Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 27, 2013
    Robyn 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.

    Is the dining plan truly a money saver? What if your family doesn't eat 3 square meals a day, do you feel like it is worth the expense? buy the plan for only certain members in your party, if the others may be separated from us at those times due to ages?

    Hi, Robyn!

    If your family enjoys one table service meal plus one quick service meal each day, then the Disney Dining Plan is worth it.  I especially like it when we have buffets such as Chef Mickey's planned.  While I do not always want to pay $40 or more per person for a buffet, I feel much more comfortable doing it when I can simply use a dining credit to pay for it!  

    Another reason I like the Disney Dining Plan is that dessert is included with your lunch or dinner.  Normally, I will not splurge (with the money or calories) on a dessert, but with it being included, I go for it! And boy am I a sucker for chocolate cake or cookies and cream ice cream!

    Do not worry if your family does not dine together.  The dining credits are on each guest's Key to the World card so everyone can eat when/where they please.  Your remaining credits will show up at the bottom of your receipt after each meal.  Also, credits can be used however you wish.  If you just do 2 quick service meals one day, you might want to do a Signature Dining location or Dinner show the next day that uses two table service credits.  Flexible as can be!

    Please note that everyone staying in your room on your reservation must have the same Dining Plan, so if one gets, everyone must participate.  If you are two families on two reservations, each family can do their own thing. 

    I hope this helps! If you have other questions, just let us know. If there is one thing the Moms love, it is enjoying the great restaurants in WDW!
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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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