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When it comes to add-ons, making your selections can be confusing, especially at Walt Disney World, where customization is the order of the day. Do you want a dining plan? What about park hopper tickets? Should you add Water Park Fun & More? The questions just keep coming.

While the type of tickets you should buy and whether or not to purchase a dining plan are highly individual decisions that depend on how you tour, other add-ons are a little easier to decide upon. Here we will take a look at the 5 add-ons that provide the most value for your money. Of course, whether or not you take advantage of them still rests on your personal tastes and budget.

1. Dining Packages

Candlelight Processional Image (c) Disney

The Disney Dining Plan, in all its variations, is something that only works out well for a relatively small portion of Walt Disney World visitors. The dining packages, however, can provide real value for a relatively low cost. They are sometimes offered for different events, but the two that the majority of people are familiar with are the Fantasmic Dining Package and the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

Both work the same way. For a set price, you will enjoy lunch or dinner at a table-service restaurant and then priority seating for the show. The Fantasmic Dining Package really isn’t necessary, except on extremely crowded nights, but if you plan to dine at the Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood and Vine, or Mama Melrose anyway, it allows you to avoid the crush of people waiting to get into the theater.

The Candlelight Processional Dining Package technically isn’t necessary either, but your only other options are to stand in a VERY long line outside the theater or simply watch from the back, behind the last row of seats. With the dining package, you are guaranteed a seat. Note that the time you dine will determine which performance you can attend. You can choose from a long list of table service restaurants, provided that you book early enough.

You can combine a Dining Package with a Dining Plan, using your credits. Paying out of pocket (a fixed price that varies by season) is also permitted.

2. Theme park view

A theme park view room lets you watch fireworks in comfort

If you’re already paying a premium to stay at a Disney Deluxe resort, then this one might not be worth it to you, especially if you plan to spend most of your time away from the room. If you are staying at a Downtown Disney partner hotel or another local property, however, this is a great value-added bonus. Most nearby locations charge only a few dollars extra (often $20-$30 per night, depending on the season) for an excellent view of the fireworks from at least one park. Some even have balconies where you can relax and enjoy the view in comfort.


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