Is the Disney Dining Plan Worth It?

Hello and welcome back to another post in the KatDoesDisney Dining Plan series! In last week’s article, we talked all about the Disney Dining Plan. Today, we will continue and see if the Disney Dining Plan is worth it! Let’s get straight into it…

Is the Disney Dining Plan Worth It?

The short answer to this every popular question is “it depends!” Here are the main factors that will determine if the Disney Dining Plan is worth it for your family:

  1. How much your family eats
  2. If you are willing to sit for a Table Service Meal
  3. What your kids eat
  4. If you are willing to eat at locations that only accept Disney Dining Plan credits
  5. If you are OK with doing research to maximize your credits


So let’s examine each of these points…

How Much Your Family Eats

I think this is the biggest factor that plays into whether or not the Disney Dining Plan is worth it to you. Even with the lowest tier, the Quick Service Dining Plan, there is a lot of food to be consumed each day or your stay! If you’re the kind of family that prefers to snack most of the day and eat just one big meal, then the Dining Plan may not be right for you. However, if your inner “foodie” comes out on vacation, then the Dining Plan may make your trip!

Willingness to Sit for a Table Service Meal

Two tiers, the Regular Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan, both include credits for table service locations. Eating a sit down meal each day may not be right for you and your family. For instance, it can take up a lot of valuable park time! Also, if you have little ones in your group, they may not have the patience to sit for a meal each day. Thus, a Dining Plan with table service credits may not be beneficial for your vacation!

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What Your Kids Eat

If your kids (3-9 yrs old) only eat off of the kids meal menus and are not adventurous eaters, then the Disney Dining Plan will be worth it for them! Disney now limits kids from ordering off of the adult menus at Quick Service locations. 

Willingness to Stick to the List

There are locations around The World that do not accept the Disney Dining Plan. Most of these locations include outdoor carts (think soda, ice cream, and popcorn vendors). Thus, you will have to decide if you are OK with sticking to the approved list! 

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Willingness to Research for Credit Maximization

The last thing you want happen is that you don’t save any money with the Disney Dining Plan! Thus, you’ll have to do some research ahead of time to see which snacks and meals will maximize those dining credits so you get the best bang for your buck. 

I hope these points will help you decide if the Disney Dining Plan is worth it to you! What do you think? Tell me in the comments below!

Check back next week as we explore the ways the Disney Dining Plan can save you money!

Until then… Cheers!!





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