Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jan 5, 2015
    Melinda from OR 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.

    Trying to plan 1st trip to DW for my BF, I, and his 5yr daughter. I'm trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to get an annual pass and pay for dining or wait & see if there is a free dining package deal? We want to go in October for about 8-10 d


    You are planning to go to Walt Disney World Resort for the first time! Whaoo! I am so excited for you. October is going to the be an adventure for the ages. Your daughter will be enchanted by Cinderella Castle, swept away by the Magic Carpets of Alladin and jumping for joy when she meets Princess Anna and Queen Elsa.

    A rule of thumb for tickets is if you are going to Walt Disney World Resort for 10 days or more then an annual pass gives you the best value. Annual Passholders carry many benefits.  If you think you will return to Walt Disney World Resort any time before October 2016 then an annual pass is the best value.

    This is a tough questions because the "free dining" is applied to certain resorts.F
    ree Disney Dining occurs periodically but historically offered in the fall sometime during September to December. Promotions change every year so keep your eyes open in springtime for the details. My fellow panelist Kimberly has some great insight on "Free Dining".

    Disney does not combine discounts so you will unable to get free dining and an Annual Passholder resort discount. I my opinion I would contact a Disney travel specialist and discuss the dates you wish to visit and any passholder discounts for comparison, book a resort and dining plan for those dates and only pay the deposit.  This gives you the best option whether or not to keep the dining plan based on future promotions. Your Disney travel specialist will guide you through this process at no charge.  Now that’s a deal!

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories!

    Jason °O°
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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