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  • On Jan 31, 2009
    Ragena from IN Asked

    hello, we are planning to visit for the first time as a family in late march. i have a family of 8,6 of which are kids (yes,mine). i was wandering about the dining option for our family size is it worth spending the money for it?

    Ragena:

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip, and thanks for coming to the Mom's Panel!

    Without knowing your accommodations and whether you'll have a kitchen, I'd say to seriously consider the Basic Dining Plan for your family, and then ask yourself:
    • Do we want to experience several Character Meals? If yes, one Character meal can pay for a child's entire plan for the day.
    • Would we like a table-service meal that will allow us to sit, relax, and create memories for the family around a fun dining experience? If yes, the Basic Dining Plan will help you save up to 40% according to Disney over paying out-of-pocket from the menu.
    • Will I stick to the dining plan, and therefore, my up-front budget? If yes, you won't have hidden food costs that pinch your souvenir budget--everyone needs a pair of Mickey ears!
    In my opinion, the deluxe plan includes a lot of food, especially if you have children. The Quick Service plan doesn't add up to the value of the Basic plan.

    If you'd like to do a little more research on the menus and cost, visit www.allears.net and click on Dining. You'll find menus--and prices--for most WDW dining locations!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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