Why You Believe The Disney Dining Plan Is Worth It

Planning a trip to Disney World can get…expensive.

Magic Kingdom

Flights, ground transportation, hotel rooms, tickets, Genie+ (should you choose to add it to your ticket), meals — a trip can cost you a pretty penny. That’s exactly why many All Ears readers say they appreciate services that help them with budgeting, like the Disney Dining Plan. And while this offering hasn’t returned to Disney World quite yet, we wanted to get our readers’ input on the service before it makes a comeback!

We took to Facebook to ask our readers, “Is the Disney Dining Plan worth the cost?” Here’s what they said!

YES!

A lot of our readers found the service to be worth the price. The Disney Dining Plan intends to assist in planning and hopefully save some money, and most of our readers agreed that the plan achieved just that!

Be Our Guest Main Dining Room

One reader said, “I did the math every trip to decide if we were going to use it, and it was less than paying out of pocket every time.” Another comment said, “When it was available, it definitely saved us money. You have to know your prices and use the credits wisely.”

And while money may be a big factor in this decision, many of our comments shared that convenience was actually the biggest incentive of the program!

San Angel Inn Restaurant

A lot of our readers shared that the easy experience provided by the Disney Dining Plan was the biggest benefit of the service! One reader said, “I feel like I’m more able to enjoy what I’m getting without thinking as much about the price.” Another commenter agreed and said, “It’s not the cost, it’s the total convenience that made it worthwhile!”

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No Way!

Other commenters disagreed, and shared that the service wasn’t worth the price. Some readers shared that the highest plan was way too much food, with one comment saying, “No, it was exhausting. No one needs 3 appetizers and 3 desserts a day.” (Keep in mind that the lower plans provide less food, which may be more manageable!) Another reader said, “It doesn’t save you money. It really only prepays your food.”

Sci-Fi Dine In

Other readers provided an interesting substitute for the Disney Dining Plan! One reader said, “We buy gift cards and use those, and that way it’s still prepaid, but we spend it the way we want and we always wind up either ahead or even with the dining plan.” Another reader does the same thing, and said, “I put the cost of the dining plan on a gift card and used it for ALL our spending. We ate how we normally would, and I always ended up with money left over.”

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Overall, it looks like the price simply wasn’t worth it to some, while convenience trumped price for others. If you’re looking for an easy, pre-paid experience, the Disney Dining Plan may be for you! But if you’re looking to save as much money as possible, you may want to try the gift card hack instead, or just pay traditionally!

The Disney Dining Plan Snack Symbol © Disney

And, if you’re looking for ways to save money, check out our post outlining the biggest ways to save money on a Disney World trip right now! Or, look at the current discount on Disneyland tickets, and see if you qualify!

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6 Replies to “Why You Believe The Disney Dining Plan Is Worth It”

  1. This was our 8th trip and the last. I have never wasted so much money in all my life. There was gramma (me), daughter, three grandkids (12,9,5). Also our first ever trip without dining plan. Lemme tell you the reason the dining plan isn’t back. They are making a killing on people paying out of pocket. $12.00 for a hot dog and chips x 5 60.00 for a unhealthy lunch. We were forced to eat counter service, very expensive counter service. At least with the dining plan, we could enjoy character meals and sit down lunches. I was never so disappointed. Plus I, after four vaccines, brought covid back

  2. I have planned my dining both using and not using the Dining Plan. What I find is the DP is really about convince (and lack of sticker shock from the menu). I don’t necessarily eat a dessert (or appetizer) with every meal. And there are times when I would normally choose to order from the kids menu, have a “snack” for lunch, or split an adult meal with one of my kids. However, in order to “get what I paid for,” I found myself eating more than I normally would or just not fully utilizing my DP. In addition, I agree that the snack credits should be used wisely; however, I found myself being cautious with them. At the end of our trip, I found my self in the gift shop figuring out what I could purchase on credit and pack to take home. Its a great perk and one I would use again if/when its offered but it really isn’t giving you the best bang for your buck.

  3. I liked it for the convenience. I was happy paying a lump sum daily price for pretty much all I wanted to eat. That said, I was also happy paying a lump sum daily price for all the rides I cared to ride, but like the DP, that is no longer available either.

  4. Yes, we’ll participate in the Dining plan. It saved us money and and the convenience was worth it. We’re planning a trip at the end of October and hope the dining plan is up and running by then.

  5. My sister and I choose the plan 5hat includes one restaurant meal per day. We use the snack for breakfast. It works for us.

    1. That’s exactly what we do too!! We’ve tried the middle coat plan but even that was too much food.