• On Sep 5, 2016
    Jenny from NY 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 of 4 (2adults, 5year old, and 2 year old) are planning our first trip to Disney World in March. We are staying on resort and trying to decide whether or not to get a dining plan. I would love to hear any pros/cons or recommendations. Thanks

    Hi, Jenny!
    I'm thrilled you're planning your first visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    My family of four has used the Disney Dining Plan a number of times and there are some important pros and cons that I'm happy to share from our experience. 

    In the "pro" department, I love the dining plan because it gives us the ability to pre-pay most of our food *before* we get to the parks. That means we know we can pick some of the more expensive Table Service restaurants and know we paid for most of the expense.

    On the "con" side, you have to pay your waiter or waitress's tip even if you're on the dining plan. That means that if you ate a really expensive Table Service meal, your tip can cost as much as a Quick Service meal. Also, our dining plan meals include a lot of food. And when I mean a lot, I mean even Quick Service meals can include more food than you may need. I have said to my husband that the dining plan sometimes feels like a cruise experience: Every meal is A LOT of food. It's yummy food. But you feel really full. 

    I hope that adds a little extra perspective to the Disney Dining Plan experience. There are times when the Quick Service plan is free as a part of vacation packages. You can snag that deal and upgrade it to a more deluxe dining plan. That deal helps make the plan even more worthwhile!

    Have fun planning your first visit. Please let me know if I can help with anything else. A first visit is SO exciting!

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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Missouri

I’m a mom, wife and goldendoodle dog owner who is not afraid to ride a fast roller coaster again and again. I love to travel - which is good since I telework with a job in Washington, DC. I’ve visited Disneyland and Walt Disney World multiple times and it’s fed into my belief that you’re never too old to have fun. I run when I can and recently earned my runDisney Coast to Coast medal! I also love photography and founded an online special needs community. Learn More About Jen

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