Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Nov 13, 2016
    Julie from NY 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.

    My oldest won't be able to join us until the last 3 nights of our stay. I was told that I would still have to pay for her DP for all 7 nights. I'd like the simplicity of the DP but am not sure if it's cost effective.

    Hello, Julie! 

    When purchasing a Disney Dining Plan, you must buy it for all members of your party for the entire length of your stay. Unfortunately, if one member of your party arrives a few days later than others, then you will still pay for the length of stay for everyone, as dining plans are part of your Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation.

    Will a dining plan be cost effective for your family? That's a great question, as you will want to get the most out of your investment so consider where you plan to dine and how you eat. If you intend to dine at Disney Signature dining experiences or dinner shows, then you may find that those dining credits that are designated for your oldest Mouseketeer may come in handy. The nice thing about dining plan credits is you have flexibility in how you use them and when; therefore, those credits can actually work to your benefit. Also, consider your "vacation appetite." If most members of your party are light eaters, then choosing a plan that offers an appetizer, entree and dessert at every meal might be too much food. There are several plans available, so take a look at each to see which one works best for your situation. 

    There certainly is much to consider, especially when one member of your party is unable to be there for the length of your stay. I hope this helps with your decision! Please visit us again should additional questions arise as you continue to plan your vacation. 

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Texas

Hello, I’m Missy from Texas! I love all things Disney, especially the Walt Disney World Resort. Although we visit several times a year, there’s always something new to experience, making each vacation unique. As a mom to a son with special needs, I know the importance of cherishing every park visit and look forward to helping you plan magical moments for your family! Learn More About Missy

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