Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 27, 2008
    Jeanette from NJ 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.

    What's best? Disney Dining Plan or Disney Dining Experience? I have the DDE card (annual passholder) but I'm trying to see if it's best to book 2 rooms with the DDP? Can you help?

    Hi Jeanette,

    This is a great question.  I have used both the Disney Dining Experience card and the Disney Dining Plan.  Both have their advantages.

    Since you have the Annual Pass, you need to figure in the cost of the room reserved with a passholder discount vs not having a passholder discount.

    After you figure the room portion, you have to look at the meal side.  The Basic Dining Plan provides you 1 counter service, 1 table service and one snack a day.  The Deluxe provides three meals with either counter or table service and two snacks a day.  As stated in my previous posts, this is a lot of food to eat and could interfere in touring because I know my family would not sit that long for meals.

    However, if you have big eaters or you want to experience a finer quality of restaurants, the Dining Plan would be a benefit.

    Finally, I had a friend who was trying to decide between dining package with no hotel discount or hotel discount and no dining package.  In the end, he had a greater savings going with the hotel discount and he paid for his own meals.

    Enjoy your vacation!
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My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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