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  • On Nov 8, 2011
    Deborah from IL Asked

    Relating to the dining plan, can you please tell me how much it costs per adult and per child? I'm trying to determine if we should use the plan or pay out of pocket. Thank you!

    Hi Deborah,

    We used the standard Disney Dining Plan this summer and carefully kept track of our dining costs, and in the end we saved over $200 (yea!).  The cost of this plan does vary by dates, but basically it is $45.99/47.99 per night per adult (ages 10 and up) while it is $11.99/$12.99 per night per child (ages 3-9). 

    Prior to our arrival (and even before I made our dining reservations 180 days out), I had studied the menus of the table service restaurants available here to study which ones we would get the most of our dollar from -- even going so far as having each family member place a pretend order to really getting a picture of our costs (www.allearsnet.com also has menus available, including counter service restaurants). You could do this to get an idea if the plan would be a worthwhile investment for you.  You may also want to ask yourself how often you'd like an appetizer (not included) and do you want a dessert twice a day (included with lunch/dinner)?

    From a budgeting perspective, it did helps us tremendously to have already paid for our food; we only needed to pay for gratuities.  I also enjoyed not having to think about the prices of menu items when ordering, since we are often pretty frugal with our choices.  

    Thank you for visiting the Moms Panel; please let us know if we can help again. 
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I’m a middle-school teacher with a family of 3 sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Geek who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.

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