EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Mar 2, 2012
    Diane from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are bring our three children who are 15,13,& 12. We are going to camp, but we are wondering if we should get the a meal plan for the days we are in the park and what would you recommend? Can they be used for a special dinner?

    Hi Diane,

    A colleague of mine who plans to camp at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground this summer just asked me a very similar question.  I suggested that he and his family use the Disney Dining Plan during his stay because it is a great way to save money on food while vacationing at Walt Disney World. 

    If you plan to book have an average of one table service meal per day during your vacation, I think the basic Disney Dining Plan (which includes one table service credit, one quick service credit, and one snack credit per person each day) is a smart option.  You can combine two of your table service credits if you wish to have a signature dining experience during your stay.  Meals at these restaurants are typically quite spectacular and will likely be a highlight of your trip.  These meals should be booked in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

    There are a few things to keep in mind about the Disney Dining Plan before you book.  You must be a guest at a Disney-owned resort to participate in the plan.  You must also purchase theme park tickets as part of a vacation package to be eligible to add the Disney Dining Plan.  You do not have the option to add the Disney Dining Plan on some days but not others.  For instance, if you are staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for seven nights, you must add the Disney Dining Plan for that entire time or not at all.  You can't simply add it for four or five days during your stay.  I'm hoping this information will help your family make the best decision regarding whether the Disney Dining Plan will be right for you.  Just post a follow-up question if you need any additional advice.  We'd be happy to assist you.

    Best wishes,

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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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