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Disney World Dining Plan Guide

 

Disney Dining Plan Overview

So what is the Disney Dining Plan? Disney created multiple Dining Plans that can be added to any Disney World vacation package. Disney Dining Plans are only needed for those 3 years old and older. With the Dining Plan, you pay for all your meals and food ahead of time and can spend your vacation focusing on your family! Many people enjoy knowing they have their dining pre-paid for, others like to know they will have great meals throughout the day, and others like to explore restaurant they wouldn’t traditionally visit. A great new perk of the Disney Dining Plans is that they include alcohol for those 21 years and older. There are four different Disney Dining Plans that we will discuss in greater detail below. 

Disney Dining Plan

Disney Quick Service Dining Plan 

The Quick Service Dining Plan is great for those families who don’t like sit down meals and want to eat on the fly.  This plan is also great for those who planned a last minute Disney vacation and don’t have those hard to get dining reservations!  This is what the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan includes for each night of your stay: 

  • 2 Quick Service Meals 
  • 2 Snacks/Non-alcoholic beverages
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug 

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All the Dining Plans also include a refillable resort mug to be used in the theme parks and resorts! Make sure to pack Carabiners to carry your resort mug on your backpack or purse! Most people don’t think of this but it will be a life saver! 

There are over 100 different Quick Service restaurants at Walt Disney World so there are plenty of amazing options to choose from.  The Quick Service Plan may be the right Dining plan for your family, get more information here!  

magic kingdom - casey corner
Casey’s Corner at the Magic Kingdom

Disney Dining Plan 

The Disney Dining Plan is the original Dining Plan and offers a great combination of casual and sit down dining! Many people like the flexibility of having a quick service meal but also have the comfort of knowing you have at least one great sit down meal everyday. The Disney Dining Plan gives you access to all the great restaurants Disney has to offer. Get more information on the Disney Dining Plan here

  • 1 Quick Service Meal 
  • 1 Table Service Meal 
  • 2 Snacks/Non-alcoholic beverages 
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

If your interested in character dining, these experiences will be available to you on this Dining Plan, the Plus, and Deluxe mentioned below! Some table service restaurants are considered “Signature Dining” and required two table service credits. To dine at these locations, you will need to do some math to make sure you use your credits appropriately.  Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest are two Disney World restaurants that are considered “Signature Dining”.

Table Service at Japan
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Disney Dining Plan Plus 

The Disney Dining Plan Plus offers ultimate flexibility for those who like to enjoy table service some meals and the convenience of quick service other meals. Instead of specified quick service and table service meals, you just receive “meal” credits. You have the flexibility to dine anywhere you want anytime you want. 

  • 2 meals 
  • 2 Snacks/Non-alcoholic beverages 
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

For more information on the Disney Dining Plan Plus, check the Disney guide here!

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Disney Deluxe Dining Plan 

If your an ultimate foodie and want to eat at the best Disney World restaurants, the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan is for your family.  On this plan, you will have multiple options to eat at table service restaurants everyday. This plan will add another level of luxury to your Disney vacation! 

  • 3 meals 
  • 2 Snacks/Non-alcoholic beverages 
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

This plan has luxury but flexibility. You can use your 3 meal credits at any combination of Quick Service and Table Service restaurants a day. For more info on the Disney Dining Deluxe Plan, check out the guide here

Cinderella's Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Photo by Magic Guides

What’s Included in the Dining Plan? 

The rules for whats included in each meal or snack are quite complex.  The specifics on whats included in each meal are detailed on the Disney’s Dining Guide. When having Quick Service meals, you will receive an entree and beverage, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. 

For a Table Service breakfast, you will receive an entree and beverage. Table service lunch and dinner come with an entree, dessert, and beverage. 

As far as alcoholic beverage for those 21 years and older, you will receive a single serve beverage like beer, wine, mixed drinks, or specialty cocktails. 

Regarding non-alcoholic beverages, you will receive a single serve beverage such as milkshakes, smoothies, hot chocolate, soda, tea or coffee. 

Each day, you will also receive two snack credits to use at quick service locations, outdoor carts, or other merchandise locations.  Snack credits are only single serve items, nothing containing multiple servings. These are common snack credit options:

  • Popcorn 
  • Frozen novelty ice cream
  • Coffee or tea
  • Piece of fruit
  • Bag of snacks 
  • Bottle of Coke
  • Fountain Soda

magic kingdom snack - mickey pretzel

While the Dining Plan covers the cost of your meal or snack, gratuities are not included with your Dining Plan. The only thing you will need to pay out of pocket at Disney is the tips! 

How To Use the Disney Dining Plan While at Disney 

While dining at any restaurant at Disney World, the cashier or server will ask if you are using the Dining Plan. If your using the Dining Plan, you will just need to present your Magic Band or resort card to the cashier or server. You will need to specify the number of meals or snacks being purchased. 

To keep track of your credits, check the bottom of any Disney Dining receipt, ask your resort concierge, or check your My Disney Experience App.  


 

The Disney Dining Plan adds another level of magic to your Disney vacation! Forgot about the price of meals or snacks and focus on having the best time with your family. Check out all the best restaurants at Disney World  and our review of the best restaurants at Epcot

Prepping for your Disney World vacation? Make sure to get the best backpack to carry to all your stuff. You’ll be glad you grabbed a great bag! 

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5 thoughts on “Disney World Dining Plan Guide

  1. Great blog post! My hubby and I are disney fanatics ourselves and planning our 2nd trip to WDW in a year and a half! (We live on the west coast so we go to disneyland every couple months)

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