The question that visitors to Disney often asks is ” Are Disney dining packages worth adding on”? The answer to that is a definite yes, adding the dining on to the package allows you to budget before you leave, many people worry they may need to buy more food that hasn’t been budgeted for, I can assure you there is plenty of food available on the plan, even the gutsiest people (me) has plenty to eat.
Walt Disney World
The current dining plans available are:
The last time we visited WDW in 2010, we stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter so were eligible for free quick service Disney Dining, this was the first time we had a dining package and it made budgeting spending money so much easier. If you plan your meals and snacks daily you can eat well while spending very little. The first few days we had breakfast and dinner off the plan, either using our snack allowance lunch time or buying a snack. The last few days we just wanted toast for breakfast, so we just paid the few cents for bread and used our plan for an early lunch and dinner.
Breakfast included 2 bottles of water which came in very handy, as we took them with us on the bus as even so early it was really hot. The school bear who came on our travels seemed to enjoy 🙂
Dinner usually consisted of 2 courses, there are loads of places to choose from, my grandsons favourite was Wolfgang Puck, At the time my grandson was obsessed with cookies and ate his really quickly and began nagging loudly for more while we were still eating, I told him he had to wait a sec as we wanted to finish eating before joining the line, the server heard him and popped a cookie over, we were grateful as we could finish our food in peace, problem was Elijah wanted to go back there every night for an extra cookie.
The day we were due to leave we still had quite a few snacks left on our dining cards so the children used them to buy treats for their friends.
The last time we went to DLP we decided to purchase a dining plan. The current plans are:
We stayed at the lovely Newport-Bay and chose half board, which I thought was the best option as my daughter is a creature of habit and likes to visit The Rainforest-Cafe and Planet-Hollywood. Each night we had 2 courses with entertainment, we found this a much better option than on previous visits when we had no plans in place for dining. The highlight of the dining plan was Cafe Mickey, we were there just after 5 and ended up staying till about 8, as 6oclock the characters started coming out and dancing with the children, just when you thought they had gone they would come back out.
Indie was terrified of the characters the whole time and in Cafe Mickey she spent most of the time under the table, she older now and adores Disney so cannot wait to take her back.
Darla loved every single minute of it she was up dancing with the characters and hugging them every time they passed.
Usually when on a budget we dont have a big sit down meal which has meant we have missed out on all the fantastic experiences.You can guarantee several times a year friends will ask me advice on Disney and I have recommended both dining plans to quite a few friends, who have all agreed it is definitely worth buying a dining plan.