Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jan 23, 2009
    Jodi from MI 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.

    Is it worth it to buy a dining package? And, if you stay at a value resort, is the disney transportation sufficient (and frequent enough) to do all that Disney has to offer?


    To me, the best dining value is the Basic Dining Plan that gives you one snack, one quick-service and one table service credit for each day of your resort stay. The website boasts a 30 to 50% savings on this plan, and I would agree. You can pay for your child's plan for the day simply by eating one Character Meal!

    But before you make your final decision, here's a few thing to ask yourself:

    * Will I be eating at many Character Meals?
    * Do I like to know my costs up-front and am I willing to stick to the dining plan?
    * Does my family actually eat at meals or pick at their plates?
    * Do I mind having reservations that require me to stick to a plan each day?

    Another downside can be the amount of food. If you have a family of "pickers" and not "eaters," sharing quick-service meals out-of-pocket may be your way to go.

    As for the Value Resorts and their transporation, they spread out over the largest campuses, so Disney allocates them the most buses. Although Disney's goal is to have buses arrive at 20-minute intervals, I have sat at a Moderate's bus stop at Magic Kingdom while watching three and four All-Star buses drive by. If you based your accommodations on bus transportation alone, I'd actually choose a Value over a Moderate...

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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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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