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5 people who shouldn’t get the Disney Dining Plan

5 people who shouldn’t get the Disney Dining Plan

If your hope is to maximize Disney Dining Plan credits, there are some groups what will have a very hard time being able to do that.

People with kids age 10+ who don’t eat like adults

Disney considers kids age 10 and older to be adults in terms of tickets and the Disney Dining Plan. However, many kids in this age range don’t eat adult portions of food so it’s not worth it to pay adult prices for kid portions.

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Because Quick Service and Table Service credits include 1 alcoholic drink which can drastically improve the value of a credit, those who don’t drink aren’t as likely to be able to maximize the value of those credits.

People who don’t do character meals

As we look at the best Table Service credit values, most of the restaurants at the top of the list are character meals. People who aren’t interested in them aren’t likely to get a great value out of each credit.

Breakfast lovers

Some people love to start the day with a nice restaurant breakfast. Unfortunately, those aren’t a great value on the Disney Dining Plan since lunch and dinner cost more and also include things like dessert and 1 alcoholic drink.

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Vegetarians and vegans

Since the best values on the Disney Dining Plan often include ordering things like steak, those who don’t eat meat won’t come close to getting the value as meat eaters do.

If you belong to 1 or more of the groups above, you’ll likely be better off paying out of pocket for your food during a Disney World trip. In fact, you’ll probably end up spending way less doing that vs purchasing the Disney Dining Plan.

Rachel G.

Monday 22nd of April 2024

So what you’re saying is, unless you’re a big meat-eating, alcohol-drinking, character-loving family, Disney's dining plan isn’t worth it? Got it, maybe time to reconsider my trip.

Tom N.

Saturday 20th of April 2024

Isn’t there a way to get snacks as a meal on the dining plan? I read somewhere you could swap things around to save credits.

Shannon Albert

Monday 22nd of April 2024

Yes, you get snack credits on the Disney Dining Plan, but can no longer swap like you used to.

Liz K.

Saturday 13th of April 2024

Great insights here! Planning my first trip and this article helps me think more critically about whether the Dining Plan is right for us. Thanks, Shannon Albert!

Diana R.

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

The part about kids over 10 eating like adults hit home. My 11-year-old eats like a bird. Wish Disney was more flexible with their dining plan for families like mine.

Jordan M.

Monday 1st of April 2024

While I get where this article is coming from, I've found with a bit of planning, you can make the Dining Plan work. It's about choosing the right restaurants and being smart with your credits. Sometimes breakfast is the way to go if you grab a big meal and skip lunch. Plus, those character meals? Memories for a lifetime. It's not just about the food.