• On Dec 28, 2016
    Jenny from IN 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.

    Visiting Disney for first time with 8yr & 5yr old girls. We are debating on purchasing a dining plan. We are staying at Contemporary Resort & plan to visit 1 park per day. Thinking the dinnng plan may be a waste vs. just paying as we go.Thoughts?

    Hi Jenny,

    Adding the Walt Disney Dining Plan to your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is a great way to pre-pay one of your larger expenses-meals.

    We generally do not purchase the dining plan because we are Disney Vacation Club members and stay in a room with a kitchen. This eliminates one or two meals a day to purchase.

    If your girls eat at least two meals a day, I recommend you get the Disney Dining Plan as you will come out ahead for them. The basic dining plan gives you one counter service meal, one table service meal and a snack each day for each person. For guests under 9, you only are paying for one meal and a snack and the other meal is almost free.

    If you girls have more sophisticated palates or are not big eaters, you may be better off paying on your own. I recommend looking at the restaurants you would eat at and figuring out what a meal would cost. This will then give you an idea if you should go with the plan or not.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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