• On May 31, 2020
    Beth from TX 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.

    Have a trip planned for Nov.(2 adults, 1 child). Character meals are very imp. to the child we are bringing (1st visit) so we may have to reschedule 🙁 with no dining plan currently available how do we budget for meals? How much should we allow?

    Howdy, Beth! 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    You’ve got a friend in me, Beth! I, too, am going to The Most Magical Place on Earth in November! I’m sure you have a ton of questions about what the announcements of limited Character Experiences and the current cancelation of the Disney Dining Plans means for your upcoming visit. My greatest advice, now, would be to keep up with the Disney Parks Blog and the official Walt Disney World Resort Website for announcements and updates as times are ever-changing! 

    I love the food at Walt Disney World, and I am always the first to reserve my Disney Dining Plan! I am so excited to see them return! This year’s trip will look a little different for me, but I know that it will be just a magical!

    To plan ahead for my trip, this is what I’m doing:
    -Going through each day of my trip.
    -Deciding what Table Service and Quick Service meals I’d like to go to each day.
    -Adding up the average cost of the meals that the members of my family will be eating.
    -Figuring in a few snacks throughout each day.

    After I do this little mental workout above, I’ll have a good idea of what I need to save for my trip. The easiest way to budget for food, for me, is to start purchasing Disney Gift Cards that will act as my “Dining Plan” for my trip. They’re so easy to snag from stores, gas stations, or online! This also gives me quite a few months to buy a few here and there, which makes it manageable to afford. If you find that you have extra money on your Disney Gift Cards after purchasing all of your meals and snacks, they are perfect to use for souvenirs! 

    Remember that you will be allowed to make Dining Reservations 60 days before your vacation! So be sure to make those needed selections! 

    I hope your upcoming trip takes you to infinity and beyond, Beth! We’d love to hear from you again soon! 
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Howdy Partners, I'm Allyn! My home has been, and will always be, the Walt Disney World Resort. But, when I'm not "home," I live in the heart of Wyoming. I'm living my fairy tale as a professional fine jewelry designer, fitness instructor, wife, and an extreme Disney enthusiast! Dreams do come true, and I cannot wait to share all of my magical Main Street, U.S.A smarts with you! Learn More About Allyn

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