Disney Dining Plans – The Cost & Getting Your Money’s Worth

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One of the things that really bugs me about Disney’s website is that the actual prices of the Dining Plans aren’t posted in plain English. Yes, we could all sit and calculate the daily cost, but seriously, it would make life easier if they just put the price right in front of our faces. Hence the reason for this post.

Here’s the per day price breakdown…

PlanPer Adult
(10+ years)
Per Child
(3-9 years)
Quick-Service (2 QS meals, 1 Snack, 1 Mug)$41.99$16.03
Dining Plan (1 QS, 1 TS, 1 Snack, 1 Mug)$60.64$19.23
Deluxe Plan (3 Meals, 2 Snacks, 1 Mug)$109.53$29.86

Now, I’m going to give you an idea of how much each meal should cost for you to break even with your spending on meals. (This is where it gets all “mathy”.) I’m basing all prices on a 6-night, 7-day stay.

Quick Service Plan  
Adult (10+ years)Child (3-9 years)
Plan Cost$251.94 (6 nights)$96.18 (6 nights)
Minus cost of a
length-of-stay resort-
refillable mug
$17.99$17.99
Remaining$233.95$78.19
Minus cost of 6 snacks (priced at $4.50)$27.00$27.00
Remaining$206.95$51.19
Divided by 12 meals (2 meals per night)$17.24$4.26

For the Quick Service Dining Plan, each adult meal should cost $17.24 and each child meal $4.26 for you to break even.

Dining Plan  
Adult (10+ years)Child (3-9 years)
Plan Cost$363.84 (6 nights)$115.38 (6 nights)
Minus cost of a
length-of-stay resort-
refillable mug
$17.99$17.99
Remaining$345.85$97.39
Minus cost of 6 snacks (priced at $4.50)$27.00$27.00
Remaining$318.85$70.39
Minus above cost of 6 QS meals$103.44$25.56
Remaining$215.41$44.83
Divided by 6 nights for TS meals$35.90$7.47

For the Regular Dining Plan, each Adult Quick Service meal should cost $17.24, and each Table Service meal should cost $35.90. For a Child, the Quick Service meals should cost $4.26, and the Table Service meals should cost $7.47.

Deluxe Dining Plan  
Adult (10+ years)Child (3-9 years)
Plan Cost$657.18 (6 nights)$179.16 (6 nights)
Minus cost of a
length-of-stay resort-
refillable mug
$17.99$17.99
Remaining$639.19$161.17
Minus cost of 12 snacks (2 per day priced at $4.50)$54$54
Remaining$585.19$107.17
Divided by 18 meals (3 per day)$32.50$5.95

For the Deluxe Dining Plan, each Adult meal should cost $32.50, and each Child meal should cost $5.95. Granted, most people don’t eat Table Service for every meal, but the more expensive meals will more than make up for the cheaper ones.

To be honest, after doing the math I am quite pleasantly surprised at the savings we will be seeing on our Disney vacation this year!