• On May 23, 2018
    Maryann from PA 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.

    Hello Moms, My daughter, son-in-law, 3 grandchildren (8,7,5)myself and other grandmom will be visiting Oct. 17- Oct 24. Staying on site. We are trying to decide whether the Dining plan would be a good idea. Some ADR made ( BOG/chef M)Kids not great eaters

    Hi MaryAnn,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I adore multi-generational family trips!

    I would definitely do the Disney Dining Plan even if your grandchildren are not the best eaters. Food can be unpredictably expensive at the Walt Disney World Resort. Each time we visit and plan to use one of the Disney Dining Plans, I estimate the cost of our meals without the plan and compare that to the price of the dining plan. To estimate costs, I map out the restaurants we plan to visit during our trip, then I check prices using menus when those are available. We typically dine at Be Our Guest for breakfast, for example. The breakfast menu currently includes prices. Since buffet restaurants typically do not post prices, I always call and speak to a cast member in dining at 407-939-1947 to obtain those prices during the dates of our trip.

    When I do my food cost estimation, I also estimate the costs of two snacks per person per night of stay (at about $5 per snack) and drink costs. Without a dining plan, we have paid for drinks separately. We love the refillable mugs that come with the dining plan. When I have factored in the costs of entrees, snacks, drinks, and desserts (on the Disney Dining Plan, desserts come with table-service meals at lunch or dinner), a dining plan has always saved us money.

    MaryAnn, remember that the total number of meals and snack entitlements you will receive is based on the number of nights of your trip. If you are staying for six nights, each guest 3-years old and over on the Disney Dining Plan will receive six quick-service and six table-service meal entitlements plus 12 snacks for the entire trip. You can use them in the order you choose!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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