Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 8, 2008
    Cynthia from CA 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.

    Which would be the best bargain~~~buying travel packages that include meals or not~~~I'll be traveling with 3 kids 6-16, one of whom is a very picky eater. I'm 62 and pretty healthy and not particular but don't eat fried food.

    I wish I could say there is an easy answer for your question, but unfortunately there really isn't.  If you ask 10 families how they feel about the Disney Dining Plan you're likely to get 10 different responses.  In my opinion, it depends on how your family likes to eat, and how you like to travel.  Some points to consider:

    -Are you big eaters?  If you don't normally eat much, or don't have an appreciation for nice sit-down meals and would be content with a sandwich on the go then you may want to forgo it.  The plan holds value when you want to eat a table service meal every day (this includes character meals).  If you are not the type of family that would normally sit down to a big meal, then the plan could end up costing you more than paying cash as you go for counter service dining.

    -Are you big schedulers?  If you are a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda gal, then you may not enjoy the dining plan.  Spontaneity is very hard to work with, as your table service meals really need to be planned out in advance.

    For our family of food lovers and a mom that loves to iron out the details, the dining plan is a perfect fit.  I love having our meals pre-paid and pre-arranged, so on our vacation I have no worries about a wallet or a reservation to make - it's all in my handy little daily itinerary.

    The best way I personally know to make that decision is to do a little research.  Review the dining section of the Disney website and decide what meals your family would like to experience, then visit and read the menus section.  They have complete menus and pricing for all restaurants on Disney property.  Use that to get an idea of what you would be spending per day.  If it's more than what the dining plan costs (as ours is), then you've found your bargain - reserve the plan and enjoy!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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