An odd Dining Plan Question
My family of 7 and another family of 6 are planning a 10 night stay at WDW from August 26-September 5. At present we’ve booked this through AAA and our package includes our rooms and 7 day park hoppers. We haven’t added the dining plan yet because we were undecided about its value for us and knew we could always add it later.
I understand that if a free dining plan offer is made as in years past, it will be announced sometime in April and will likely include dates from August 27 through September 27. To be perfectly honest our plan was to wait until April, see when the dates of free dining were, if any, and then change our reservations to try to take advantage of the free dining.
The problem with that plan is that very soon I will be able to make dining reservations. One of the things we were thinking of doing as a large group is Hoop Dee Doo. I have to pay for that up front at the time of reservation. However, if I planned on using the dining plan to pay for this I would need to have the dining plan on my package which I currently don’t.
Should I put the dining plan on our package now and make our reservations accordingly? If I do, will I still be able to convert to free dining later on? If not, can I cancel the dining plan portion of the package and keep the reservations intact and pay for dinner shows and such at the time I cancel the dining plan, or do I lose previously made reservations if I cancel the dining plan?
I know this is sort of convoluted, but I hope you’re able to follow.
I don’t really want to pay for Hoop Dee Doo because it will be quite expensive for a group of 13 people. However, we would love to go if it means only using 2 dinners each from our dining plan as the dining plan really offers a ton of food.
I look forward to hearing the advice of all the experts here.
Lori - 199 days until arriving at WDW
1991, Off Property (5th Wedding Anniversary)
1995, Dixie Landings
1997, Dixie Landings
1999, Dixie Landings
2005, Port Orleans Riverside
2006, Wilderness Lodge (20th Wedding Anniversary)
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