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  • On Jan 25, 2012
    Jackie from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Amanda, We visited Disneyland recently over Christmas and New Year's Eve, stayed at the Paradise Pier through DVC points and really enjoyed our vacation. We missed being on a Dining Plan, do they have an extensive one at Disneyland as they do in WDW?

    Hi Jackie! Disneyland does offer a Dining Plan, but it is structured very differently, and is meant to be more of a system of convenience rather than a system of value or savings.

    The Dine in the Magic Plan is available to Disneyland Resort Hotel guests who have booked a complete vacation package. This is a voucher system and the price is determined by the number of days in your package.  Each guest will be given a voucher booklet of coupons.  The length of stay will determine the breakdown, but each guest will receive snack coupons, table service coupons, and premium meal coupons. The coupons have both a cash value as well as a "per meal" value, but it breaks down to be the same as what you would pay out of pocket, so there is really no savings. For example:

    Minnie's 4-Day Dine In The Magic Plan
    Adult/Junior $219.00 ~ Child (ages 3-9) $132.00. With this plan, each guest receives:
    *Adult (10 and up)
    3-Character Dining vouchers
    1-Premium Dining voucher
    4-$15 Dining certificate
    4-Snack Vouchers

    Character Dining vouchers may be used at Minnie & Friends Breakfast, PCH Grill Surf's Up Breakfast, Chip and Dale's Critter Breakfast. They have a cash value of $33 adult / $17 child which is the price for each of these buffets including tip. You are permitted to pool them together as cash at a table service restaurant so you may save a few dollars this way depending on what you order. Premium Character Dining vouchers break down to $40 adult / $21 child and can be used at Goofy's Kitchen and Ariel's Grotto as well as other table service locations, for the cash value. I think it really all comes down to convenience here, rather than savings.  If it helps for you to pre-budget and have your meals paid for before arrival, then it's a no brainer!  It's really a matter of preference for your family!
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