dining with Minnie Mouse at Cape May; character dining experience; Asian; mother, daughter, son
  • On Apr 7, 2024
    Megan Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi just wondering what the price difference is to upgrade the quick service plan? we have a 3 yr old and are wanting to do character meals and buffets and realised that you can’t use 2 credits like you used to be able to do thinking we need to upgrade?

    Hi there, Megan, and welcome to planDisney!

    Can you believe that it's not just a bunch of hocus pocus? You'll be waking up to another glorious morning in The Most Magical Place on Earth this October! So many Guests (including my pal Jennifer) are ecstatic about the return of dining plans. I think you'll love the convenience and efficiency they add to Walt Disney World Resort vacations. 

    Character Dining Experiences provide a great way to maximize the number of beloved characters your tiny Mousekeer will be able to say hello to without spending your magical minutes in queues.  Since most of these meals can be enjoyed for just one table service credit per person on the Disney Dining Plan, I think you'll find the upgrade to the Disney Dining Plan to be worth it. I just spoke to a helpful Cast Member who shared that the exact price difference is contingent on the length of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation as well the number of people in your party, but you can expect to spend around $35 more per adult per day and about $7 per child ages 3 to 9. Of course, this price was provided to me in American dollars, so I suggest reaching out to either your travel agent or the Walt Disney Travel Company for a more exact amount and to upgrade your holiday package if the numbers work with your budget.

    Because there's nothing quite like the magic of a character dining experience, my husband and I (who are both in our thirties) always make sure to have a reservation for at least one during each magical vacation. Most recently we enjoyed the Best Friends Breakfast at 'Ohana where we were greeted with hugs from Pluto, Lilo, Stitch, and Mickey himself in his Aloha finest. While breakfast at 'Ohana (shout out to POG Juice) and Stitch's antics never disappoint, my all-time favorite Character dining experience can be found at Garden Grill Restaurant in EPCOT. Here, Farmer Mickey (yes, in overalls), Pluto, and my beloved rascally chipmunk duo offer up a deliciously hearty meal of steak, green beans, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. Additionally, the smaller (rotating - yes, rotating) restaurant often allows them to stop by tables multiple times resulting in even more memorable moments. 

    I hope this was helpful, Megan, and that your magical vacation leaves you with a full heart (and belly). If you have any additional questions or require further clarification, feel free to stop back by. I'm always happy to help!

    See ya real soon,
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Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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