Originally Posted by sablebomb
I was reading a bit about the dining plans but kept going back to the comments that if you want to have character meals, you should get the dining plan? Is the dining plan make it easier to reserve the character meals? or is it just that the character meals are more expensive so it makes it more worth it? That's what I haven't come across yet. (tons of info and I've spent hours on here so far reading up on all kinds of great topics!).
What exactly is this character dining?
You hit that one right on, the character dining is more money. They are more popular hence the need for ADR's. All Ears has a good site with menu's and pricing to help, as well Davids Disney site has a good calculator to help. Davids DVC has some good tools to use, you may like the DVC option as well but I would agree with other posters that DVC while a great option is not for first time visitors.