Disney’s Dining Plan: Must or Bust?

Perfect resort? Check. Flights booked? Check. Memory Maker? Check. Dining plan? “I’m not sure, do you think it’s worth the money?” This is how many conversations with my clients start when they’re booking their magical Disney Vacation.

To answer this question once and for all, my favorite travel companion and I took a three day, three night, trip to Disney and well, we ate!

Let’s break it down. There are three Disney Dining Plans.

Quick Service Dining Plan
For each night of your package, each guest 3 years old and up is entitled to:
2 Quick Service Meals which includes:
1 entrée or 1 complete combo meal and 1 alcoholic beverage
2 Snacks
1 resort refillable drink mug per person

Disney Dining Plan
For each night of your package, each guest 3 years old and up is entitled to:
1 Table Service Meal- includes 1 entrée, 1 dessert, and 1 alcoholic beverage
or 1 full buffet
1 Quick Service Meals which includes: 1 entrée or 1 complete combo meal and 1 alcoholic beverage
2 Snacks
1 resort refillable drink mug per person

Deluxe Dining Plan
For each night of your package, each guest 3 years old and up is entitled to:
3 Table Service Meals- includes 1 entrée, 1 appetizer, 1 dessert, and 1 alcoholic beverage or 1 full buffet
2 Snacks
1 resort refillable drink mug per person

We chose the Deluxe Dining Plan because we love to eat and we wanted to sit down and enjoy three meals a day. Here’s what we spent…

First we picked up our free refillable drink mugs. They were $40.26 if we had not had the dining plan.

Day 1:
(Late arrival so we only needed lunch and dinner)
Lunch: Beaches & Cream $74.97
Dinner: Ale & Compass $127.84
Snack: Water $14.00 (4 credits)

Day 2:
Breakfast: Cape May Café’ Breakfast $89.24
Lunch: Via Napoli $119.70
Dinner: Yachtsman $207.17 (2 credits)
Snack: Mickey Ice Cream $4.69 (1 credit)
Snack: Water $7.00 (2 credits)

Day 3:
Breakfast: 1900 Park Fare Breakfast $115.44
Lunch: Chef de France $125.40
Dinner: Nine Dragons $118.96
Snack: Water $10.50 (3 credits)

We had two snack credits remaining so we used them to purchase souvenirs from Goofy’s Candy Company for $16.49

Without the dining plan, we would have paid $1071.66  for all of the entitlements. We traveled in 2019 so we paid $116.25 per person, per day, or $697.50 in total. Purchasing the dining plan saved us $374.16!

The dining plan saved us a lot of money and we ate like a king and queen! Keep in mind that vacationing in Disney means a lot of walking and you’ll need more fuel to get you through the day than if you were sitting in the office at home. However, we did eat a TON of food. If this seems like to much food, consider the traditional Disney Dining Plan with a quick service and table service entitlement each day.

Whatever you decide on, you can’t make the wrong decision by traveling to the most magical, and perhaps tastiest, place on earth!

Photo credit: delish.com

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