Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Feb 10, 2010
    Jessica from NH 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.

    I am a single mother on a tight budget. My plan is to bring food with us for breakfast and snacks. Is it cheaper to buy a food plan rather than buying it yourself without it?

    Hi Jessica,

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip!  The meal plans can be a good value if you plan on using all (or most) of your dining credits.  If you are planning on bringing along (or picking up) some groceries to supplement what you purchase in the parks, I'm guessing you will better off dining a la cart.  In addition, many of the portions served at both the counter service locations as well as at sit-down venues are huge, and certainly big enough to share.  Finally, by purchasing meals on your own, you can engage in other money-saving tricks, such as having an appetizer for dinner, etc.

    If you feel like you will be purchasing most of your food at Disney restaurants, and will use all of your credits, then the plans make sense and are a good value.  If either of you is a light eater, and you think some of my suggestions will apply, I'd go it alone!

    I hope you and your son have a magical Disney vacation together!


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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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