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  • On May 11, 2010
    Oded 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.

    re dining. is the food so expensive without a din. package? someone told me to reserve a table months before - is this really necessary? will be there early Sept. Thanks.

    Hi Oded!

    I would strongly encourage a Dining Plan! Disney is a terrific experience, but they don't come cheap (smile). Any way you can save a little I say go for it, and even though you pay a larger up-front cost for one of the meal plans, you end up saving in the end. Disney offers 3 plans: Quick Service, Standard Dining, and Deluxe. You'll save 20% on Quick Service, 30% on Standard, and 40% on Deluxe, compared to if you paid out of pocket.

    After vacations I skim over my receipts, the average cost at my table service meals for a family of 4 (2 adults, 1 child who's 6, and a son who's 3-so really it was a family of 3 eating wise) was about $100-$110 a pop, excluding tips.

    On the plan, you'll save some money, plus you have the peace of mind of knowing you're already covered food-wise for your family.

    Then all that discretionary funds can go to kid's toys (lol)!

    Also, I always says reserve, reserve, reserve. If there are restaurants that are "must do's" you really should call and book a seat. If not, it's a risk getting a seat walk-in, and the more popular restaurants (like Chef Mickey's) is constantly booked!

    Good luck on your planning. Have fun in September!

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