Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 30, 2013
    April 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.

    I need some info about this meal plan, I do not know if this will work for my family. Two adults and two kids that are seven. I have a friend that just thinks this not a good thing to get. But I do not know what we should do.

    Hi, April!

    If you like to plan ahead with dining reservations, plan on enjoying character dining experiences, want to do one table service meal each day, and save some money,  then the Disney Dining Plan might be a good idea for you.  Character buffet dinners can sometimes run up to about $45 per adult (prices subject to change) so the Dining Plan can be a great value. 

    If you prefer to do a few quick meals here and there, and do not really want to take the time to plan for reservations, then you might want to pass on the plan.  However, with 7 year olds, they might enjoy locations like Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, and Hollywood & Vine where you will dine with so many of your favorite Disney Pals.  These buffets add up in price, so the Dining Plan makes it a bit easier on the budget.  Each member of your travel party also gets a refillable beverage mug for your resort, so there is a bonus there, too!

    I suggest to plan out your days, adding in where you will want to eat.  If your itinerary includes that table service/buffet for each day, then I say add on the plan.  If not, then no worries, just pay as you go! 

    If you need an outline of a dining schedule, let me know your plans and I can give restaurant suggestions with approximate costs.  This might help you with the big Dining Plan decision. Good luck!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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