Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 16, 2009
    Megan from NY 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.

    I am taking my honeymoon to Disney in July. I am wondering about the meal plan. First, what is the difference between counter service and sit-down service? Second, we are considering taking breakfast foods with us, so would the dining plan still benefit us

    Hello Megan!

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

    A table service meal is one where you are seated and a server takes your order, brings your drinks and meal, etc. Table service meals include buffets, family style meals and any restaurant where you order from a menu.

    Counter service is more like fast food. You order and pay at the counter, receive your food and then find a seat to enjoy your meal. There are many choices for counter service meals at Disney World including pizza, hot dogs, burgers, salads, chicken and ribs, etc.

    I definitely think the dining plan would be worth it even if you plan to bring breakfast food with you. Here is how I would use the plan if I were you, (considering you plan to purchase the regular plan which includes one table service, one counter service and one snack a day). I would eat breakfast in your room, use the counter service credit for lunch and use your table service credit for dinner. You can use your snack credit on a wide variety of things ranging from a bottle of water to ice cream, popcorn or one of my personal favorites - a DoleWhip.

    Since the regular meal plan only includes two meals a day, most times people pay out of pocket for a meal or do just as you plan and bring things from home to have breakfast in the room. Eating a quick breakfast at your resort before hitting the parks will not only save you money, but precious time as well.

    I hope this helps! Enjoy your honeymoon at the most magical place on Earth!
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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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