Mom And Daughter Outside Grand Floridian
  • On Feb 6, 2015
    Delyte from OH Asked

    My friends and I are all "seniors" (>70), and while we enjoy eating,and have no major health problems,we don't eat as much as when we were younger. Would the dining plan be a reasonable thing for us to do?

    Hi Delyte!

    It sounds like you have a fun group of seniors if you are all headed to the Walt Disney World Resort together. I have every intention of having those kinds of friends in my retirement!

    The Disney Dining Plan may or may not be a good idea for your group. If your main goal is convenience, the Disney Dining Plan is a great option. On the Disney Dining Plan, at each restaurant you would simply need to use your Magic Band to redeem your credits. With a group of friends at a table service restaurant it might be nice to simply use your Magic Band rather than try to divvy up the check between the group. Also, if you plan on eating at a lot of buffets, the Disney Dining Plan can be a good value. Since the price of the buffet is the same no matter what you choose to eat, the Disney Dining Plan is often a good choice for these restaurants.

    If your main priority is value, you think you will be mostly ordering off a menu rather than a buffet, and the members of your party tend to have smaller appetites, the Disney Dining Plan may be too much food. For smaller appetites, a Guest who might like to order an appetizer and dessert rather than an entree will find that the Disney Dining Plan is not a good choice for them. You may also find that at quick services locations two of you may wish to share a meal and simply order an additional drink. If this is something that you would do, I would also think that the Disney Dining Plan is probably not the best value for your party.

    I hope this helps you and your friends decide what will work best for you on your upcoming magical vacation. Remember to make any desired Advance Dining Reservations 180 days prior to your resort check-in for the best availability!

    Have a Disney Day!
    - Kate
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A lifelong Disney fan, joining Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family of six. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, groups both large and small, and during every season of the year. Whether meeting a Disney Princess, training to be a Jedi or dining with Mickey, our family enjoys it all. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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