Mom And Daughter Vero Beach Poolside
  • On Feb 6, 2015
    Delyte from OH 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 friends and I are all "seniors" (>70), and while we enjoy eating,and have no major health problems,we don't eat as much as when we were younger. Would the dining plan be a reasonable thing for us to do?

    Hi Delyte!

    It sounds like you have a fun group of seniors if you are all headed to the Walt Disney World Resort together. I have every intention of having those kinds of friends in my retirement!

    The Disney Dining Plan may or may not be a good idea for your group. If your main goal is convenience, the Disney Dining Plan is a great option. On the Disney Dining Plan, at each restaurant you would simply need to use your Magic Band to redeem your credits. With a group of friends at a table service restaurant it might be nice to simply use your Magic Band rather than try to divvy up the check between the group. Also, if you plan on eating at a lot of buffets, the Disney Dining Plan can be a good value. Since the price of the buffet is the same no matter what you choose to eat, the Disney Dining Plan is often a good choice for these restaurants.

    If your main priority is value, you think you will be mostly ordering off a menu rather than a buffet, and the members of your party tend to have smaller appetites, the Disney Dining Plan may be too much food. For smaller appetites, a Guest who might like to order an appetizer and dessert rather than an entree will find that the Disney Dining Plan is not a good choice for them. You may also find that at quick services locations two of you may wish to share a meal and simply order an additional drink. If this is something that you would do, I would also think that the Disney Dining Plan is probably not the best value for your party.

    I hope this helps you and your friends decide what will work best for you on your upcoming magical vacation. Remember to make any desired Advance Dining Reservations 180 days prior to your resort check-in for the best availability!

    Have a Disney Day!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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