• On Apr 8, 2011
    Arlet 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.

    I will be attending walt disney world in the summer with my familly iam not sure if i should include the dining plan in my package.. should I??? or am i better off purchasing there??

    Hi Arlet!

    Some guests save a lot of money by being on a Disney Dining Plan while other guests only save a little bit of money or save nothing at all; some guests might actually spend more money being on a Dining Plan.  It really depends on how your family dines and what choice you will make in the various restaurants at Walt Disney World.

    I recommend thinking about how many Table Service (full service) and Quick Service (like fast food) restaurants you will be visiting each day.  Then look at the various menus and decide what you think your family would order.  Then do the math to determine if being on a Disney Dining Plan works best for your family.  A great place to find the menus is at the independent site AllEars.Net.  They do a great job keeping their menus up to date.

    By the way, some guests really like the idea of having their dining paid for up front via a Dining Plan, regardless of whether they save money or not.  They just like the idea of having their vacation totally paid for being going.  Just something to consider!

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!.
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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