• On Jun 10, 2019
    Marcella from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Is the dining plan worth the money?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Marcella!

    This is a great question, and the answer really depends on your family. When my husband and I travel to Walt Disney World Resort, we use the Disney Dining Plan almost every time we go because we love to try all the different meals and snacks that are on offer and we find that we really do save money when we purchase it. If you're the kind of person who likes to do a little bit of advanced planning and wants to try things beyond the classic burgers, hot dogs, and Mickey Mouse pretzels, then you might find that the Dining Plan will work really well for you too.

    The Dining Plan will be worth it for your family if you make a plan for how you're going to use all of the credits. A snack credit can get you a bottle of water or a soda from a Quick-Service dining location, but it can also get you Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Shrimp and Sweet Chili Sauce from Eight Spoon Café at Disney's Animal Kingdom. You can always grab some Mickey Waffles at the Quick-Service dining location at your Resort Hotel, or you can use that Quick-Service credit to have breakfast or lunch inside the Beast's enchanted castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park. The Disney Dining Plan is also a great value if you'd like to do a lot of Character Dining, like breakfast at 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, or dinner at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot, both of which are only one Table-Service credit per person.

    So to answer your question one more time, if you think that the amount of food you get on the Dining Plan works well for your family and you can see yourself making the most of those Table-Service, Quick-Service, and Snack credits, then I think the Dining Plan is definitely worth the money.

    Happy Snacking, Marcella!

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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