• On Jul 28, 2017
    Leslie from FL 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.

    Dining plans ; is this value?

    Hi Leslie,

    I am personally a huge fan of the Disney Dining Plan, and typically purchase a plan for most of my Disney vacations. I love starting our trips knowing that all of my family's meals, snacks and drinks throughout our stay have already been purchased and will be accessible to us with a simple tap of our MagicBands.

    Disney offers huge flexibility with three different Disney Dining Plans; the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan, and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, depending on whether your family prefers Quick-Service or Table Service dining options.

    Don't forget that all Disney Dining Plans include two snacks per guest 3 years of age and older for each night of your stay as well as a Resort refillable mug which is eligible for unlimited refills of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or fountain drinks from select self-service beverage stations at each Walt Disney World Resort hotel. If you do not have a Disney Dining Plan, the current cost of these mugs are $17.99 each.

    Leslie, whether the Disney Dining Plan will provide value to your family will upon your intended dining styles during your vacation. I therefore recommend that you review the online menus for each Walt Disney World dining location you expect to frequent during your trip and do a rough calculation of what you expect to spend and compare those costs to the Disney Dining Plan best suited to your family's needs. As a general rule, I find that if you have children aged 3-9 years old, and you are planning to do character meals or buffets, you will almost always come out well ahead with the Disney Dining Plan.

    Wishing you a most delicious upcoming Disney vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Trish, Nova Scotia

Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

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