Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 14, 2015
    Adrea from CT 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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    We are planning a Oct. 2016 vacation to Disney, 3/4 nights (Still undecided) with 4 days at the parks. Would it be smart to get the dinning plan for my daughter and I? We know we want to go to Be Our Guest, and Cirque Du Solei. Also any suggestions?

    Hi, Andrea!  Whether or not you opt for the dining plan for you and your daughter is a very personal thing, but I can certainly help you decide if it's the right thing for your family.

    First, how old is your daughter?  If she is right on the cusp between being considered a child or an adult (children at Walt Disney World are between ages three and nine), you may want to think about her dining habits.  Many older children prefer to order from the adult menu, which is not possible with the dining plan.  Other children who would be considered adults would prefer to order the more kid friendly options on the children's menu, and even where that is possible, it's not very cost effective.

    Another thing to consider is how much you eat on vacation.  I know many guests who find that even the dining plan that provides one table service meal, one quick service meal, and one snack think this is more food than they would normall eat.  I often see people on check out day picking up snacks for the trip home with their left over snack credits.

    I think the dining plan is an excellent way to pre-budget for the expense of food on a vacation.  I also think if your vacation is more about enjoying the experiences and doing things at a leisurely pace, the dining plan may be for you.  Another thing I recommend is that you browse menus, which you'll find on websites like, and see if the items you are most likely to order at each meal make the plan a wise financial decision.

    I hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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