Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 21, 2010
    Amanda 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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    Hello DMP, I was wondering, which is the better deal? Getting the free dining package with a regular room rate, or getting the meal package added to a 40% off room offer? Thinking about a value or moderate room.

    Hi Amanda! What an astute question! I think a lot of  people hear the word "free" and assume you can't get a better deal than that, but you're right that sometimes a discounted room rate can save you more money than the free dining package. In general, free dining is a better deal than a discounted room rate at the value and moderate resorts. However, at a deluxe resort, an offer for 40% off the room rates usually saves you more money than paying rack rates with free dining. Of course, the only way to know for sure which deal works best for you is to crunch the numbers: price out your vacation both ways taking into account the particular resort at which you want to stay and the number of adults and children in your party. Since you mentioned you're thinking about a value or moderate room, you'll likely find that the free dining offer is best for you.

    Hope this helps! Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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