Mom And Son Safari
  • 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.

    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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