• On Jun 29, 2016
    Beth from MI 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 always do the dining plan but this trip has us arriving late at night & leaving the last day in the morning & those 2 days count as part of the plan. Trying to figure out if we are better off just paying for meals. I do not care about snacks

    Hey, Beth!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I am so glad you asked this question to help prepare for your magical vacation next April. You will have a blast!

    Personally, I do not purchase a Disney Dining Plan for short trips, for trips where when may not be eating on-property or if I want to save money to use towards a better Resort hotel or souvenirs. In your case eliminating the snacks is a big savings pushing you toward paying out-of-pocket. I would encourage you to evaluate two ideas before purchasing a Disney Dining Plan if you are going to have leftover dining credits due to your arrival and departure times.

    1. Will we want to dine with Disney Characters each day?
    2. Will we want to experience Signature Restaurants/Dinner Shows?

    If "yes" is an answer to these questions then a Disney Dining Plan may be worth it because they are the most expensive dining experiences. Remember, multiple Dining Plan entitlements may be used during one day. You could bank a couple of table service meal credits to use for dinner shows such as Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show or Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue which are a highlight of any trip.

    Disney Dad Tip: All Walt Disney World Resort restaurants have online menus. If you want to see the dollar for dollar then pull up the menus and calculate the out-of-pocket cost for two Guests for one day and compare. This should help you decide.

    Beth, enjoy making many Magical Memories!

    ~Jason °O°
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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