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  • On Nov 12, 2012
    Jennifer from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Thanks Darcie!! I think I need to know which meal plan is good! Do you have to eat at certain places and what is the best deal for a group of 4? Are park tickets extra and do I need to get them now or can we decide where we want to go when we get there?

    Thanks for following up with me, Jennifer.  Let's see if we can get this straightened out together!  As for which meal plan would be the best fit for you, it depends on your preferences.  If you are looking to save money and don't mind eating quick-service (think fast food) for all of your meals, then the Quick-Service Dining plan might be your best bet.  If you'd prefer to enjoy half of your meals at quick service locations and the other half in table service, then the Magic Your Way plus dining package is a good bet.  For those who really want to splurge with the fewest dining restrictions, the premium package is the way to go.

    As for the best value for a party of four, it really depends on when you plan to visit.  Disney offers some great discounts throughout the year.  I would recommend you check the special offers page for current and upcoming promotions.  I will say, though, that some of the best deals are offered in the fall, in my opinion.  Few, if any, discounts are offered during the busiest time periods (including spring break, Christmas and Easter). 

    In order to take advantage of one of Disney's dining plans, you will need to purchase a vacation package.  Your theme park tickets will be included in that.  Those tickets will grant you access to one theme park per day (the choice as to which one is up to you) unless you upgrade to include the park hopper option or the water parks and more option, or both.  My character count is limited, but I do hope you'll follow up with me with additional questions if I can help! 
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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