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  • On Jan 7, 2017
    Karen from OH Asked

    1) We've added totals for NOT doing the Disney Dining Plan & seems to save our family about $400. Any other pros/cons to the meal plan??

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for bringing another question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Clearly, you have done your homework. We always do a dining plan. For my family, it takes some of the worry away from budgeting for meals. We use it to take advantage of character and signature meals that we would not normally purchase. So, for example, on our last visit, we purchased the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. With this plan, each guest over age three receives three meals and two snacks per day along with a refillable drink mug. It made sense for our family because we wanted to eat at Cinderella's Royal Table and the California Grill which both require two table service credits per guest. We also enjoyed meals at the Crystal Palace, Chef Mickey's and Hollywood & Vine along with a host of other fantastic restaurants. Although we have used the Disney Dining Plan in the past, we found the Deluxe Plan works best for our family. Our girls are ten years old now and can eat, so we get our money's worth!

    I would add that snacks can be expensive at the parks, so part of the dining plan value comes with the ability to use those snacks. For us, part of the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation comes with the dining experiences. So we have learned to eat like royalty while on the dining plan! 

    If you decide to do the Deluxe Dining Plan and use it to eat more table service meals, remember to estimate the additional tip costs for the Cast Members who serve you.

    Keep thinking and remember to make your Dining Reservations 180 days in advance. Character meals fill quickly!

    -Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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