Mom And Son On Run
  • On Oct 4, 2011
    Amy from LA 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 planning our 2nd trip to disney in Feb. would it be cheaper to stay at fort wilderness cabins and not get te dinning plan and will it cost more for the dinner shows if you dont have the dinning plan?

    Hi Amy,

    First, did you know there are some dates in February where you could actually have free dining?  If you click here, you can read about the details for this special offer. I would love to see you qualify for free dining!  But if not, it is tough to say what would be cheaper because of all the many choices you can make with dining.  When we visited this summer, we did find that we saved a couple of hundred dollars using the dining plan, but I carefully studied all the menus available at to make our choices the best bang for our dollars. I did this by having each family member make a "pretend order" from the menus then added up the costs to see which meals I should use the dining plan on which ones were better to pay out of pocket.  I realize it is a bit of work, but it helps you to make a more educated decision. 

    You may also want to contact Walt Disney World by calling 407-W-DISNEY and getting free estimates to help you compare the various costs since there are all other kinds of variables with the amount of days on your tickets and extras you can add on to the tickets that will make a difference. 

    And finally, I find a lot of valuable information through that can help to find the best deal with both dining and packages. 

    I hope this helps; please let us know if we can help further.  --Kara
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Meet the Panelist: Kara, Nebraska

I’m a high school teacher with a family of 3 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.

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