Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Dec 27, 2012
    Jennifer from BC 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.

    I am considering the dining plan (1ts, 1cs,1snack), it is pricy for 3 adults! Are there any hidden costs? Tipping servers? Tax on food? I have read the WDW info, but are there additional out of pocket costs other than ordering additional food items?

    Hi, Jennifer!

    There are additional costs to the Disney Dining Plan:  tips and taxes are NOT included.   While the dining plan is not cheap, it does save you money if you plan ahead and use your dining credits wisely.  Let me give you an example:

    Lunch at Cosmic Rays with Rotisserie Chicken, sides, large drink, chocolate cake:  approximately $21.00

    Dinner buffet at Chef Mickey's:  approximately $43

    Snack:  Root Beer float with vanilla ice cream:  approximately $4.50

    Add to that the refillable mug for use at your resort, and it really is not a bad deal at all!  Now each meal would not be this price, and all prices are subject to change, but if you plan ahead for your meals and make your Dining Reservations, the Dining Plan can really pay off!

    If you are not a big eater and eat just one big meal a day, then you might be better off paying out of pocket.  But, if you plan on at least one table service meal per day or enjoy buffets, you might want to consider adding it on.  
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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