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  • On Mar 28, 2009
    Carmen from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Whitney, thanks so much for your help w/hotel info! I appreciate the advice! Regarding DDP- which seems best? We will be at WDW 6 days & think convenience of deluxe plan sounds great. Is it worth the extra $? We plan on 5-6 character meals for DD. Than

    Carmen:

    Thanks for your followup question!

    In my opinion, the Basic Dining Plan works best because 1) There's more value to it than the Quick Service Plan and 2) It doesn't keep you out of the parks as much as all of the table service credits with the Deluxe Plan.  (To get the value out of the Deluxe plan, I don't suggest using it for Quick Service, which some are apt to do by the end of a week of sitting in restaurants for 1 1/2 hours a meal!)

    To expand on the Basic Plan's advantages over the Deluxe plan and to be specific to your family make-up, you will get 6 Table Service Credits with the Basic Plan (not to mention 6 Quick Service) vs. 18 table service credits with the Deluxe Plan.  Only one Character Meal requires two credits (Cinderella's Royal Table)--every other Character Meal requires only one.  So the Deluxe plan may be overkill if you are getting it primarily to enjoy 5 to 6 Character Meals.  Additionally, even the Basic Plan offers A LOT of food.  Our family often opts to combine at least two table credits for a Signature Dining Experience or Dinner Show simply because of the volume of food!  We've never missed that meal!  I can't imagine having 18 table service meals, plus the snacks, plus the refillable mug--talk eyes being bigger than one's stomach!

    Unless you wanted to do every Dinner Show and Cinderella's Royal Table, I wouldn't suggest considering the Deluxe Plan, especially with children.  But if you're still not sure, visit the menus at www.allears.net and see the costs of each Character Meal you're interested in and see if the bump from $39.99 adult/$10.99 child a day to $71.99 adult/$20.99 child a day is worth it! 

    Wishing you 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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