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  • On Mar 5, 2009
    Jason from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm A dad bringing my wife and 3 girls to DW. May 9-15th. Do you recommend dining or deluxe dining?

    Hi Jason!

    Sounds like you are surrounded by beautiful princesses!  Congratulations on your upcoming trip.  Both the standard and deluxe dining plans can be a great value for a family, and help budget, as you know almost exactly how much you are spending on meals ahead of time.  The standard plan provides for one snack, one quick service meal and one table service credit each night of your stay.  The deluxe plan includes two snacks, a refillable resort mug and three meal credits (that can be used for either table service or quick service meals).  In my experience, there is PLENTY of food provided by the standard plan.  We usually use the snack for breakfast, quick service for lunch and table service for breakfast.  Alternatively, we eat a bigger buffet (character) breakfast, have a light snack for lunch, and then have a quick service dinner in the parks.  If your family consists of average to good eaters, this plan should be perfect.

    The deluxe plan is great for families who intend to spend most of their meals at table-service establishments and/or want to experience some of Disney's signature restaurants (these are the fine dining restaurants such as California Grille, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Narcoosees, etc. and require TWO meal credits per guest).  If this sounds like something that would work well for your family, and you plan to make advanced dining reservations for most of your meals (which I recommend with this plan), it's a good deal.  The refillable mug is a great value, and you can use the "snacks" to stock up on bottled milk, soda etc. for the parks.

    Neither plan will leave you hungry, and both can be a fabulous value.  I'd use your own family dining preferences to determine which is best for your family.

    Have a great trip!

    Tanya
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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