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  • On Nov 27, 2012
    Michelle from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Darcie!. Part of my Q cut off & I was wondering if u thought the Tables n WL card would be woth getting over the dining plan. We r passholders this yr, but have never been to wdw w/out being on ddp. Luv convience of it, but want to save most $$.

    That is such a great question, Michelle.  Unfortunately, the answer is totally dependent upon your family's eating habits.  In my experience, the dining plan does indeed offer convenience.  With that said, though, we've only used the Disney Dining Plan as a free add-on when we travel during value season.  When it's free, it's definitely a great deal!  The nice thing about the Tables in Wonderland program is that it discounts that which you'd order anyway whereas guests on the dining plan maybe wouldn't necessarily order dessert and a drink at every meal.  I like that Tables in Wonderland allows guests the freedom to order whatever they feel like eating (or drinking--the discount is good on alcohol, too) and still see a savings.  My personal preference is for the Tables in Wonderland card, but mostly because I enjoy the freedom of ordering what I want to.  Perhaps it would be helpful for you to sketch out a rough itinerary with your restaurants of choice.  From there, take a look at the menus and take a stab at what you might order.  Some simple math would give you a fairly accurate estimate of which route would be the better value for your family.  Good luck with your decision!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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