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  • On May 15, 2015
    Teresa from ID Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Moms, My husband and I are staying at Coronado for 3 wks in July 2016. Planning ahead. I am really nervous about cost and dining. Do you have any suggestions? We are doing the Deluxe Dining. What specials/promos are usually there.

    Hi, Teresa!  It  can be seriously scary when you sit down and start adding things up for a Walt Disney World vacation, but take it from someone who has spent more than her share of summer weekends at the Jersey shore, you get a good bang for your vacation buck at Walt Disney World.

    If you watch the official Walt Disney World website, you'll see updates when there are special offers available.  Right now, for example, there is a room discount of up to 30% available for select dates this summer.  That is the most common type of discount, however, there is sometimes an offer of free dining (usually late summer into the fall) or package promotions.

    I also wanted to throw out this suggestion.  My husband and I are pretty big people, and he can really eat.  The Deluxe Dining plan is A LOT of food.  There is also a time commitment involved in sitting down to enjoy a meal.  Take a look at some of the menus and the prices, and see if there's a way to save yourself some money by switching to a different dining plan or paying out of pocket.  I have seen a lot of people on a dining plan trying to use up their credits on check out day by buying snacks to pack for the trip home.

    The good news is you have lots of time to plan!  We'll be right here for you to help you find the deal that works best for your family.
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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