Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 17, 2014
    Mary 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.

    We are headed back to WD Sept. 2015, it is myself and 1 12 yr old. Would you recommend the deluxe dining plan for us? Also if we had a pin for the free dining, can we upgrade? How do we do that? Thank you.

    Hi Mary,

    Welcome Home! I love hearing this greeting every time I return "home".

    I have experienced the Quick Service Dining Plan, the standard Disney Dining Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan on different vacations. While each plan has its advantages, for most of my vacations my favorite plan is the Disney Dining Plan which includes one quick service meal, one table service meal, and one snack per person per day.

    The vacations in which I favor the Quick Service Dining Plan are when they are short (about 3 days) and my goal is to maximize the amount of time I spend in the parks and minimize my time dining in a sit down restaurant. I favor the Deluxe Dining Plan when I want to spend more of my vacation time enjoying sit down table service meals and upscale dining or signature dining which costs 2 dining credits. For most of my vacationing needs however the standard Disney Dining Plan gives me the most flexibility and balances my dining and entertainment needs well.

    Each special offer is subject to its own terms and conditions. In the past I have been able to upgrade the "free dining offer" by paying the difference between the Disney Dining Plan and Deluxe Dining Plan. In order to see if your PIN code or special offer qualifies you should call the Disney Resort Hotel Reservations phone number listed in this link. If you are interested in trying the Deluxe Dining Plan, upgrading a free dining promotion is a great way to see if it fits your vacation style.

    Thank you for your question Mary! Please come back and visit us again here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with any further vacation planning questions.

    Brenda ºOº

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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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