Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Aug 4, 2009
    Catherine Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're visiting in October w/ a group of nine, including 5 yo twins. We thought about a 4day DP to take advantage of some character dining for the kids? Would that be sufficient or would you suggest anything different?

    Catherine:

    I've traveled with larger groups several times to Disney (and I guess you can consider my immediate family of 6 more robust than the cookie-cutter Disney family of 4)....The Basic Dining Plan makes a lot of cents (pun intended) with your group, for several reasons:

    1. If you have children and want to take advantage of Disney's Character Meals, the plan for them pays for itself on the very first day!  The plan can save the average family about 30% on food costs according to Disney.
    2. There's nothing more uncomfortable when dining with others outside your family as when the check comes!  With the dining plan, everything but gratuity is paid upfront.  I'm empowered when I say, "I'll pick up the check!"
    3. Because your party is greater than 8, you can register for a Grand Gathering!  This enables you to use your dining plan credits for some unique group experiences like a private Safari dinner or the International Dinner and Illuminations Dessert Reception (with reserved seating) at Epcot!
    4. I saved the best for last!  You may actually qualify for Disney's dining plan for FREE, depending on your dates in October!! Click here for the details!
    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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