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  • On Aug 4, 2012
    Candie from KS 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.

    We will be staying at Bonnet Creek in December we will be there for 7 days and there will be 8 of us. Is there anything we can do to make our dining any cheaper without the dining plan or can we purchase the dining plan?

    Hello Candie!

    Guests at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort are not eligible for the Disney Dining Plan.  The Disney Dining Plan is reserved for guests staying at select Walt Disney World-owned resorts.  

    If anyone in your travel party is an Annual Passholder, Disney Vacation Club member, or Florida Resident, they can purchase a Tables in Wonderland Card, which would provide a 20 percent discount at a large number of Walt Disney World table service dining locations.

    One way we like to save money on dining is to bring our own snack and drinks into the parks with us.  If you're short on room in your suitcases, you can look into services like Garden Grocer, which will deliver groceries right to your resort.  We typically drive to Walt Disney World (or rent a car) and we will make a stop at a grocery store or big box store to stock up on essential snacks for the week.  You'll be surprised at how much you can save by simply packing your own snacks.  Also, be sure to take full advantage if your rooms come with a kitchen.  Eating dinner in (something simple like spaghetti night) can save you a bundle while also giving you time to relax and recharge before heading back into the parks.

    Another great way to save money on dining is to fuel up with a big breakfast.  Breakfasts tend to be the least expensive meals of the day and there are so many great breakfast buffet options at Walt Disney World.  We like to get up early and sit down to a big breakfast.  It fills us up and we're ready to go for the day.  When we have a big breakfast, we're less likely to spend a lot on lunch and can typically get by with snacks and lighter fare for lunch.

    I hope I've given you a few ideas on how to save money on dining during your Walt Disney World vacation. 

    Have a magical day,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New York

I'm a military wife and mom to two little ones who is either on a Walt Disney World vacation or planning our next one!  Learn More About Ashley

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