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  • On Mar 29, 2011
    Larisa from TX Asked

    if splitting stay btwn 2 resorts, how does it work with tickets and dining plan, do you have to purchase for each resort, or does it transfer. Wanting to try 2 resorts this trip, but dont want to have to pay tickets twice in order to get the dining plan

    Hi Larisa! Splitting your stay between two resorts is a fun way to experience different areas of Disney World, but you've hit upon the main drawback of a split stay.  At your first resort, you can purchase park tickets to cover your entire stay at both resorts, but you can purchase the dining plan only for the number of nights you're staying at the first resort. Your dining plan credits must be used by midnight of the day you check out of the first resort.
     
    Unless you're an annual passholder, in order to purchase the dining plan at the second resort, you must buy park tickets for everyone in your party. You could purchase just a one-day ticket, but you're probably aware that with Disney park tickets "the longer you play, the less you pay per day." The one-day ticket is the most expensive, and with every day you add, the price per day decreases, so that after the fourth day, you're paying only a few dollars more to add days to your ticket.
     
    You'll need to do some number-crunching to determine whether purchasing the dining plan at both resorts would be cost-effective. You'll likely find that it is cheaper to purchase park tickets for your whole stay on the first resort reservation, rather than paying for shorter-term tickets at each resort.  The question then becomes whether it's worth it to buy a one-day ticket for everyone in your party at the second resort so that you can add the dining plan. If you think the savings you'll have on the dining plan will outweigh the cost of the additional tickets, it would be worthwhile. In my experience, however, it generally isn't cost effective, and if you want the Dining Plan for your entire vacation, you're better off with one resort. When my family splits our stays, we generally don't buy the Dining Plan.

    Hope this helps! 
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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