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  • On May 31, 2010
    Carolyn from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I will be with my husband & 19 & 17 yr old kids. What is the cheapest way to eat in Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom? Should I just wing it at the restaurants or purchase a food plan?


    The Dining plans are designed around the concept of pre-paying for certain combination of meals and snacks in order to get some savings.

    What I would recommend you do is look at the Quick Service Dining Plan. It is the least expensive plan of all, and can help save money.

    Now that takes care of 2 quick service meals per day. To save money further, our family ships in our luggage, or ahead in a box to the resort address, some breakfast bars and cereal. That, combined with a bottle of milk from the convenience mart in the resort, makes for even more food budget savings as it covers all our breakfasts for our stay.

    Now as to exact savings of the dining plan, you can actually see quick service restaurant menus and pricing on the website under the dining section. That way you can even plan out what you would eat, by meal, and know if it was cheaper than whatever you were being charged for the dining plan.

    Oh, and if you need some suggestions on great quick service restaurants in all the parks, write me another question!

    I hope that this helps!

    Have a magical (and delicious) vacation!
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I am one of the Dads on the Moms Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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