Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 1, 2011
    Nancy from TN 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.

    Do you really save money by buying a dining plan? We have 3-five year olds, my husband and myself and are not big eaters. We have tried two different plans previously and I really cannot tell if we are saving or not. We are annual pass holders. Thanks.

    Hi Nancy!

    I'm not a big fan of the Disney Dining Plans.  Some guests do save a lot of money, some not so much, and some actually spend more by being on a dining plan!  It really comes down to what restaurants will be visited and what menu items will be selected.  Only you know how your family dines.  I recommend visiting the independent website AllEars.Net.  There you can see the menus for the various Table Service and Quick Service restaurants, including prices.  Then you can determine if a Disney Dining Plan is the right thing for you!  The team at All Ears does a great job keeping their information up to date!

    By the way, I am a huge fan of the Tables in Wonderland dining discount card.  It gives you 20% off at Table Service restaurants and is available for Annual Passholders.  It has saved me a lot of money over the years.  It's also extremely flexible.  You might look into it.

    Good luck with your decision and write back if you have any more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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