• On Mar 4, 2009
    Jennifer from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Thanks, Diane for the great answer. F/U question..would you not eat lunch at all and just do snacks? Should I only worry about breakfast and supper, or have a light lunch, or snacks? We have DDP, so we have options. 3 boys 8,5,2.1 big eater (the 2 y/o!)

    Hi Jennifer --

    Glad I could help with your vacation planning!  There is nothing worse than a hungry toddler -- except maybe an overtired, hungry toddler!  When we go to Disney World, 2 Table Service meals is the most we've ever eaten, and very often we skip lunch altogether.  Depending on the reservations I've been able to get, we've had several meal scenarios:
    • grab a light snack before heading out for the day, visit a few attractions and have a late (10:30ish) character breakfast, eat an early (4:00ish) dinner, and have a substantial snack while waiting for the evening parade.
    • get the earliest possible character breakfast in a park, so that we are finished eating by the time the park opens, grab a counter service lunch before heading back to the resort for some down time, have a later dinner.  If the kiddos are hungry after their nap or playing in the pool, grab a snack to share.
    • Grab a counter service breakfast/snack at one of the parks, have an early lunch (11:30), then hold off until dinner.
    The great thing about your snack credits are that they are good for some packaged items at your resort market place.  I like to grab a couple of these type items to carry with us in the park.  That way, if anyone starts complaining about being hungry, I'm prepared.

    I think you'll find that with the deluxe dining plan, you'll always be able to grab something without having to worry about using up all of your credits.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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