• On Apr 26, 2018
    Mary from PA 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.

    We are going to Disney in October and we are trying to decide about getting a meal plan. What is your opinion on getting the dining plan or just paying for your meals? We usually do one table service meal a day, either a character breakfast or nice dinner.

    Hi, there!

     Mary, I'm so excited to hear about your upcoming vacation. Pennsylvania is certainly pretty in October, but the Walt Disney World Resort is positively magical in the Fall

     My family loves the Disney Dining Plan. We've found it to be super convenient and flexible! We find a lot of value in the Disney Dining Plan when we book Character Dining Experiences, which can be a bit expensive out-of-pocket. If you typically enjoy one nice Table-Service meal a day, I think it's a good fit for your family! New this year, Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty drinks, and for Guests 21 and older, alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails. This recent change has added even more value to the Disney Dining Plan! My husband and I decided not to purchase the Disney Dining Plan during our last visit, and we immediately regretted it. We found that without it, we were fixating on menu prices and holding back from splurging on some of our favorite Disney treats. We decided that for future visits, we'd prefer the freedom we feel with the Disney Dining Plan over feeling restricted by paying out-of-pocket for every item. 

     I hope this was helpful. I love chatting about the Walt Disney World Resort and FOOD, so please let me know if you have any other questions! 

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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