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  • On Nov 6, 2021
    Greg from TN Asked

    Considering a trip to Disney Orlando for March 2022. Our first trip in 2019 meal plans were available. Seeing the actual cost of dining on our previous trip we are reluctant to book now knowing meal plans are unavailable. Will they be offered? Family of 4.

    Welcome to planDisney, Greg! A fellow fan of Disney Dining Plans here, and I, too, miss purchasing a Dining Plan to budget for our meals in advance. I have made a few trips to Walt Disney World without the Dining Plan, so let me offer you some tricks and tips that I have discovered to help budget for some incredible dining experiences during your Walt Disney World vacation.

    The Dining: Know Before You Go page states, “At this time, Disney Dining Plans are not available.” “Check back soon for more information.” I hope the use of the word soon means we will see the return of Dining Plans “real soon!” Until Disney announces that Dining Plans have returned, or we receive a date when we can expect Dining Plans to be available again, I highly recommend purchasing Disney Gift Cards. You can buy  Disney Gift Cards in increments, setting them aside to either use for dining while on vacation in Walt Disney World or to pay to add the Dining Plan to your vacation package if it becomes available before your vacation in March 2022. To create a budget for meals, I look at the menus of the restaurants we would like to dine in and come up with an approximation of how much a meal would be. I factor in other costs, such as snacks and beverages throughout the vacation. It becomes my goal to purchase Disney Gift Cards until I reach that amount.

    I hope this information helps you feel confident about booking a vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth next spring! I hope we see the Dining Plans return before then, but if not, feel confident that you can budget in advance by purchasing Disney Gift Cards.

    -Angie
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Florida

Hi! I'm Angie, an Air Force wife from The Sunshine State! I am so happy to share my love and passion for travel, Disney vacation planning, and the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Membership. My family and I have been enjoying our Vacation Club Membership since 2012 and have discovered a whole new world by taking incredible Walt Disney World vacations, cruises on Disney Cruise Line, and have even made a trip to Disneyland Paris. I would love to help you experience the most magical vacation possible!  Learn More About Angie

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