• On Aug 3, 2018
    Ashley from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    How much should we allow per person for food a day

    Dear Ashley,

    Thank you so much for visiting us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about planning ahead for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    Dining at Walt Disney World Resort can run a very wide range, budget-wise. My family has had trips where we have been able to keep our costs to around $20 per person per day for meals and then we have had trips where we have splurged a lot more and had a budget closer to $100 per person per day for meals. It's a very personal choice, of course. If you are looking to stay at the lower end of the budget that I mentioned, I recommend purchasing a few groceries to be delivered to your room (or if you're driving in, just bring them yourself in the car). Then, you can have a light breakfast in the room. For lunch, my family found that we could order three adult entrees for the five of us and be perfectly satisfied. Dinner might be a bit larger, but would also be a Quick-Service meal. Drinking water only instead of soft drinks would be a must, and complimentary tap water is available at most Quick-Service dining locations.

    If you would like to spend a bit more, I recommend making a few Advanced Dining Reservations up to 180 days in advance of your check-in date, and you will have some fun themed meals to look forward to! If you are the kind of person who likes to have everything pre-paid, you could also consider the Disney Dining Plan or Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, either of which allows you to pre-pay for your meals so that you don't have to worry about bills after vacation!

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K.
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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