Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Apr 18, 2015
    Mary from PA 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 have dining plan for 2 day visit? Do you need to purchase park tickets to have the dining plan? Can you use dining plan at the Disney Village?

    Hey Mary-

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I am so glad you asked this question because the answer lies in how and where you want to spend your time. When my family makes a short stay (three days) we do not purchase a Disney Dining Plan. We want to spend as many magical moments as we can exploring the Haunted Mansion, smelling the fresh mountain pine on Soarin’ and floating on the Kali River Rapids. With our park focused pixie dusted plan we just buy counter/quick service meals. If your plan is to avoid the theme parks and explore the magically tempting and ever delicious restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Downtown Disney Area (Disney Village is at Disneyland Paris in France), then you may price it out according to the specific restaurants and dishes you want to experience. Every restaurant has a full menu with prices included on the restaurant webpage to help you. Just know that without a theme park ticket you will not be able to use the meal plan for restaurants inside the theme parks.

    Disney Dining Plans may only be purchased for Guests three years and older with a valid Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation. No theme park tickets are necessary.

    There are many websites that discuss whether or not a Disney Dining Plan is a good value. has a wonderful analysis of this topic.

    I hope this helps you, Mary and please stop by again to visit us.

    Enjoy making many Magical (and delicious) Memories!

    -Jason °O°
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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