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  • On Sep 24, 2019
    Erin from WI Asked

    Is selecting a meal plan really worth the money? I was pricing things out & it doesn't look like it saves any money - actually costs more. Ex, for 2 adults on the QS plan, we would have to spend at least $25/person/meal to make this worthwhile.

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Erin!

    I love using the Disney Dining Plan when I'm on vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, but just like most things in life, it is what you make of it! My family definitely saves money when we use the Dining Plan but we do a little research before we leave, just like you're doing right now, to make sure that it's right for us. Our favorite Dining Plan is the middle tier, the Disney Dining Plan, which includes a Table-Service meal, a Quick-Service meal, and a Snack for each person every day. We find that this version of the Dining Plan gets our family the best value because we're able to use it for unique experiences like Character Dining and Signature Dining, which tend to have a higher price point than other Table-Service meals.

    When you're doing your calculations, don't forget that the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan you're looking at also includes two Snacks per person per day, an alcoholic beverage with each meal for guests over the age of 21, and a refillable travel mug that you can use for soft drinks at your Resort Hotel whenever you want. Those Snacks can really add up, especially since you'll be visiting during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays! You could use that Snack credit for some popcorn or a soda, but you can also use it to get Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce from the American Holiday Table! If you're spending the day at Disney's Animal Kingdom you can have your classic favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and pizza, but you can also get the Ribs, Chicken, and Pulled Pork Sampler from Flame Tree Barbecue for a Quick-Service credit, and that meal rings up around $20 so it's an excellent use of your Dining Plan. I suggest taking a look at some menus and thinking about what your party might want to eat, and then doing some quick calculations to see if the value is there for you!

    I hope this answers your question, Erin, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation.

    Jessica
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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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