The Disney dining plan reviews – Is it worth it? Exactly how good of a deal is it? Are you going to save $100’s on your bill? Well let’s that’s figure that out…
On our trip in May 2009, we got the dining plan for 7 nights. We paid right at $630 for the dining plan. We also paid an additional $100 in tips.
We ate at 7 different character meals:
- Chef Mickey’s – 2 adults @ $22.99 each. 1 kid @ $12.99. Total of $58.97.
- 1900 Park Fare – 2 adults @ $24.99 each. 1 kid @ $13.99. Total of $63.97
- O’hanas – 2 adults @ $18.99. 1 kid @ $10.99. Total of $48.97.
- Crystal Palace – 2 adults @ $18.99. 1 kid @ $10.99. Total of $48.97.
- Garden Grill – 2 adults @ $30.99. 1 kid @ $14.99. Total of $76.97
- Akershus – 2 adults @ $30.99. 1 kid @ 18.99. Total of $80.99.
- Tusker House – 2 adults @ $20.99. 1 kid @ $11.71. Total of $53.69.
That brings the grand total for the character meals (less tips) to $432.53.
We also had 7 counter service credits:
- Flame Tree BBQ – approximately $35
- Toy Story Pizza Planet – approximately $28
- Sunshine Seasons – approximately $32
- Pecos Bill – approximately $32
- Pop Century Food Court – approximately $33 (3 times)
That brings the approximately grand total of the counter meals to $226.
But then we also got 7 snacks each, so a total of 21. Those are valued at about $4 each. So that brings us to a grand total of $742.53. I paid $630 for the plan.
Grand savings of $112.53!
Other factors to consider
Here are some questions I want you to ask yourself:
- If you dined without the dining plan, would you get a dessert at every meal?(With the dining plan you get 1 counter service meal with desert ($3 value), 1 table service meal with dessert and a snack.)
- Would you drink soda at every meal ($2.50 value) or would you opt for water? (free)
- Would you pay for a snack or would you bring your own?
- Would you share a meal with a spouse or with your kids instead of each getting your own? (This is allowed at every restaurant but the buffets.)
- Would you have a sit down meal every day?
- If your kids are 10 and up, they are considered an adult on the dining plan. Would you get them an adult entree if you were paying out of pocket?
When people email me and ask me if I think they should get the dining plan, I tell them to visit Disney’s website and pick out a table service (like Chef Mickeys), a counter service (like Pecos Bill) and a snack (like the choices at Friars Nook) and write down the prices of the food they might choose if they were at Disney today. Then multiple $45.99 times the number of adults in your party and $11.99 by the number of children. If the total for the food that you would buy from the 3 restaurants you chose is more than what you would pay for the dining plan, the dining plan is probably a good value for your family.
Learn more about Walt Disney World Dining and get suggestions for where to eat, how to use the Disney Dining Plan and more.