Disney World is a great place to go on vacation. With all of the parks, hotel accommodations, clothing issues, etc. there are so many things to think about. On top of that there is this program that Disney has called the Disney dining plans. They are an easy way to pay for your food upfront without having to worry about purchasing food while you are on vacation. So should you pay for one or not and which should you choose? It all depends on what you are looking for and I will try to help as much as possible.
So which plan do you pick? Here is a list of the popular plans updated for 2011 and what they offer (per day):
• Quick Service (2)quick meals, (2) snacks $34.99 adult $11.99 child
• Dining Plan (1)table meal, (1) quick meal, (1) snack $45.99 adult $11.99 child
• Deluxe Plan (3)Either table or quick meal,(2) snacks $78.99 adult $21.99 child
(Prices are according to 2011 figures)
So what are each meals? Quick meals are most over the counter meals. Table meals are most sit down meals, and snacks are sodas, chips, candy bars, etc. that you find at most concession stands throughout the park.
So which should you choose? To answer this it really depends on your eating habits and how much money you are willing to spend. If you really wanted to save some money then the quick meals in the Quick service plan are excellent. You can get more for your money if you head to the bakery type restaurants because they offer bigger and better portions. They also fill you up and you can take the desert home with you if you are full.
If you want to have the kids eat with the characters at a character dining meal then it would be in your best interest to include at least some kind of table meal in your plan because character dining meals are expensive. So the Dining plan would be your choice. It’s also good for other sit down restaurants that would usually cost a lot.
Now if you just wanted to relax and sit down during all of your meals and money was not an issue, then of course the Deluxe plan should work for you.
Disney can be a very expensive place and I have personally tried to avoid the dining plans, but have found that they are actually a better deal. No matter where you go inside the Disney area, you can expect to spend twice the amount than you would normally. Just make sure you sit down with the family before you make a decision and try to get an idea of their expectations for eating at Disney. From that point you should have no problem picking your meal plan.