Please note: Disney Dining Plans are currently suspended. They will be returning on January 9, 2024. More details can be found here.
Disney’s vacation packages let guests customize their vacation package and choose the recreation, ticket, and dining options to create a dream vacation. Guests can select vacation options that will save time and money, creating a truly personalized vacation! Also, when guests choose a Disney Package, they can add one of Disney’s Dining Packages. These packages offer guests the opportunity to save on the cost of dining. It also gives guests the chance to pay for their dining in advance and experience a more “all-inclusive” vacation.
Disney Dining Plans are available only as part of a package including a Walt Disney World Vacation Package. They must be purchased in advance. Minimum requirements are at least a 3-night stay at a Disney owned resort. The Dining Plan must also be purchased for everyone listed on the package, except for children under the age of three. Note – Disney Dining Plans are unavailable for Guests under the age of 3, but they may share from an adult plate at no extra charge, or an additional meal may be purchased from the menu. The price of the meal will be added to your bill.
Available Disney Dining Plans
Two Disney Dining Plans are available. Choose the perfect one for your touring style!
Enjoy a fast and easy meal plan option for those on the go all day. Guests are able to dine at a variety of Quick-Service locations and enjoy a casual meal. You can do this when ready to grab a bite to eat. Just order at a counter or register and enjoy—no dining reservations required!
Offers 2 Quick Service meals, 1 snack/nonalcoholic drink per person per night of the package stay, plus 1 Resort Refillable Drink Mug per person, per package. Quick Service Meals include 1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic beverage (Or for those over 21, one alcoholic beverage). Note- The non-alcoholic beverage that comes with the quick service meal may be substituted for any item that is an eligible snack at the location (this comes in handy when eating at the resorts and using your refillable mugs).
Specific number of meals and snacks are determined by the number of nights included in the package stay. For example, if you book a 4-night package with a Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, each Guest (ages 3 and up) in your party would receive 8 Quick-Service meals and 4 Snacks or Nonalcoholic Beverages—which can be used at any time during your 4-night stay.
Want to slow down a little and enjoy sit-down meals, including Character dining experiences? The Disney Dining Plan is the perfect choice. It will allow Guests to experience classic dining options at both Quick-Service and Table-Service restaurants.
Offers 1 Table Service Meal, 1 Quick Service Meal and 1 snack/nonalcoholic drink per person per night of the package stay, plus 1 Resort Refillable Drink Mug per person, per package. Table service meals for breakfast includes one entree and one non-alcoholic beverage (Or for those over 21, one alcoholic beverage) OR 1 buffet or family-style meal. For lunch and dinner, includes 1 entree, 1 dessert, and one non-alcoholic beverage (Or for those over 21, one alcoholic beverage) OR 1 buffet or family-style meal. Substitutions may be available in place of the dessert option, check with your server. Quick service meal includes 1 entree, and 1 non-alcoholic beverage (Or for those over 21, one alcoholic beverage).
For example, if you book a 4-night package with a Disney Dining Plan, each Guest (ages 3 and up) in your party would receive 4 Table-Service meals, 4 Quick-Service meals and 4 snacks or nonalcoholic beverages. These can be used at any time during your 4-night stay.
Important Information About The Disney Dining Plans
- Beverages are included with each meal. Those Guests under 21 years of age may choose from a variety of nonalcoholic beverages. Any Guests 21 and older with valid identification may also choose beer, wine and cocktails.
- Those Guests who are ages 3 to 9 must order from a children’s menu, where available.
- Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3 and up).
- Unused meals and snacks will roll over day to day and expire at midnight on day of checkout.
- Meals and snacks are nontransferable between party members.
Disney Dining Plans are Easy to Use
Using one of the Disney Dining Plans is very convenient, as dining plan credits are loaded onto a guests’ MagicBand or Resort room key. Guests present their MagicBand or room key to the cast member to “pay” for the meals using the dining plan, and dining credits are subtracted from the available credits.
Meal usage will be tracked electronically. Each time the dining plan is used, a receipt will indicate remaining meal credit balances. Guests can also visit a hotel lobby concierge at any time to check a meal plan balance.
Each member of your party has their MagicBand or room key; this makes the dining plan especially convenient for groups traveling together or parties with older children who may want to have some independence during the vacation. This allows each guest to have access to their meal credits by merely using either of these options.
Using and tracking the dining plan is even easier when you use the My Disney Experience app. Locations that use mobile ordering now allow you to use the Dining Plan through the app. You can check your remaining entitlements at any time through the “My Resort Stay” section of the app. You can also check your dining receipts, which list the remaining snacks and meals. In addition, you can also ask your Resort Concierge or Guest Relations.
