The Disney Dining Plan is an available
add-on option to the
Magic Your Way Vacation Package. This package add-on allots guests a
number of pre-paid meal credits per guest, per night stay on their Magic Your
Way package. Guests are able to redeem their credits for complete meals at
over 100 restaurants across the Walt Disney World resort.
To view the current Disney Dining Plan details, including
plan components and participating restaurants, click the applicable link
Per Adult (age 10+) per night
Per Child (3-9) per night
Quick Service Plan
Regular Dining Plan
Deluxe Dining Plan
2016 Pricing will be in effect
for reservations beginning no later than 12/31/2016.
The Disney Dining Plan is available to Disney Resort guests who have booked
a package including room and theme park tickets.*
Everyone on the room reservation must have the same package components, so
this means that everyone must purchase the dining plan. In addition, the
dining plan must be purchased for the same number of nights as the room
The plan can not be purchased for Guests under the age of 3. However, guests
under the age of 3 eat free at all Disney buffets and family style
Guests staying at the Walt Disney World Swan, Walt Disney World Dolphin,
Shades of Green Hotel, and Downtown Disney Resort Area Official Hotels are
not eligible to purchase the plan.
Disney Vacation Club Members are eligible to purchase the Disney Dining Plan
at the add-on price per guest when staying at a Disney Vacation Club Resort
at Walt Disney World (this excludes Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and
Disney's Vero Beach Resort) with-out purchasing a vacation package.
In addition, the Dining Plan may be purchased as an "add on" for
military members who have booked a room using the Armed Forces Salute
Members must book the Dining Plan in advance of arrival and it must be
purchased for the entire travel party (ages 3 and over) for the entire
length of stay.
Disney Vacation Club Members can call Member Services to add the plan to
How it works:
Each Guest on the package receives
a number of meal credits per night of the package stay. See individual
plan sections for the number and type of meal credits allotted to each
Guest per night of the package stay.
Credits become valid at the time of Check-In at the guest's Disney
resort. All unused credits expire at midnight on the guests' check out
Meal credits can be redeemed in any order the guest wishes. There is no
restriction on which type or how may credits a guest may redeem each
Meals can be redeemed at any participating restaurant.
To redeem a meal, guests scan their magic bands or room key at the
register of counter service locations. At table service restaurants, servers
will begin the meal by asking if guests are on the dining plan. When the
check comes, the server will present a handheld device for guests to touch
their magic band to, to collect "payment." A standard restaurant receipt
will be generated, and guests can fill in the tip amount and sign, which
will charge the tip to their room, or leave cash.
Two Table-Service Meals (per guest) are required for 1 Signature Dining
Experience, 1 Disney Dinner Show (category 2 or 3 seating) or 1 Private
Dining meal. See the participating restaurant listing for specific
locations requiring two table service credits per Guest.
2 Adult Table Service meals may be exchanged for In-Room Delivery of 1
Pizza Meal, and 4 Adult Table Service meals may be exchanged for In-Room
Delivery of 1 Deluxe Pizza Meal at select locations. A Pizza Meal
includes 1 large 16 inch pizza plus one 2 liter beverage and two deserts
feeding 2 individuals and a Deluxe Resort Pizza Meal includes 1 large 16
inch pizza, two non-alcoholic beverages, and two desserts feeding 2
individuals. See the participating restaurant listing for specific
locations offering this meal option.
A balance of meal credits for the entire vacation package will be
printed on most receipts after meal redemption. Guests can retrieve a
printed, current balance from their hotel's Guest Services at any time
during their vacation.
Redeeming Meal Credits:
Most locations have the available dining plan snack items marked on their
menu with the Disney Dining Plan logo.
Snack credits can be redeemed at quick service or snack cart locations only.
Credits may not be used to redeemed meals for guests not vacationing on the
credit holders vacation package.
Children 3-9 must choose from the child's menu, if available.
Children's credits may not be redeemed for adult meals.
Guests under the age of 3 may share from an adult plate redeemed on the plan
at no charge.
Alcohol and other items not covered by the plan can be purchased at an
additional cost during a meal.
Dining Tax and Holiday Premium charges are included in the cost of the
Disney Dining Plans when applicable.
Gratuities/service charges for Table Service meals are
excluded. Suggested gratuity amounts will be printed on each applicable meal
Dessert is excluded from all Breakfast Meals.
