Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 29, 2012
    Mickalene from NJ 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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    Meal plan or no meal plan? Last time we went to Disney we had the meal plan. We never used 4 kids meals/4snacks. Is is possible to do Disney in a reasonable manner without the meal plan? we are staying at the Polynesian. We are not a family of big eaters!

    Hi Mickalene,

    Thanks for writing.  I've done Disney World vacations with and without Dining Plans many, many times.  If you aren't a big family of eaters, and tend to grab light meals (some days my kids like to eat a banana and soft pretzel and call it lunch, for example), you'll likely end up spending less without the dining plan.  In addition, if you tend to share entrees, this is also the case in my opinion.  I recently moved to Central Florida, and very often, I'll carry a small cooler bag with PB&Js, granola bars, juice boxes and other quick snacks rather than spending money on concessions in the parks.  Your room at the Polynesian Resort will have a small refrigerator, so if you wanted to pick up some simple groceries at the gift shop, you can do the same.  If, however, you plan on having at least one table-service (sit-down) and one counter-service meal per person per day, I'd say include the dining plan, as you'll likely end up saving in the end.

    I hope this helps!

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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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