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  • On Mar 14, 2010
    Renee from QC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Was wondering if any other families have used the Meal Plans(the ones with 2 table serveper person & snacks). I would like to know are they worth it? My children will be 8 1/2 & 7 when we go to Disney!

    Hi Renee,

    The deluxe meal plan is just that -- DELUXE!  You definitely won't go hungry, and you'll have the opportunity to experience some incredible meals.  Is it worth the money?  That depends on how your family plans to eat.

    If you plan on eating three meals per day, you'll find that it's a lot of food!  Yes, you'll definitely save money if you dine at 3 table service locations each day, but you'll also spend quite a bit of valuable park time in restaurants.  For some people that's great, but I'm guessing your children would rather spend time on attractions! 

    If you plan on eating at one table service restaurant per day and using the rest of your credits for quick, counter service meals, you won't really find any significant savings.

    To me, the best way to make the plan work for you is to plan on dining 2 times each day.  Make reservations for a character meal each morning or an early lunch at a fun restaurant like 50s PrimeTime Cafe or Biergarten.  Then, plan to dine at a signature restaurant or dinner show each evening.  Signature restaurants require 2 dining credits per person, but the food is amazing!  You can use your snack credits to stave off hunger in between meals.

    Remember, snack credits buy much more than junk food.  Fresh fruit, cereal, even baked potatoes in Epcot can all be purchased with snack credits.

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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