• On Dec 4, 2018
    Dennis from MO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have 9 adults and 5 children going to Disney World, and the Disney Dining plan appears a high, is it worth the cost?

    Hi Dennis,
    Welcome back! I am excited that you are considering one of the Disney Dining Plans

    My family prefers to use a dining plan for a few reasons - 1) It gives me a clear estimation of our food expenses for the trip, 2) Dining plans include drinks with meals, two snacks per night of stay and a resort refillable mug, 3) We prefer to eat two or three meals per night and 4) We can use our table-service meal entitlements for character dining experiences. 

    To determine the value of a dining plan, first, I decide which restaurants we plan to experience. Then, I check the restaurant web page to see 1) If it accepts dining plans, 2) If it does accept dining plans, the number of meal entitlements required and 3) Menu prices. To check to see if a restaurant accepts dining plans, go to the restaurant's home page and look for a link that says "Some Dining Plans Accepted." Once you click on that link, a pop-up menu should appear that lets you know which dining plans are accepted and how many meal entitlements are required. Also, from the home page, look for a link that says "View Menu." Once you click on that link, select the menu you prefer. Remember that drinks are typically priced separately when not using a dining plan. To obtain pricing for buffet or family style meals, call to speak with a cast member in Dining at 407-939-1947.

    Dennis, once I have that information, I create a chart of our dining plans with estimated costs next to each meal and I include snack costs (estimated at $7 per snack). I also estimate that we will refill our resort mugs at least three times per day. I calculate that at $4 per refill. I compare that total cost to the cost of the dining plan. We always dine at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast. That meal has been more than $200 for our family of four (with two tweens)!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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