• On Mar 5, 2017
    Kristen from NE 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.

    How much does the Disney Dining Plan cost? How much does it save compared to paying cash at restaurants during your visit?

    Hello, Kristen,

    Thank you for sending your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel about the Disney Dining Plan. My family has used it, and we have saved money each time we used it. However, I did a lot of research beforehand and selected restaurants where I thought we'd make the most of our investment.  

    The value of this plan truly comes down to the choices guests make.  For example, at Sleepy Hollow at the Magic Kingdom, a guest could purchase a coffee as a snack, which costs around $2.79, or s/he could select a funnel cake with powdered sugar and cinnamon that costs around $6.49 (all prices subject to change).  The latter choice is a much better use of that guest's investment in the Disney Dining Plan. If you'd like to read more, you can do an internet search for Is the Disney Dining Plan Worthwhile as well as How to Make the Most of the Disney Dining Plan. Many of these articles go into a much more detailed analysis of the Disney Dining Plan and offer advice to make it a good value. I also think it is helpful to see a variety of opinions on it. 

    To see what it would cost you, you can go through the planning process of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package to get a quick estimate of the additional cost. 

    Wishing you a Delightfully Disney Day!  Please let us know if we can help with any further questions. -Kara
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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