• On Jan 22, 2017
    Kristin from MN 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're heading to WDW after a cruise in April for 4 days. The 3 of us will be staying at Art of Animation, doing only 2 parks in 2 days, relaxing the rest of the time. Is there a dining plan that might benefit us? Do you save money with these?

    Hi Kristin!

    It sounds like the countdown is on for your upcoming sailing on the high seas with Mickey and the gang on Disney Cruise Line…how exciting! While a trip on Disney Cruise Line is special enough on its own, adding a couple days at Walt Disney World Resort after your cruise is sure to make this a vacation to remember!

    When determining whether adding a Disney Dining Plan to your vacation package makes sense for your family, I highly recommend that you try to roughly plan out where your family would like to eat out of the vast array of Walt Disney World Resort restaurants, and if possible, estimate what you would likely spend on these meals over the course of your stay. Menus for most Walt Disney World Restaurants are available online to assist with this task. Don’t forget to also factor in the cost of any snacks available on your dining plan (which, if your family is anything like mine, you will have no problem using up) as well as the cost of any soft drinks, coffee or tea you would likely consume at your Resort, which would be complimentary under the dining plan using your refillable mugs.

    Unfortunately, there is no simple or generic answer as to whether the Disney Dining Plan will result in cost savings as it is so highly dependent upon your own individual family’s dining styles and preferences. However, in my experience, I find the Disney Dining Plan to be particularly cost effective for families with children under age 10, especially if your family plans on doing a lot of character or buffet style meals.

    I hope this gives you some “food for thought”. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to send them our way. We would love to hEAR from you!

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Meet the Panelist: Trish, Nova Scotia

Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

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