The Disney Dining Plan: Is It Worth It?

What Disney Travelers Should Know About the Disney Dining Plan

If you’re taking a trip to Disney this year you might be considering the Disney dining plan for your meal needs. In fact, most people I talk to don’t know if it’s a good idea or not. Well, my in-laws surprised us (me, my wife and the kids) with a trip to Disney World last week and I have some things to say about meals at Disney.

The Cost Factor

The Disney dining plan is not cheap (nothing about Disney is). It’s going to run you about $40 per day per adult and about $10 per day per child 9 or under. That’s for the basic plan, which includes one quick service meal, one table service meal and one snack per day.

So, the question is, is it worth it? That depends. If you are going to be visiting the parks each day of your trip, it’s definitely worth it. The thing is, you have to get the plan for each day of your stay, so if you’re going to be staying at the hotel for 6 nights but only visiting Disney parks for 4 of those days, doing other things on the other days, it won’t be worth it.

If, however, you’re going to be at the Disney parks each day of your trip, definitely get the plan. Food at Disney is not cheap and the restaurants there are wonderful. They have a Wolfgang Puck Express that counts as a quick service meal, and the food is to die for. They also have great food at Epcot and the snack credits come in handy when your kids are whining for popcorn or cotton candy.

How to Get the Most

If you do opt for the Disney Dining plan, make sure you get the most out of it. Make reservations at the restaurants you want to see (the Sci-Fi restaurant at Hollywood Studios is really unique and the Edo Tepan restaurant in the Japan section of Epcot was also amazing). Planet Hollywood and Wolfgang Puck restaurants also take the dining plan and you can use it for character meals too.

All in all, we probably saved hundreds of dollars with the plan. If you want to go to Disney and not worry about looking at the menu prices, the dining plan is definitely the way to go.