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  • On Mar 16, 2009
    Jody from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello, I'm little confused about the Basic Dining plan vs the Deluxe dining plan, I noticed that the Basic rate is 39.99 a day and the Deluxe is 71.99 a day. So with the Basic plan does that mean I can't eat more than 39.99 a day?

    Hi Jody,

    The dining plan program can seem confusing, but after you've used it once, you'll be a pro!  The daily rate of the dining plan has nothing to do with how much you can eat/spend during your stay.  This is why many guests are able to rack up quite a bit of savings.

    On the basic dining plan you are credited with 1 snack, 1 quick service meal, and 1 full service meal for each night of your stay.  A meal is considered a beverage, main course and dessert.  With your full service credits, you are also able to dine in locations that serve buffet style or family style; this is often the case with character dining.

    The deluxe dining plan allows each guest more flexibility (and more food).  You are given 3 meals per day (either quick service OR table service, it doesn't matter), 2 snacks and a refillable drink mug.  Also, your table service meals allow you to order an appetizer in addition to your entree, beverage and dessert.

    For my family, the basic dining plan is usually plenty of food.  We occasionally end up paying out of pocket for 1 quick service meal, but we always are scrambling to use up our snack credits by the end of vacation.  I can't imagine how we would ever be able to use 2 credits/day.

    If, however, your family enjoys fine dining or dinner shows, I recommend the deluxe dining plan.  Each of these restaurants requires 2 table service credits.  On the deluxe dining plan you could have a character breakfast each day, enjoy a show or signature dining experience at night and use your snack credits for lunch and still rack up a pretty significant savings.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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