Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Aug 29, 2010
    Shellie from VT Asked

    in may 2011 we are planning a 7 night trip, staying at okw. there are 13 10+ and 4 children 9 and under. I am debating on getting the meal plan for all of us. Would the meal plan be a more affordable way to go or paying as we go be better on the pocket

    Hi, Shellie!  I have this debate with myself every time we travel.  It really depends on your family and the eating habits of the people in your party.

    For our family, I can never make the dining plan work.  I have had gastric bypass surgery, so I can't eat a full meal most of the time.  I have a nine year old who would still be on the children's meal plan, but she can easily eat an adult meal.  I also prefer a lot of times to give my five year old an appetizer from the adult menu instead of giving her a steady diet of chicken nuggets and fries.

    For many families, however, this is an excellent way to budget for your meals.  You can certainly do it more cheaply if you watch at each meal what you are spending and compromise at some meals (ordering chicken when you wanted steak, for example).  You can order whatever you want from the menus, and it gives you the freedom from having to worry about ordering items that are too expensive and blowing your budget.  It allows you to enjoy some very nice meals without constantly worrying that you'll have to scrimp and save the whole rest of the trip in order to enjoy splurging.

    Weigh the priorities for your family.  If nicer, sit down meals are going to be a priority (or even if you plan on doing character meals), and you are a family of good eaters, the dining plan is probably a great way to go!

    Have a wonderful vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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