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  • On Aug 15, 2015
    Joshua from MA 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 three, two adults and a six year old are going to Disney this September we have a Magic your way package and we be will staying seven days six nights. We do not have a dining plan so how much money should we bring for all three meals?

    Hi, Joshua. Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    When my family visits the Walt Disney World resort, we occasionally do so without the Disney Dining Plan. We save money to bring specifically for meals, so we certainly need to budget for this. To get an idea of a food budget for your family, you may view the online menus that are available. Select the Quick-Service locations you would like to try and the Table-Service restaurants you may already have Advanced Dining Reservations for. You can anticipate the meals your family would order and calculate an average of what you would typically spend at each meal. Prices are subject to change, but this is a great way to get an idea of the pricing.

    When I did this for our last trip, I ended up over estimating a bit as I had forgotten exactly how large the portions were. Since we were not using the Disney Dining Plan and were paying for our meals out of pocket, we would share meals at times or some days we would eat a larger breakfast and snacked our way through the rest of the day.

    You also may want to look into bringing groceries to keep in your hotel room or ordering them from an online grocery delivery service such as We typically order breakfast items, snacks, and bottled water. You may bring your own bottled water into the Theme Parks, which will save you a bit of money.

    Wishing you and your family a magical vacation, Joshua!


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Meet the Panelist: Rachel, Wisconsin

Hi, I’m Rachel! I am a “boy mom” to two rowdy little men at home and married to my high school sweetheart. I am fortunate enough that my prince charming loves all things Disney just as much as I do! For me, planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be just as magical as being there. It brings our family together as we dream, plan, and count down the days. I would be honored to help plan your visit and share in your family’s very own magic! Learn More About Rachel

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