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  • On Dec 30, 2010
    Alethea from OR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I'm going to be traveling to WDW with my boyfriend for the 1st time and we are contemplating getting the dinging plan or to just pay for our meals as we go. What is the difference between doing either? And if the dining plan is the better option, which one

    Hello Alethea,

    How exciting to be visiting Disney with your boyfriend. I can't think of a more magical getaway for two!

    I am a big fan of the Disney Dining Plan (DDP). But I will admit, there are some in my family who have opposing views.

    Because the DDP is part of the Magic Your Way vacation package, you pay for your meals prior to arriving on property. So in essence, when you arrive at Disney, you're showing up worry-free! Your meals are paid for (just don' t forget to add gratuity!).

    I like the traditional "Dining Plan" which consists of one table service meal, one quick service meal, and one snack for each night of your stay. I have a sweet tooth so dessert is a big deal. So I appreciate that with my table and quick service meals, you get an entree, a dessert and a non-alcoholic drink. And you can guess that I use my snack credits for cinnamon rolls at Main Street Bakery or maybe a cupcake at Starring Rolls Cafe for breakfast.

    I know a lot of people who have complained that this is a lot of food. But for me and my family, Disney's not just about the attractions and the parks. We love to experience the restaurants too. The DPP allows us to taste foods we never would have been able to try!

    One last note...there are a small number of restaurants on property like Paradiso 37, that do not accept the DPP. So if there's one you're dying to hit, double check their participation.

    To learn more about the Disney Dining Plans, click here.

    Enjoy your trip!
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My family loves our Main Street in Ohio. But there's simply no comparison to Main Street U.S.A.! We don't get to Disney quite as often as I'd like, but that just means finding new ways to sprinkle Pixie Dust on our adventures! Learn More About Monina

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