• On Jan 1, 2018
    Scott from CT 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 again Trying to figure out if the dining plan will be a better deal. We are only eating at 5 of the higher end restaurants in 8 days. The rest of the time, we are just going to wing it. It's Just Dad and Daughter. Would appreciate any help.

    Hi Scott,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I love that you all are doing a Daddy and Daughter trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    My family always gets a dining plan and it is worth it for us. With table-service restaurants, we make reservations to avoid waiting in long lines for food, we eat in lovely air-conditioned restaurants (in the summer, this is priceless) and we enjoy good food! We also use the dining plan to eat at signature restaurants. If by high-end you mean signature restaurants, I definitely think the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan is worth it. With the Deluxe Dining Plan, each of you will get three meals and two snacks per night of stay along with a resort-refillable mug. Since signature restaurants typically require two table-service meal credits, the deluxe dining plan has given us enough credits to enjoy at least two signature restaurants per visit. There are also nice table-service restaurants that only require one table-service meal credit per person. If you do not plan to eat at signature restaurants, the Disney Dining Plan should work for you!

    To determine how many meal credits a restaurants requires, simply go to the web page for that restaurant and click on the link that says "Some Dining Plans Accepted." You should then see a a pop-up chart that indicates the number of meal credits required. We always check the number of required meal credits before making dining reservations. Remember also that the resort refillable mugs are included on the dining plan. Our girls love to take them to a refillable drink station while we are at the pool or just in the room!

    Scott, as you consider the value of the dining plans, I also suggest that you check restaurant menus of the places you plan to visit. Just go to the restaurant website and click on "View Menu."

    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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