• On Jul 16, 2017
    Virginia from IN 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.

    First time to Disney. Single mom 3 kids 11,14,16. Should I purchase a dinner plan? $75 per person per day is pricey for me. I can spend that much on all four of us in a single day. Is it possible to purchase only two dinner plans? Thanks GK

    Dear Virginia,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about the Disney Dining Plan

    I totally understand being on a tight budget while at the Walt Disney World Resort, and my family has traveled there on a wide variety of budgets and we have made it work at many different price points.

    If you would like to save money, the Disney Dining Plan may not be the right choice for your family. Some of my money-saving recommendations for meals while at Walt Disney World are:

    1) Free tap water is available at all Quick-Service and Table-Service restaurants, saving you money buying sodas and juices.

    2) There are many Quick-Service restaurants that have large portion sizes, such as Flame Tree Barbeque in Disney's Animal Kingdom, where two people can eat well on one serving of the ribs and chicken, for example. There are many other restaurants that have options like that as well. Alternatively, adults can also buy child meals at Quick-Service restaurants. 

    3) Bring your own snacks into the parks.

    4) Bring peanut butter, jelly, and bread (or whatever your family prefers), and eat that for breakfast in your room before leaving in the morning. 

    These are just a few of the ways that my family saves a huge amount of money while at Walt Disney World. This frees up some of our budget for a souvenir or another splurge that we would prefer.

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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