• On May 18, 2008
    Jessica from OH 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.

    Hi! I am wishing for a trip for my sister(18) & I(21). I am obviously on a budget! From what I can tell, the best time to go would be during the free dining plan offer. Do you know of any cheaper times (w/DDP)? & Is the free DDP offered every year?

    The free Disney Dining Plan package has been offered typically for a few weeks in September since this is a slow time of year with many children headed back to school.

    There are other fabulous ways to save:

    Go off-season such as mid-late January. Book the components of your trip separately. This allows you to find the best discount available for tickets, room, and travel. Plan one table service meal per day but then eat counter service. Split entrees, order kid meals, and have a sit down breakfast as a brunch. There are so many ways to have a great trip while cutting costs.

    I would recommend researching the website. I think you'll find all sorts of tips for making the most of a magical trip with your sister while keeping your budget in check.

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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