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  • On Oct 11, 2012
    Amy from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Table service meals are more relaxing with my girls (1&3) but sometimes we need to eat at counter service. Any tips on making the process smoother and less chaotic? I'm checking menus in advance, taking toys, and packing an organized backpack. Many tha

    Hi Amy!

    My kiddos are 1 and 4 and sometimes any meals can be challenging.  We always bring little table toys for both of them and activity books.  My son loves the Walt Disney World maps, so we always bring those and have tell us where all he wants to go and have him name things that he sees on the maps. 

    Knowing what you want in advance is definitely helpful in saving time.  When we are dining at a table service restaurant, I always ask for all of the food to come out when it's ready.  Some restaurants wait to put in your entire order until after you've had your appetizers or salads.  

    If you have two adults in your group, have one take the kids to find a table while the other stands in line to order.  I have taken trips as a solo parent and it is difficult, but manageable.  I always take my double stroller, so I choose counter service lines that are wheelchair accessible so I can be close with them at all times.  If you pick a line in the middle, you won't be able to push a stroller through.

    The biggest tip is to not stress yourself out over-thinking it.  Go with the flow and you will have a great time.

    Have a magical day!

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Meet the Panelist: Leslie, Florida

I am a stay-at-home mom and wife from Florida who loves to take advantage of every bit of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  From our wedding to birthdays, my family loves to celebrate any occasion at Disney World.  Learn More About Leslie

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