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Planning Ahead

Everyone knows that it can be hard to budget for all the extra spends that you encounter on holiday. Disney has come up with a couple of ways of helping you budget for your vacation before you leave home. One of these methods is to buy the Quick Service Dining Plan. This can be purchased in advance if you are staying at a WDW property, at some times during the year this is also offered free as part of a package at some of the resorts.

The plan has to be purchased for every member of the party for every night of the vacation. Each person is allocated 2 quick service meal credits (also known as counter-service), 2 snack credits and 1 refillable mug that can only be used at the resort in which you are staying. The credits are loaded onto your "Key to the World" door key and each time you use some credits you get a receipt telling you how many are left. You can redeem the credits in any order on any day of your vacation.

The Quick Service meals are available throughout the resort at hotels and theme parks and they do not all have to consist of chips; there is a great variety to choose from.
Breakfast- many resorts have a QS breakfast and there is normally a large platter with a variety of breakfast items, some families find that they don’t need to redeem a credit each as they can share. This is acceptable if all members are on the plan and you are just saving credits, it is not acceptable to buy food using credits for people not on the plan. As well as your breakfast selection you also get a non-alcoholic drink.

Lunch/Dinner- there are lots of brilliant places to choose from including Wolfgang Puck at DTD, Cantina de San Angel at Epcot and Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom. The lunch or dinner consists of a main course, a dessert and a non-alcoholic drink. If you are not hungry enough for dessert then take a pre-wrapped cookie or a piece of fruit to have later in the day.

Snacks- the snack credits are often used for ice-creams, single-serving popcorn or soft drinks but there are lots of other things too. You can get jacket potatoes, side orders of chips, sandwiches and muffins. Most people find that they struggle to use all of their snack credits so it is worth bearing in mind that you can have muffins and pastries that you can save for breakfast or you can buy small packets of Disney candy which can make ideal little gifts for children. Also if you are at Epcot during the food and wine festival you can use the credits for lots of the food carts around the lagoon to try some unusual dishes.

The price for 2011 is $35 for adults and $12 for children. This does seem quite a lot but if you are careful you should have enough to eat for a family and shouldn’t have to keep putting your hand in your pocket for extras like ice-creams and water or any meals.

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