Are Disney dining packages worth adding on?

By | April 4, 2016

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:

disney dining

 

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.

DisneyLand Paris

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.



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19 thoughts on “Are Disney dining packages worth adding on?

  1. Johnd954

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    1. admin Post author

      thank you very much for the comment and recommendation 🙂

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  2. Smithe898

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  3. Hayleigh Budgetfoodmummy

    We are going to Disney Land Paris on Wednesday so this post is very helpful! We are staying in the Davy Crockett Ranch which includes breakfast and the cabins are self catering so will be able to prepare a packed lunch for during the day and use our meal voucher for dinner. #bigpinklink

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    1. admin Post author

      We found it so much easier to budget, we chose places to eat where there were characters, we loved it especially Cafe Mickey as the character keep coming out after 6, Darla loved dancing with them. Have a fantastic time 🙂 x #bigpinklink

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  4. This Mum's Life

    Ooh, this is really interesting to know, as we definitely want to go in the next few years!! The boys are a little bit too small at the moment, but this is top of our list of places to visit in the not too distant future!! And tips from people who have been and tried them out, are so handy!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

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    1. admin Post author

      totally obsessed with Disney so happy to help in any way, try and book in advance to take advantage of the free Disney Dining offers, I think we spent about $100 over the whole week on food and drink, and that was when we went to Universal as we had pre bought all day dining for Seaworld, helps with budgeting so much 🙂 #bigpinklink

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  5. Becky (And Then There Were Two)

    Ooh we’re hoping to go to DLP this coming year so this has been really useful 🙂 we probably wouldn’t have bothered with a package otherwise but will definitely be showing this to the husband 🙂 thanks for sharing on #bigpinklink

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      We found it really good we had been the year before and seemed to be constantly spending on food 🙂 x #bigpinklink

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  6. Tammymum

    That’s really helpful, I. Always thought they probably were t worth it, but what do I know. It’s nice to see it explained and something to bear in mind for the future #bigpinklink xx

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    1. admin Post author

      Definitely worth it, plenty of choice 🙂 #bigpinklink

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