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  • My family and I are traveling to Disney just after Christmas, I am wondering if it will be a problem to dine without being on meal plan? are reservations a must ? We plan on using our Disney credit card. Also what do you feel are must do experiences?
  • - Asked by Tammy from Wisconsin on 12/19/2013
  • Tammy, in only a few days you will be flying with Peter Pan, sailing with pirates, and meeting Disney royalty!

    Not opting for the Disney Dining Plan will absolutely not cause you any problems. In fact, the majority of guests in the parks are not on a dining plan. Paying for meals with your Disney credit card, MagicBand, or cash is easy and acceptable. For quick service meals, reservations are not needed. Just walk up to the counter and order. If you would like to experience a character meal, try a buffet, sample one of the exotic eateries in Epcot's World Showcase, or enjoy any table service restaurants, reservations are a must the week after Christmas.

    Take a look at your choices in Dining Reservations and consider booking breakfast with Mickey, a Moroccan themed dinner, or lunch at a fun, unique spot such as the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Sitting down to a meal with a server taking care of you offers your family a nice break from the pace of the parks.

    Since you are visiting Walt Disney World during the holidays, take advantage of some of the special Christmas offerings. See the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney's Hollywood Studios, attend the stunning Candlelight Processional at Epcot to hear the choir of hundreds and amazing orchestra, and catch the classic Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade in the Magic Kingdom. Visit a deluxe resort or two to view the well themed, brilliantly done festive decorations. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has an edible gingerbread house big enough to walk into. 
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