As I mentioned before, we are Disney people. Today I’ll be letting you know just how much we spent on our December (2016) trip for food, and some other Disney stuff too!
Our stay was December 11-16, 2016, at POP! Century Resort. So 6 days/5 nights. We UPGRADED to a Preferred Room. (My old boss from Chicago, who is an awesome Lady, gave me the tip to pay that little extra for a preferred room so we wouldn’t have to walk as far to the food court or busses!) The Preferred room fee is absolutely woth it!!! We also caught the last week of the Free Dining promotion. We UPGRADED from Quick Service (free) to the Dining Plan for $300. With the Free Dining promotion we also got the Park Hopper Option FREE! (That’s around a $240 value!!!) Our total package price was right around $3,600.
I know $3,600 doesn’t seem like a great deal, but for a family of 4 to go for 6 park days, stay on site, eat, and park hop at DISNEY, it’s not too shabby. There are TONS of blogs out there that can help you save a bunch of money! PLEASE take their advice if you want to be more frugal than we were!!! We decided that because this was our first trip to see the Mouse, (and our FIRST trip not going to see family) and we weren’t sure how the girls would like it, we decided to go all out, while sticking to a budget.
**I NEED to note that our family is incredibly amazing and helped us pay for the trip as our Christmas gift. Thank you to: Both of our Mom’s, My Dad, My God Mother, and Hubby’s Sister!!! We are so thankful that you love the girls enough to help them have an unforgettable trip, and to make so many memories!!!**
We drove down from Crown Point, IN and made it to Bowlingreen, Kentucky. We woke up at 7 AM and drove to Orlando, FL. We made it down there around 9-ish PM. For the life of me I can’t remember the suites that’re about a minute away from the Disney welcome gates, right off the highway, but they were awesome and we crashed there for the night.
Day 1 (Dec. 11): We checked out of the hotel and made it to Hollywood Studios for the extra magic hours at 8 AM. We had to go to guest services to “check in” and activate our Magic Bands. We chose to pay out of pocket for food for the first day so that we could use credits the 6th park day.
** We went to the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party our first night. WELL WORTH THE MONEY!!! We walked on most rides. Longest wait was the Seven Dwarves Mine Train at 40 minutes. All of the others were 10-30 minutes.**
Side Note: When you’re on the dining plan you get enough credits for the lenght of your stay. MEANING: only the nights you stay on property! So since we had 6 days and 5 nights we got 5 days worth of credits. Credits expired at midnight of our last park day.
TOTAL FOR FOOD DAY 1: $134.06
Day 2 (Dec. 12): Breakfast at Akershus (Norway Pavillion) in Epcot with the Princesses: Belle, Aurora, Ariel, Anow White, and Cinderella: $140.00 (we only had to leave the tip because we used a table service credit.) Snacks were $25.00 for the day. Dinner was me grabbing pizzas from POP! Century’s food court and us eating pizza in the room relaxing $38.53.
TOTAL FOR DAY 2: $203.53
Day 3 (Dec. 13): Breakfast at Ohana (Polynesian Resort) with Mickey & Pluto, and Lilo & Stitch $109.00. Snacks were $27.18. Dinner at Pop! Again $45.42.
**This was the day we had our first Dole Whip and frozen lamonade’s… hence the jacked up snack prices lol.**
TOTAL DAY 3: $181.60
Day 4 (Dec. 14): Breakfast at Hollywood and Vine (Hollywood Studios) with the Disney Jr characters $109.00. Snacks were $20. Dinner was $53.30.
TOTAL DAY 4: $182.30
Day 5 (Dec. 15): Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare (Disney’s Grand Floridian) with Mary Poppins, Tigger & Pooh, Alice & The Mad Hatter. Snacks were $39.99. Lunch was $39.10. Dinner was $31.40.
TOTAL DAY 5: $250.49
Day 6 (Dec. 16): Breakfast at Cape May Cafe (Disney’s Beach Club Resort) with Goofy, Donald, and Minnie $130.00. Snacks were $152.01. (I’m counting our “snack souvenirs” in this total because, well, they’re food.) Lunch before we left the park (3 PM) was $70.62.
TOTAL DAY 6: $352.63
Now IF I did my math correctly our GRAND TOTAL FOR FOOD (would have been): $1,304.61. Because we upgraded and paid the first day out of pocket our total was: $434.06. The Dining plan saved us: $870.55.
When we decided to go to Disney I pulled up ALL of the menus I could find and priced out our out of pocket costs to be (for our family of 4) around $1,200.00. FOR US the dining plan was a no brainer. We knew our girls would want to have character meals, and those are what costs the most.
LAST THING!!! We would drive to breakfast then stay at the Park breakfast was at OR go drop off our car at POP! and took the bus to the park we wanted for the morning. EVERY afternoon we went to Magic Kingdom. The first 2 days we stayed in Adventureland and Frontierland, and Liberty Square. Then the next day we went to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. We tried to break it up so the last three days the girls knew EXACTLY what they wanted to ride. (We rode Pirates of the Caribbean 10 times.)
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY TAKE THE TRAIN!!! The train goes from Main Street to Frontierland, and from Frontierland to Fantasyland, then Fantasyland back to Main Street. It will save your legs, and it’s a nice way to get a breather. We would ride the train once around the park then hop off at wherever we were going. Same for park close, once around then off at Main Street, and leave.
I hope this post helps someone in cyber space decide if they think the dining plan is worth it. For us it really was!
Have a relaxing day Y’all! And be safe tomorrow for the Super Bowl!