• On Aug 28, 2018
    Stacy from WV 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.

    Planning a trip next April with family and friends. Trying to decide if I want to get the Quick Service Dining Plan...what's your thoughts on the savings of using a dining plan? Do you feel this is a good savings?

    Hi Stacy,

    Disney Dining Plans are a fabulous option for many families visiting Walt Disney World Resort. I'm glad you're considering whether or not adding the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan makes sense for you. It all comes down, in my opinion, to your eating habits while on vacation and whether or not convenience is important to you.

    If you tend to select the more expensive meals at quick-service restaurants and plan to enjoy a tasty milkshake or refreshing alcoholic beverage with your meals, then the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan is likely to save you money. For example, let's say you're exploring Disney's Animal Kingdom and you hear some growling. Assuming that's your stomach and not one of the furry residents of the theme park, you decide to grab lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue. If you order the Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork Sampler accompanied by a Safari Amber, you've ordered a meal that is worth more than half of what you paid for the day's Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan. And you still have another meal and two snack credits to use! Don't forget you also receive a refillable mug that you can use repeatedly at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels throughout the length of your stay. Those coffee refills can certainly add up over the course of a vacation.

    If, however, you more frequently order items that cost significantly less and skip the more expensive beverages, then it may save you money to order food and drinks à la carte.

    I know folks who purchase a Disney Dining Plan simply because they want the convenience of pre-paying their meals. There's definitely something to be said about the value of knowing in advance exactly what your food budget will be for your vacation.

    Good luck with your decision!
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Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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