Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 6, 2013
    Teresa 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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    Andrea answered another person's question on dining - please can you offer your suggestions on how to get the biggest bang for your dining dollar at WDW have Dining Plan. Staying 8N AOA & 4N POR June/July - first trip to Disney - 2A, 1 girl 11, 1 girl

    Hi, Teresa!

    Getting the biggest bang for your Disney Dining dollar is right up my alley, so I am happy to help you do the same.

    First, with the Disney Dining Plan, you should really maximize your purchasing power by reviewing the menus of the restaurants you'd like to sample as soon as possible. Some of the most popular locations book up at 180 days in advance of check-in, so do this sooner rather than later. Check out what menu options you'll have to be sure that everyone can find something that he or she will love as well as the pricing on the menu. Because your DP meals have been prepaid, you can order any entree on the menu at participating locations, regardless of cost. As such, I'd much rather order the Grilled New York Strip Steak ($32.99) at Epcot's Coral Reef Restaurant than a turkey sandwich ($12.99) as my entree, simply because I can do so on the DP.

    On that note, try to book a Fantasmic! Dinner Package at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano. Guests who can snag this great deal AND who use their Disney Dining Package to "pay" for the reservation will each get a complimentary appetizer. When you look at their menu, you'll see why this is such a mouthwatering deal. I just checked to see if any of these packages are still available during your stay (I picked 7/1) and there are some, as of right now. When it's time to view Fantasmic! you'll get to enjoy VIP seating that night, a perk that's also very popular, so grab it if you can!

    Send me another question, if you'd like, about what to keep in your room (food-wise), as well as how to make the most of your Quick-Service and snack entitlements, too. I'd love to help you squeeze every last drop of dining goodness out of your plan, Teresa. Can't wait to help some more!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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