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  • On Jan 7, 2012
    Ashley from MA Asked

    Hi Deborah! I was the college student who asked you about the trip i was planning in 2013. I want to know what your view is on meal plans. I wasn't sure if we were staying 1 week or 2, but do you suggest quick service or regular dining?

    Hi there, Ashley!

    Thanks for checking back in with me; I'm happy to help.

    I  asked some of my own students this question on your behalf, and I received mixed answers.

    All of them agreed that the numbers looked very good for the sheer volume of food (in way of number of meals and snacks) you'll receive for the price. There were no issues with the value of either approach.

    Here's where we split.

    One group was pretty adamant about wanting to maximize time in the Parks. This crew strongly advocated for the Quick Service plan, where there are no advance dining reservations (ADR) to make, no schedule to develop, and no "restrictions" on your time.

    The other bunch loved the experiences that the Table service plan will allow you to have, such as character dining and other signature dining opportunities. Sure, you'll need to work ahead and pre-plan some of your days, but you can have breakfast with Stitch, lunch with the Princesses, and dinner with the Fab Five. That, for this group, was a huge draw.

    So it really depends upon your traveling style. If you are more spontaneous and "go with it," the Quick service meal plan might be the way to go; if you prefer to pre-plan and have a sense of your days in advance, shoot for the Table Service route.

    The choice really comes down to the structure of your trip and how you want to proceed with your "travel agenda". If you are going to be in the Parks for more than week, I'd probably recommend the Table service option. When you feel "done" with a Park, you know there' s an incredible experience waiting "just around the riverbend". With more than one day set aside for each of the four Parks, you'll be fine to work in a variety of sit-down meals.

    Please keep in mind that you can always upgrade your Dining Plan, but it is not possible to downgrade.

    Keep counting the days!

    See you later, celebrator,
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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