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  • On Feb 22, 2012
    Robert 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.

    My family and I (2 adults and 2 kids.. 2years & 5 years old) are headed to Disney in June. We are not big eaters such as breakfast, lunch & dinner and we are weighing our option on purchasing a dining plan. I would appreciate any suggestions.

    Hi Robert!  There are definitely pros and cons when talking about the dining plans offered at Walt Disney World.  I personally do not use them as we don't want to always be worried about credits and how to use them during our vacations. I think we enjoy eating so much that when we want to eat we just do it wherever our tastes direct us!

    The pros are certainly that you have your vacation paid for in advance.  When you come you are only needing the spending money for the incidentals and souvenirs. You are able to choose just about any restaurant on property and you don't get a separate menu to order from.

    The cons include that you must keep track of credits whether it be for the meals or the snacks. Now this isn't really that hard but if you have a larger family with many kids this can be interesting when trying to make everyone happy.  Some restaurants require two dining credits so you can use them up faster then you are staying for vacation.

    Many suggest you get the Quick Service dining plan when you are not a family of big eaters but I disagree as I feel it is important that once a day a family sits down for a meal at a Table Service restaurant to just release stress and rest.  Our own family only makes one dining reservation a day at most. Breakfast is on the go and fast and easy and we just snack for the other meal during the day or evening.  If you have a picky eater it is sometimes hard to see food go to waste on the dining plans.

    I would only get the dining plan for your family if you feel having the vacation paid for in advance would work best for you. If not then just look over the restaurants on property and choose a couple to make an advanced dining reservation for and then hit up the great quick service spots for the rest of the time.
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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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