The following items are excluded from the Disney Dining Plan at all
Merchandise and Photo Imaging
In-room mini-bar items
The following items are excluded from the Disney Dining Plan at most
Glow Ice Cube Drinks
Specialty Non-Alcoholic Drinks
An additional surcharge will apply at table service
restaurants for a single entree that exceeds $75 in price.
Although most restaurant-specific exclusions are minor, individual locations
can vary whether or not individual menus items are excluded from the dining
plans from seating to seating. Guests are encouraged to check with their
server prior to ordering for any menu items excluded from the plan at their
time of meal.
Everyone in the room must
be on the same package plan and ticket options. All passes must be used
within 14 days of first use.
Disney Dining Plan is based on the length of your package stay at your
Disney Resort Hotel. The owners of the Walt Disney World® Resort shall not
be responsible for the non-utilization of package components due to
refurbishing, capacity, inclement weather, or any circumstance beyond their
Disney Dining Plan may not be sold separately, transferred, refunded or
redeemed for cash in whole or in part. Theme Park admission is required for
some dining locations. Advanced Dining Reservations may be required at some
participating restaurants. Operating hours, menus, entertainment,
Characters, participating locations, components and terms are subject to
change without notice.
Is it worth
There is no easy answer to this
question. There are many variables that must be considered, such as: the
appetites of your traveling party, the ages of your kids (if any), your
theme park touring preferences, and your dining habits, and your budget.
While many guests feel that the Dining Plans save them money, there are an
equal number of guests who do not feel there is enough savings to justify
dealing with the plan's restrictions. There are a few things to keep in
mind, however, when trying to decide whether a dining plan will be a good
fit for your trip.
1. Do you frequent
Character Meals or all-you-care-to-eat buffets? If the answer
is yes, then the Dining Plan may be for you! These types of meals are some
of Disney World's most expensive, and if you plan to do several during your
trip, you will likely come out ahead by using the Dining Plan (Regular or
2. Do you need a sit
down breakfast every day?
If yes, the Disney Dining plans
may not be for you, unless you want to splurge on the Deluxe Dining Plan.
Breakfast is usually a fairly inexpensive meal (excluding character
breakfasts). By using a Table Service credit on breakfast, you are
definitely NOT getting full value out of your dining plan, and you would
likely be better off paying out of pocket for your dining.
3. Do you require 3 full
meals a day?
If yes, then you may want to look into either
the Quick Service or Deluxe Dining plan. The Regular dining plan only
provides 2 TS meals and one snack per day. This leaves an additional meal
that you must then pay out of pocket for.
4. Do you like ordering
appetizers or splitting meals?
If so, the Disney Dining
Plan will likely cost more than paying out of pocket. Often, appetizers are
large, and two people can easily share most meals at table service
locations. Splitting meals and/or ordering smaller meals consisting of
appetizers and soups/salads can be more easily accomplished when you pay out
of pocket, as the dining plans often exclude appetizers and salads/soups.
5. Do you always order
the most expensive entree on the menu?
If this is you,
then the Dining Plan will most likely save you money, and will be a good
idea for your trip. If you tend to order either vegetarian dishes or chicken
dishes, you may want to think twice before purchasing a dining plan, as
these dishes are often a poor value on the plans.
6. Are you traveling
with a large group?
If yes, then the Dining Plans will
likely save you many headaches, and you should highly consider it simply to
make your trip easier. When a large group is all on the dining plan, since
meals have been prepaid, there is no need to split the check, or figure out
who owes what. It is very easy to manage payments at counter service
locations as well, and even kids can scan their bands and deduct credits,
making everything accessible. However, keep in mind that an 18% gratuity is
automatic for parties of 8 or more, so you will have to budget accordingly
and include tips in your calculations.
7. Do you like dessert?
You'd better have a sweet tooth if you purchase a Dining Plan! All plans
include dessert for every meal, and you cannot usually substitute the sweet
treat for something else. Often, these desserts are prepackaged or in a cup,
and not the best in terms of quality or taste. Although you can use Snack
credits for many more delicious and iconic Disney treats (Mickey Premium Ice
Cream bar, anyone?), it ends up being a LOT of dessert. Better keep your
dentist on speed dial!