• On Jan 27, 2017
    Kara 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.

    Hi! We booked a last minute trip and our travel agent advised us to skip the meal plan as not many reservation options were still available. How can we still save on food?

    Dear Kara,

    Thanks for contacting us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your dining question!

    There are a lot of choices for dining at the Walt Disney World Resort and it can be a bit confusing. The Disney Dining Plan actually has an option for Quick-Service restaurants only, which many people like to get so that they can pre-pay for their meals and not have to worry about paying while on vacation or afterwards. 

    Quick-Service restaurants (with only a few exceptions such as Be Our Guest) do not require reservations and are therefore a great option for those folks who may be booking after many Advanced Dining Reservations are already reserved. Honestly, though, if you look around on My Disney Experience, you may find quite a few Table-Service restaurants that still have reservation availability at a closer date. Many times people change their minds and add or drop reservations, so things do open up!

    Only you know whether your family would prefer a more casual dining experience or would prefer to sit down for more meals, and that will help you determine whether you want the Dining Plan or not (and which dining plan you would want), and whether it's worth it to make Advanced Dining Reservations.

    Have a magical trip and hope that helps!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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