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  • On Aug 12, 2015
    Hayley from WI 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 husband and I will be travelling with a 17 month old and a 4 year old, does it pay to do a dining plan or should we just budget in meals for the week we are there? Suggestions?

    Hi, Hayley! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel from one 'Cheesehead' to another.

    I love the Disney Dining Plan. I am a pretty frugal person and the idea of paying for each meal, even with a budget set, gives me a bit of anxiety. Even if we have money saved, I am constantly subtracting meal totals from how much we have left and I make meal decisions based on the price - not on my appetite. That doesn't sound very magical to me, and certainly adds unneeded stress to my vacation. Even though your little one would not get his/her own mean and snack credits, your child is able to share meals with others in your dining party - and there is normally plenty of food to go around!

    When my family visits the Walt Disney World resort, we occasionally do so without the Disney Dining Plan. If you choose to budget for your meals instead of purchasing the Disney Dining Plan, it is a fantastic idea to set a budget. To get an idea of a food budget for your family, you may view the online menus available. Select the Quick-Service locations you would like to try and the Table-Service restaurants you may already have Advanced Dining Reservations for or places you would like to try. You can anticipate the meals your family would order and calculate an average of what you would typically spend at each meal. Prices are subject to change, but this is a great way to get an idea of the pricing.

    Wishing you and your family a delicious vacation, Hayley!


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Meet the Panelist: Rachel, Wisconsin

Hi, I’m Rachel! I am a “boy mom” to two rowdy little men at home and married to my high school sweetheart. I am fortunate enough that my prince charming loves all things Disney just as much as I do! For me, planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be just as magical as being there. It brings our family together as we dream, plan, and count down the days. I would be honored to help plan your visit and share in your family’s very own magic! Learn More About Rachel

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