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  • On Jan 5, 2012
    Christina from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Would it be better to get a room with kitchen and bring breakfast and lunch items? These dining plans are high. If I don't get dining plan which is $500-600, would I really spend this out of my pocket without dining plan for 4 days? There are 4 of us.

    Depending on where you choose to eat, Christina, you could very well spend that amount of money on meals for a family of four.  The good news, however, is that you don't have to.  And you may not even need that room with a kitchen (which would be costly).  Here's the scoop: Disney's moderate and deluxe resorts offer mini-refrigerators in the standard rooms.  My family likes to store milk, juice, and bottled water in ours.  To save money on food, we typically eat breakfast (dry granola, cereal bars, applesauce, fruit) in our room before heading out to the parks for the day.  Another money-saving tip is to take snack items (jerky, dried fruit, crackers) into the park with you and eat those instead of spending significantly more on theme park treats.  Depending upon your budget, you might opt for counter-service meals for both lunch and dinner, as that will save you money over eating at a table-service location.  My recommendation to you would be to Google the search term "all ears menus".  Doing so should yield you results for a website that includes menus (with pricing) for all of Walt Disney World's restaurants.  From there, you can put together an estimate of what your family might spend on food during your vacation.  That way, you'll know whether the dining plan is worth it for your family.  Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Arizona

If you're looking to plan a trip for a large party or if your group includes special needs travelers, you've come to the right mom! I'm a southeastern Arizona girl, eager to help you plan the most magical trip you'll ever take.  Learn More About Darcie

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