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  • On Aug 10, 2009
    Kathy from NC 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.

    traveling in Nov with 4 adults, 3 children under 6.Want suggestions for restaurants for children. In using the basic dining plan, how is the bill deducted from the dining plan? How do we know what to pay for food/drink not included in the dining plan?


    November will be here before you know it!

    As for suggested restaurants for children, the question is: Where do I start?  Since it sounds like you're on the dining plan, I'll try to stick to those (one of my kid's favorite's, Rainforest Cafe, is actually not on the plan...but you can always enjoy it on a later trip!)

    • Character Meals are always a hit with the under 6 crowd. Favorites include Crystal Palace (one of the best buffets on property, in my opinion, plus you get Pooh and his buddies), 1900 Park Fare (the only Character meal with Cinderella AND Prince Charming and the wicked stepsisters), Chef Mickey's with Mickey and all the gang, and Akershus for its array of princesses--but if you've got picky eaters, though, go for a late brunch, as the menu is more off-the-beaten-path than most.
    • Counter-service locations for the younger set: Cosmic Ray's offers more than the usual burger fare, plus, if you don't mind the loud music, the kids can be entertained by the animatronics.  Also, my little guys still remember what a treat it was to pick their favorite dessert from the case at Sunshine Seasons.
    As for your bill, make sure your waiter knows you are on the dining plan.  (Most of the time they'll ask if it's not already on your reservation.)  After dinner, you'll give your waiter your "Key to the World" card--much like a credit card--and he'll bring back your receipt with your gratuity owed.  You can either bill it to your room or pay there.  If there's any food or drink (like an alcoholic drink) that's not included in the plan, it will be run up separately, and you will receive a separate bill for it.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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