Planning The Full Disney Dining Experience

Most recently, I have been working on deciding between upgrading to the regular dining plan or just keeping the “free” quick service dining plan that comes with our room. Quick service versus table service or buffets would be basically the difference between going to a counter restaurant like Culvers, and a sit down restaurant like Red Lobster, or in some cases a fancy buffet. We will be staying at the All Star Sports in November, which with the “free dining” promotion is about the cheapest you can go to disney, eat tons of food, and stay on property in the entire year.

For some extra money, you can upgrade to the traditional dining, which is around 22.99 per day per person. Overall for the 7 nights we will have the free dining (we’re staying an 8th night also at all stars booked as a split stay because of how the free dining dates fell) it would be around $320.00 extra. You also have to account for the tip. By doing this we would go from having 2 quick service meals per day, to 1 quick service, and 1 table service meal.

Including tip, we’d be about $480.00 for our overall cost to upgrade. We would lose the 1 quick service meal per day, but gain a table service or buffet. If we were to do the plan I have in place and paid cash out of pocket, overall the cost would be an extra $1100.00 for just the buffets/table service restaurants alone.

That’s a savings of around $600.00.

However, it’s a luxury to have table service over quick service. These are the types of decisions you get to make, when you save on the front end for  your trip. We’re in a less expensive room, so we have a lot more “budget” left for our trip. Since I pay for everything with gift cards I purchase on credit cards, and for fuel points, every dollar I spend only costs me around $.80 when you account for money saved on fuel and credit card cash back. So overall, our real cost would be $400.00 for what would have cost us around $1100.00.

Always remember to pay off the cards as fast as possible for zero interest.

Which option would you go with?

-John M.


My Favorite Piece of Disney Magic

Old School Mickey Meets Newly Designed Mickey Mouse

Disney will have you convinced that there is magic in this world. From the emotional response of experiencing all your childhood Disney dreams, to the pumped aromas and the sights of bubbles in the air. But my most favorite piece of the Magic is a two part process that starts at the end of the night. After experiencing wonderful things all day, the huge firework display and the blasting of all your favorite Disney songs through the speakers is incredible. We aren’t even at the topping of the cake yet. Skip the ride back to the hotel because you’re just sweaty, tired, and exhausted. The real magic is after your clean from the day and turn on the tv and watch Mickey Mouse stories before bed. Your legs ache, your feet hurt, you collapse from exhaustion in the clean cool Disney bed. Being around family, pondering what you’ve experienced today and imagining the possibilities and new adventures tomorrow, thats what the magic is all about. There’s just something about it that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. Like you are home.

“Happy Ever After” Firework Show only gets more magical the more times you see it

Let Us Show You TheWorld of Disney

My husband and I first went to WDW for the first time in 2015 and we have been hooked ever since. Over the years, we have gotten creative on how to score deals and plan amazing adventures! We are so excited to be bringing that information to you!

Stay tuned for

-The Showcasing of our hand made magic headbands, which will be on display soon!

-Disney Magic brought to you through our travels & foods/drinks.

-Vacation tips and deals!

So come join us on a tour of adventure!

The flower that Blooms in adversity is the most Beautiful and rare of all.

The Emperor, Mulan