Reasons to Skip the Disney Dining Plan

Travel - Destinations
By: TandLMommy28    
24-Nov-2010

Introduction:The Disney Dining Plan gives resort guests prepaid meal credits to be used over the course of the vacation. The plan works for a lot of people but it's not for everyone.

  • 01

    You're a Free Spirit

    The Disney Dining Plan includes one sit-down meal at a table service restaurants each day of your vacation. Due to popularity, you have to make reservations at most of these restaurants as much as six months in advance. If you are not the type that can plan meals that far in advance without feeling it ruins the spontaneity of being on vacation, skip the Dining Plan.

  • 02

    You Have Food Allergies

    The chefs at the table service restaurants are great about working with food allergies but the rest of your meal credits will be fast food and snacks and there's no guarantee you will find something in each Disney theme park that will suit your needs. You are better off backing foods you can eat and storing them in a cooler when you get into the park. Skip the Disney Dining Plan.

  • 03

    Your Goal Is a Low Cost Disney Vacation.

    The Disney Dining Plan currently costs $42 per adult per day (it's just $12.99 for kids, though). While it does save some money based on what you get, the truth is that most people wouldn't buy nearly as much food if it weren't on the plan. If you are careful and don't care about having a table service meal every single day, there are ways to save a lot more money on food than pre-purchasing the dining plan.

  • 04

    You're a Light Eater.

    The Disney Dining plan gives you two meals a day plus a snack. While that doesn't sound like much, consider the serving sizes. Portions are quite large and when you are on the dining plan you have to get an entree, a side, a dessert and a large drink for your fast food meal. Your table service meal is often an all you can eat buffet. If you are a light eater, stick some granola bars in your pocket and skip the Dining Plan.

  • 05

    You Have Kids Under Age 3

    Kids under the age of 3 (as of the day you arrive at Walt Disney World) do not qualify for the dining plan. This means even if you have the Dining Plan for yourself, you are still going to have to purchase meals for your child. On the up side, kids under 3 do eat free at buffet meals--and enter the parks free as well. But overall, if you get the Dining Plan, you are either going to be sharing your meals with your kid or spending extra on more food. The point of the Dining Plan is to not have to spend money on food on your trip so this doesn't help you.




Final Thoughts

The Disney Dining Plan is a fantastic option for many people but if you fall into one of the categories above, consider heavily whether or not you should really purchase this plan.




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