• On Mar 27, 2010
    Laura from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Meal Plan, yes or no?

    Hi Laura!

    Many guests enjoy being on a Disney Dining Plan.  Some guests save a lot of money by being on a plan, some guests save only a little bit, and some guests actually spend more money by being on a plan.  Unfortunately, I can't tell you what would be best for your party because I don't know what you like to eat, where, and how often.  However, I can offer some advice.

    You can get more information on the various Disney Dining Plans here.  I suggest looking at the menus for various Table Service and Quick Service restaurants at Walt Disney World.  In my opinion, the best place to find menus is at AllEars.Net.  The team at All Ears does a great job keeping their menus up to date.  You can price out what your party would order, throw in a few extra dollars for snacks and drinks during the day, and then compare that to the cost of a Dining Plan.

    Whatever you do, be sure to make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) for any Table Service restaurant you are interested in.  ADRs can be made up to 180 days in advance and many Walt Disney World restaurants book up very quickly.

    Enjoy planning and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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