Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 8, 2011
    Sara from OH Asked

    On the dlx plan and have ADR's for table service three times a day for most days we are going to be there. You find that you are still able to enjoy what the parks have to offer? Saw that you do this with your family. Looking for fun and relaxing.

    Hi Sara! Oh, you're my kind of traveler -- you're going to be doing some good eating! I suppose I should preface my answer by saying I'm a Food Network junkie who spends way too much time reading the online menus for the Disney restaurants. I look forward to all the great table-service meals I've reserved just as much as my time in the parks, so it's no surprise that I don't think three table-service meals a day at Disney is too much. Honestly, I don't think a sit-down meal takes much more time than a counter-service one when you factor in the time you spend standing in line to order, waiting for your food, finding a table, eating, cleaning up your table and visiting the restroom. In my opinion it's much more relaxing to be seated in an air-conditioned table-service restaurant and have the server bring me my drinks rather than carrying a tray loaded with food and drinks as I wander around a quick-service restaurant trying to find an empty table while not losing my children.

    Character buffets save me from wasting valuable park time standing in lines for photos and autographs with them -- I get to eat my lunch while they come visit me! Plus, since the food is already prepared at the buffets, there's no waiting for food. 

    I usually schedule breakfast before the parks open so that we don't miss the crucial early morning touring time. Having a breakfast reservation inside a park an hour before it opens is ideal because when we finish eating, we're first in line for the attractions since we're already in the park. I find a nice sit-down lunch gives us time to recharge after a morning in the parks. You can maximize your touring time by grabbing a Fast Pass to a popular attraction before lunch and then you'll be able to ride without waiting after you eat. After a nice dinner, you'll have lots of energy for a late night in the parks, when the temperatures are comfortable.

    Enjoy all those great meals! Come visit me again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions! 
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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