Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jun 21, 2011
    Debbie from VA 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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    This panel is AWESOME; thank you! DH, 6 yr old son & I will be visiting WDW in Nov. Trying to decide between Dining Plan & DDP. Want to make best financial decision, & I've tried "calculating" meals, but still can't decide...any adv

    Hi Debbie,

    We just returned from WDW where we did the standard dining plan & carefully kept track of what we ate along with the costs -- we saved several hundred dollars having done the dining plan.  We had thought about the deluxe dining plan beforehand to dine at a signature restaurant in the evening and a table service restaurant for lunch, but we were all in agreement during that trip that that would have been too much food. With an appetizer, entree, dessert, and drink along with two snacks a day, it is a tremendous amount of food (that being said from a family who likes to eat!). And I must confess, my kids enjoy saving time by dining at counter service restaurants.  

    I'd encourage you to explore the menus of the restaurants you are interested in since most of the table service menus are available through (counter service menus can be found at  We did this beforehand to do a "practice" order and then decided which restaurants would help us to get the most for our dollar as well as which dining plan would fit our needs the best. You may also want to visit and search for "dining plan values" to get some other ideas of how to make your dollar stretch more. 

    You may also want to do a Google search for "Disney Deluxe Dining Plan Reviews" to see thoughts of other guests. 

    If I can help with more questions, please let me know by clicking here.   And thanks for the kind words; we love helping guests!
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I am a retired teacher with a family of 3 adult sons who have grown up through Disney. I am known by friends as the Star Wars loving Disney Nerd who always wants to serve up tips and ideas of how to make visits to Walt Disney World special and magical.  Learn More About Kara

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