Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Feb 20, 2015
    Jean from IN 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.

    I am planning a trip for four adults and one 8 year old February 2016. We plan to stay 5 days. I am wondering if anyone has priced it out to see how the dining plan compares to paying as you go.

    Hey Jean! Thank you for bringing me your question!

    There are MANY variables which go into comparing the different Disney dining plans to paying as you go. These variables include how many people are in your traveling party, where you plan to dine, the types of restaurants you would like to dine in and many more. 

    In my planning I have found a great website which has always helped me make my comparison. It is called They ask you to input variables such as number of travelers down to where you are planning on eating. They will then give you the amount these meal will cost out-of-pocket versus the cost of each of the dining plans.

    One thing this calculator doesn't take into consideration is convenience. Any of the dining plans bring with it a level of convenience you won't have if you chose to pay as you go.

    I hope this helps with your planning. If you have any more questions about dining plans or any other aspect of your Walt Disney World vacation please come back and see me.

    Wishing you a *MAGICAL* vacation and a pixie-dusted day!

    Sue N., IN
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Meet the Panelist: Sue, Indiana

Just call me "Super Team Mom." I am a banker by day and a Disney fanatic and Team Mom extraordinaire by night. I can leap volleyball players in a single bound all while planning dinner for 25 people, coordinating fundraisers and booking travel arrangements. I was born and raised in Maine and am currently living in Indiana. I can't wait to help you plan for magical sports vacations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Learn More About Sue

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