• On Mar 3, 2019
    Melissa from PA 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.

    We are members of DVC. Family of 5. (2 adults 3 "teens") We typically purchase the dining plan. But wondering which is better DVC restaurant discounts vs dining plan. Vaca is in June. Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Thank you SO much! Melissa

    Welcome Home Melissa!

    Don’t you love being a Disney Vacation Club Member? Each time I take advantage of my Membership, whether it be staying in one of the fabulous properties, or getting a discount on dining and merchandise, I can’t believe how lucky we are to be Members of such a great club!

    It sounds like you have a fantastic vacation coming up! I have two teenagers, and I find that as they grow, so do their appetites! When we visit Walt Disney World with them, we get the Disney Dining Plan. Not only are our meals prepaid so that it’s super convenient, it also allows our teenagers a bit of freedom. When they are off doing what teenagers do (Popsicle Stick Wall at Toy Story Land is a can’t miss pic' for the ‘Gram), they can grab a bite to eat all with the simple touch of their MagicBand. We also put them and their phones to good use ;-) by having them pick a place to eat, pull it up on Mobile Ordering and have them place an order all while we are waiting in line!

    If you choose not to use the Disney Dining Plan, you will find that your Membership gets you discounts at lots of dining locations. Prices and discounts are subject to change, but when I pull up Member Benefits and click on the Dining tab, I see discounts anywhere from 10-20%. We just returned from a quick trip to the ‘World, and used our discount everywhere we ate. When we travel with just the littles, we usually skip the plan, because they are such light-eaters.

    So, Melissa, I think it comes down to whether your teenagers are like mine and eat everything in sight, or if they are relatively light eaters. If you’re feeding a small army, get the Disney Dining Plan. If not, enjoy your discount!

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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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