Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 7, 2010
    William from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am wondering whether to purchase the quick service dining plan for a 7-night stay in January. I noticed a post that said the price was $31.99 a night. That's say $16 a meal for breakfast and lunch at the food court. Are the regular prices that much?

    Hi William,

    For me, the Dining Plan (any dining plan) is more a matter of convenience than savings.  Sure, there are savings to be had, but the ability to enjoy my vacation, knowing that everything is paid for in advance, is the bigger draw.

    Generally, meals don't cost $16 per person at a counter service dining location, and I certainly wouldn't use one of my meal credits for breakfast.  If you're looking to stretch your dollar, lunch and dinner would be a better way to use up the credits.  Use your snack credits for breakfast. 

    The quick service plan can be a value if you are a big coffee/soda drinker.  The refillable mug at the resort can save you a lot of money.  Being water drinkers, the refillable mug is not a value for our family.  Also, if you are a big eater/snacker, you can save some money.  Each meal includes a drink, entree (which is often a combo meal) and dessert.  Don't use your snack credits for bottles of water or soda; instead find pricier treats like DoleWhip, gigantic cupcakes that can be shared by two people, or candy apples. 

    In order to get the most bang for your buck, you'll probably be ordering more food than you'd normally eat.  I actually prefer spending the extra money and purchasing the regular dining plan.

    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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