Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jan 31, 2009
    Ragena 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.

    hello, we are planning to visit for the first time as a family in late march. i have a family of 8,6 of which are kids (yes,mine). i was wandering about the dining option for our family size is it worth spending the money for it?


    Congratulations on your upcoming trip, and thanks for coming to the Mom's Panel!

    Without knowing your accommodations and whether you'll have a kitchen, I'd say to seriously consider the Basic Dining Plan for your family, and then ask yourself:
    • Do we want to experience several Character Meals? If yes, one Character meal can pay for a child's entire plan for the day.
    • Would we like a table-service meal that will allow us to sit, relax, and create memories for the family around a fun dining experience? If yes, the Basic Dining Plan will help you save up to 40% according to Disney over paying out-of-pocket from the menu.
    • Will I stick to the dining plan, and therefore, my up-front budget? If yes, you won't have hidden food costs that pinch your souvenir budget--everyone needs a pair of Mickey ears!
    In my opinion, the deluxe plan includes a lot of food, especially if you have children. The Quick Service plan doesn't add up to the value of the Basic plan.

    If you'd like to do a little more research on the menus and cost, visit and click on Dining. You'll find menus--and prices--for most WDW dining locations!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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