The Disney Dining Plan will unquestionably put a damper on your budget. There’s no doubt that purchasing the Disney Dining Plan will cost you more than eating at Walt Disney World on a tight budget. What the Disney Dining Plan delivers is peace of mind in knowing that you won’t have to worry about payment for your food when you get there. If you can afford it, I’d recommend skipping the dining plan and paying out of pocket instead.

The Disney Dining Plan is a money-saver for some people, but not for those who are trying to be frugal. Those that take advantage of the Free Dining discount are considerably more likely to come out ahead, especially at our suggested party size of 2 adults and 2 children in one room. As previously said, Free Dining will almost certainly not be available in 2022.

With that little cautionary note behind us, let’s look at some options for dining while on a Walt Disney World vacation…