Infant and toddler with Chef Mickey
  • On Jun 11, 2018
    Shawna from NH Asked

    Hello, I'm curious about the dinning plan. My son is 2 so he doesn't qualify for one, is it truly worth the $1200 for just me and my husband or are we better off without it?

    Hi, there!

     Shawna, your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is just around the corner - how very exciting. I'm sure you're counting down the days!

     My family loves the Disney Dining Plan, and I'm happy to share our experience with it. We appreciate the Disney Dining Plan for its value, flexibility, and convenience. We have young kiddos, so we book three or four Character Dining Experiences during our vacations. These meals are a bit expensive out-of-pocket, but we love that our kids have fabulous interactions with popular characters right at our table, and there is always great, kid-friendly food offered. Did you know your son can eat for free at buffets and all-you-can eat restaurants like Chef Mickey's since he's under 3-years old? We've found exceptional value in the Disney Dining Plan for Character Dining Experiences and also with Snacks. My husband and I may or may not have a deep-rooted love for Starbucks, and we like to fuel our magical adventures in the theme parks with caffeine when we arrive each morning. Most Venti-sized drinks at the Starbucks locations qualify as Snacks on the Disney Dining Plan, so we use that to our advantage! We once chose not to purchase the Disney Dining Plan, and we immediately regretted it. We missed the convenience of using it, but we also found that we were less likely to indulge in our favorite Disney cravings because the cost of food seemed to add up quickly. Knowing our meals and snacks are paid for ahead of time makes us more comfortable splurging - it is vacation, after all!

     Thanks for stopping by, Shawna. I love chatting about little ones and the Walt Disney World Resort, so please let me know if you have any other questions!

    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, world-class food offerings, and unparalleled park attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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