Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Mar 11, 2013
    Kim 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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    1st time WDW trip. I have booked POR, but if free dining is not offered I will need to change plans due to budget. Would you suggest value resort/dining plan or POR and no dining plan considering budget and disney experience which way would be best? 10 nts

    That's a tough question, Kim, but I think that you are probably better off going with the value resort and a dining plan.  My reason for that is that dining in Disney's fantastic restaurants is part of the overall experience.  If you'd have to skip that in favor of upgrading your resort, you'd be missing out on a lot.  And when it comes right down to it, you probably won't be spending a ton of time in your resort room.  With that in mind, it seems reasonable to make due with a resort that might not be up to theming standards with Port Orleans Riverside.  If I had to be the one making the decision, I'd go value with the dining plan.  But I'll hold out hope for you that free dining is indeed offered and you get the best of both worlds!
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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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