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Disney Dining Plan

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 below:

2016 Plans
     
DDP Logo Small Quick Service Dining Plan
2 QS Meals
1 Snack
1 Refillable Mug


Disney Dining Plan
1 QS Meal
1 TS Meal
1 Snack
1 Refillable Mug


Deluxe Dining Plan
3 Meals (QS or TS)
2 Snacks
1 Refillable Mug


Premium Dining Plan

Platinum Dining Plan
DDP Logo Small
     
2017 Plans
     
DDP Logo Small Quick Service Dining Plan

Disney Dining Plan

Deluxe Dining Plan
DDP Logo Small
     
 

 

2016 Pricing
Plan Type Per Adult (age 10+) per night Per Child (3-9) per night
Quick Service Plan $44.13 $19.04
Regular Dining Plan $63.70 $22.85
Deluxe Dining Plan $115.08 $35.49

2016 Pricing will be in effect for reservations beginning no later than 12/31/2016.

Overview:

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 reservation.

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 restaurants. 

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 discount program.

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 their reservation.

Cape May Cafe-Breakfast Buffet

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 date.

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 day.

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.

Exclusions:

Gratuities/service charges for Table Service meals are excluded. Suggested gratuity amounts will be printed on each applicable meal receipt.

Dessert is excluded from all Breakfast Meals.

The following items are excluded from the Disney Dining Plan at all locations:
Alcoholic Drinks
Merchandise and Photo Imaging
Souvenir drinks
In-room mini-bar items


The following items are excluded from the Disney Dining Plan at most locations:
Glow Ice Cube Drinks
Specialty Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Entrée add-on's
Sampler Platters
Dessert Platters

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 control.

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 it?

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 Deluxe).

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!

 

 

 
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