• On Jun 6, 2018
    Saci from TN 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.

    Hi there! 6 adults, 2 five year olds and a 2 year old going to Disney World in March. Honest opinions on purchasing Quick Service Dining Plan or going without Dining Plan for our trip? Any help appreciated!

    Hi Staci,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am happy to provide some advice about purchasing one of the Disney Dining Plans for your upcoming vacation!

    Given the ages of your children, I would actually purchase the Disney Dining Plan so that you can get table-service entitlements and enjoy a few character meal experiences. We love character meals because each character comes to the table to interact with us, sign autographs and pose for pictures! Although the Disney Dining Plan may seem expensive, it actually gives me a good estimation of how much we will spend on food. With little ones, we stay on property and dine at Disney restaurants. I simply do not want to take time away from the parks to leave and find somewhere else to eat!

    Prior to each of our trips, I actually map out where we would like to dine for each meal based on what park we will visit for the day. Then I check the restaurant menus or, if it is a buffet, I call 407-939-1947 to get pricing for the dates of our visit. As an example, here is the Coral Reef Restaurant dinner menu. I use this information to estimate our food prices for the trip then I compare that estimation to the cost of a dining plan. Be sure to calculate your dining plan meal entitlements based on nights of stay. Remember also that drinks are included in the dining plan - we typically paid for them separately when we did not have a dining plan. If you get the Disney Dining Plan for a six-night stay, each member of your party 3-years old and over would receive 6 quick-service meal entitlements and 6 table-service meal entitlements plus 12 snack entitlements.

    Staci, although the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan is a good option, I suggest that you consider the Disney Dining Plan. You will enjoy those table-service meals!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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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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