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  • On Feb 7, 2010
    Jacqelyn from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am taking my 25 year old daughter and her friend to Disneyworld in May to celebrate getting their masters degrees. Does using the dining plan with table service reservations make your day at the park too scheduled around eating times ?

    Hi Jacqelyn!

    Walt Disney World has some outstanding places to dine, both inside and outside the theme parks.  I recommend that most guests take advantage of that fact and plan on dining at least once in a while in a Table Service restaurant.

    So how many Table Service restaurants should you experience?  The answer depends on the guest.  Teenagers and young adults may want to spend every single minute in an attraction (or in line for an attraction) and may not like the idea of spending 60 to 90 minutes in a Table Service restaurant.  That also may hold true for guests of any age who have never been to Walt Disney World before.  For those guests, Quick Service may be the best for every meal.

    However, a lot of guests enjoy taking a "time out" from the theme parks to enjoy a nice meal.  My family and I actually plan on having a small breakfast "on the run", followed usually by lunch and dinner at a Table Service restaurant.  We've had the privilege of visiting the parks many times in the past, so we feel we can take the time to relax during a meal; In many ways, it recharges our batteries.  However, I will be the first to admit that eating two meals at a Table Service restaurant each day is a lot of food, it is expensive, and it takes a lot of time away from touring.  Thus some days we only have one Table Service meal.

    If you are not sure, I recommend making the Table Service restaurant reservations.  You can always cancel them once you get to Walt Disney Wold and get a feel for what makes sense for your party.  I keep the dining number on my cell phone so that I can re-plan as necessary during a trip; if you are not going to use a reservation, it's nice to make it available to other guests by canceling.

    Have a magical vacation!      
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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