• On Jul 15, 2012
    Lauren from MS 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 trip to Disney world in early April (peak season). We are staggered by the dining plan prices for 5 adults 1 child (5yrs). Would the plan save us money, is there any hope it will be offered free?

    Hi, Lauren!  Historically, the dining plan has not been offered during peak seasons, so it will probably not be available during your upcoming April vacation.  If your dates are at all flexible, a free dining offer has just come out for select dates this fall.

    The dining plan CAN save you money, if you make it a point to order higher priced menu items.  For most families, it's just a way to budget for meals, allowing them to dine at restaurants they may not have an opportunity to go to if they didn't use the dining plan. 

    You get a lot of food on the dining plan, and for some families, it ends up costing more than they might normally pay for meals.  My family, for example, doesn't typically order dessert, and my husband and I often share meals, so the plan is way more than we would ever need.

    Check out some of the menus and prices at  You might be able to get a better feel for how much your typical meal might cost, and then you can determine if the plan is right for you.

    I hope this 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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