• On Feb 19, 2017
    Beth 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.

    Are the disney dining plans worth it and which do you suggest?

    Hi Beth,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! When we first started purchasing a Dining Plan, I had the same question. Since that time, we have always purchased a dining plan.

    We love using Quick-Service meals for lunch and Table-Service meals for dinner. On the Deluxe Plan, we enjoy more Table-Service restaurants. We use most of our Table-Service Meals for Character Dining. Given the prices for food, the Disney Dining and Deluxe Dining Plans have been a great value for us. You can check the restaurant websites to review the dollar sign estimates and get an idea of the prices or call 407-939-5277 to speak to a Dining Cast Member to get specific pricing for restaurants you plan to visit.

    Our character meals have usually been between $140 and $200 for our family of four. Since the price of the dining plans can change depending on the dates you plan to visit, I cannot offer exact estimates. Once you know how much you would pay to add a dining plan, you can check menus for certain restaurants to get an idea of how much it would cost at each venue. One of our favorite restaurants is 50's Prime Time Café. The Dinner Menu includes prices.

    The two snacks per night and resort refillable mug add value to the plans. In planning one of our trips, I estimated the value of eight snacks per night to be $40 per night for our family of four (at $5 per snack).

    If you really would like a fabulous food experience, would enjoy signature dining or plan to do several character meals, I would suggest the Deluxe Dining Plan. Otherwise, the Disney Dining Plan is a great option.

    Happy Planning!

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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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