If you have ever been to Disneyworld and tried to feed your family, you know how expensive it can get. After several hours of fun in the parks, everyone is starved. Eating at Disneyworld at a counter service restaurant for a family of four can set you back at least $50. That is if you just get the basic sandwich, fries, and small drink. Then you have to consider how much it is going to cost to stay hydrated in the sometimes overwhelming Florida heat. And just think how tempting it is going to be to buy a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar or one of their “to die for” cream cheese pretzels. I think you see what I mean.
Before the Quick Service Dining Plan, my husband and I could walk out of the parks in the evening having spent $150 or more to feed our family of seven. That only included the very basics for two meals. I am not even counting the times we had to stop to buy someone a drink. Getting snacks was usually out of the question because that could have easily taken another $20 to get each child one snack.
Then Disneyworld introduced their Quick Service Dining Plan. We had seen their Standard Dining Plan which included one sit-down meal, one counter-service meal, and one snack per day, but we did not feel it fit in our budget. We also realized that with that plan, gratuities are not included for the sit-down meal. That would have to be factored in as well.
The Quick Service Dining Plan seemed like the perfect alternative. This plan gives you two counter service meal credits and two snack credits per day. It also includes a resort refillable mug which can be used to get all the drinks you want at your resort. This includes soft drinks, teas, and coffee. It does not include milk. For each meal, you can get one entree’, one side, one drink, and a dessert.
When we bought the plan, we used our counter service credits for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was taken care of at the resort by using one snack credit and our resort refillable mug. That left one snack credit to be used in the park during the day. My husband and I hardly ever used both snack credits because dessert comes with each meal. So on our last day, we took all of our stockpiled snack credits to the candy store in Downtown Disney and stocked up on monster-sized cookies for the trip home.
My children enjoyed being able to get a cookie or ice cream cone without having to ask permission. And my older children spent much of our vacation on their own. They had their key card for the room which is also their dining card, so we did not have to worry about handing out food money every morning.
My husband and I and our three youngest children enjoyed using our dinner credits to check out the counter service restaurants at the various Disneyworld resorts. Every evening, near dinnertime, we would get on a bus and go to whichever resort we wanted to visit that day. Every resort has at least one quick service restaurant. The variety of food choices is incredible. We were never limited to burgers and fries.
We will definitely buy the Quick Service Dining Plan the next time we stay at a Disneyworld Resort. It gives us peace of mind just knowing that our meals are covered, and everyone can eat what they want.