Friday, March 25, 2011

Foodie Friday - Disney Dining Plan-Is it worth it?

This trip, we were on the Disney Dining Plan.  It included one quick service meal, one table service meal, and one snack per person for each night that we were staying there.  This means that for our 4-night, 5-day stay at the Walt Disney World Resort, we would have 8 quick services, 8 table services, and 8 snacks for David and I to use.  Piper ate for free off our plate(she was 21 months). 

I did the math before we left, and approximated that it would be about the same price for the Dining Plan as it would be to pay our way, so we decided to try it.  At the quick service meals, we got an entree, drink, and dessert.  At the table service, it was the same.  We found that we wouldn't normally order desserts, so they were sometimes wasted. We also returned to the room one day and brought snacks with us the other days, so we only used 2 of our snack credits in the park.  The last night, my mother-in-law and I raided the Food Court at our hotel and grabbed 6 snacks each to take home.  I still have Main Street Kettle Corn and Chip and Dale pretzels in my pantry!  Tips weren't included in the dining plan, so we paid those out of pocket.  We ended up with PLENTY of food, more than we could've eaten, and paid more than we wanted to. 

So, was the dining plan worth it to us?  In a word, no.  It might be beneficial if you are feeding teenagers, but we didn't think it was worth it at all.
Hope this helps!

See ya real soon!


  1. We had the same dining plan on our last trip and also found it to be too much food. Our oldest son actually asked if we had to go to another buffet once - and my kids can eat! Not sure we'll use it again either.

  2. I have used the dining plan on 4 trips, the same one as you and really liked it. We used all the credits no problem and didn't find it was too much food. By having the table service credits it means planning sit down meals and taking a bit of time to relax. If I was paying for all my meals I probably would eat more counter service and feel more rushed.

  3. I agree it's not worth it. Probably won't do it again.