken my four children, which range in age from 13 to 20, many times to this popular dining location, and they have always loved it. That being said, I would not hesitate to take your 12-year-old to California Grill. When you visit, be sure to try the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. It's simply amazing and my favorite appetizer of all time!

    Cassie, I hope this information has been helpful to you. Let us know if you have any new questions or would like dining recommendations. We would love to assist you further in planning a magical September trip!

    Bon Appétit,
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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