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  • On Feb 23, 2014
    Jamie from ID 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.

    On average, how much money does the Disney Dining plan save a family of four (2A2C, age 8 and 3)? With my 3 year old, I'm afraid it wouldn't be worth it. Experience set aside, budget top priority... is it worth it?

    Hi Jamie,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! While I love the Disney Dining plan, it isn't always the most frugal way to dine at Walt Disney World.  Now that my children are teenagers and have bigger appetites, we get more value out of the dining plan. We do always have credits left over which makes me feel like I've wasted part of my budget. I don't usually consider purchasing a dining plan unless it is a part of a Free Dining promotion. And to be honest, I always check to see if I can find a better deal with a room discount.

    The Disney Dining plans are certainly convenient, and there are plenty of incredible places to dine at the parks and resorts. However, if budget is your top priority, I have another suggestion for you. You might want to look at the restaurant menus to get an idea of how much your family would spend on meals. You could then purchase a Disney Gift Card and put the amount of your personal dining budget on it. If you underestimate you could add to the Gift Card and if you overestimate you can use the balance to buy a souvenir. Or start saving for your next trip! 

    Please let me know if I can help with any other questions!
    Wishing you a magical vacation,
    Amy H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hey, Howdy, Hey! I'm Amy H. and I have been a fan of Walt Disney World since my first visit during the Magic Kingdom Park's opening year. I'm married to my favorite person in the world and since our son and daughter are in college, we have been enjoying more spur of the moment trips to the Most Magical Place on Earth. No matter the ages or size of your traveling party, I'd love to help plan you plan a magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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