Disney Dining Plans are Flexible
Choose the plan that works for you and choose how to use your dining credits. Guests can use meals and snacks credits in any combination until the total allotment of entitlements is depleted. Use 3 meal credits one day, 1 meal credit the next, and all of your snacks the third day. You decide!
Most “single-serve” food items at resort grab ‘n’ go markets, carts, kiosks, quick-service, and select merchandise locations across property can be purchased with a snack credit. All ice cream novelties and 1- or 2-scoop ice cream offerings not served in a souvenir container qualify as snacks. This even includes sundaes. All single serve non-alcoholic beverages not served in a souvenir container also qualify. You can even find confections in merchandise shops, bakeries, and candy stores that will qualify. It never hurts to ask.
Snack credits can also be used to purchase samples at international stands around World Showcase during the various EPCOT festivals. This includes the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays, and the EPCOT Festival of the Arts. Look for the Disney Dining Plan Snack Symbol to identify snack items available with Disney’s Dining Plan snack credit.
Note: Pre-bagged popcorn of any kind is not included in the Dining Plan.
Pay for Disney Dining Plans in Advance
Another advantage of Disney’s Dining Plans is the fact that you pay for this option in advance. Many guests report that it is a huge advantage to arrive at their vacation destination, with the majority of their vacation expenses paid in advance.
The cost of Disney Dining Plans is included in the package price. The entire package is paid for before the guest arrives. Disney’s Dining Plans must be purchased before arrival.
Save Money Using Disney Dining Plans
Many guests ask if they can save money by using one of Disney’s Dining Plans. The good news is that with a little planning, the potential for savings is great! Like with anything else, you need to do a little research to make the plan work for you. Dining can be one of the more expensive components of a vacation. Now you have the opportunity to save by using one of the dining plans.
Let us show you how you can save using Disney Dining Plans. To help you decide if you can save, we have created some scenarios that show how visitors can save using one of Disney’s Dining Plans.
Visit our Best Value for Quick Service Restaurants page for a list of the best value on the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan. Also check out our Best one Table Service Credit Value Restaurants page for a list of the best value on the Disney Dining Plan.
Other Things You Should Know About Disney Dining Plans
Disney’s Dining Plans are available to guests staying at a Disney Resort booking a Disney Vacation Package. (A reservation includes accommodations and other options). Guests staying at The Dolphin, The Swan, Shades of Green, and Disney Springs resorts are not able to add one of Disney’s dining plans to their reservation.
Special Disney vacation packages without tickets that include Disney’s Dining Packages are available to Walt Disney World Annual Passholders. Plus, Florida Residents have the option of purchasing a vacation package that includes discounted Florida Resident tickets and the option to add one of Disney’s Dining Plans. There is also a package available to the general public that includes resort accommodations, a dining plan, but no ticket. Ask your Disney travel agent to price out a room plus dining package.
Advance Dining Reservations are highly recommended at many of the participating table service restaurants. To book Advance Dining Reservations, call 1-407-WDW-DINE or book through the My Disney Experience app.
The dining plan starts as soon as you check into your resort. Even if you can’t check into your room right away, you can start using your dining credits immediately. Any credits that are not used by midnight on the day of check-out are lost.
Table Service entitlements can be used by your meal “guests” who are not included on your Disney Dining Plan. Example: A party of 4 guests on the Disney Dining Plan could use 1 additional entitlement for a guest in that party – making a total of 5 entitlements used for the group of 5 diners.
• Guests may use their table service credits in a Quick Serve location; however, Guests may not use their quick service credits in a table service restaurant.
• Guests may substitute one Meal credit (quick service or table service) for up to 3 eligible Snack plan items within the same transaction at Quick service restaurants and select merchandise locations
• A dessert or beverage from the Quick Service Meal credit can be substituted for any snack item on the menu within the same order.
• At Quick-Service locations, child meal credits can be used for an adult meal.
• At select table service locations only, a dessert may be substituted for a side salad, soup, or fruit plate if available.
• If using the Deluxe, Premium, and Platinum Plans, a child table service credit can be used to choose an adult entree. Please note those on the regular Disney Dining Plan with table service credits must use a child credit to order a child meal.
• 2 Table-Service meal credits per person may be exchanged for one of the following: 1 Signature Dining Experience; 1 Disney Dinner Show (category 2 or 3 seating; category 1 at last show of the evening); 1 Cinderella’s Royal Table or Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (lunch or dinner) or Story Book Dining at Artist Point or Be Our Guest Restaurant; or 1 In-Room Private Dining meal.
• Any leftover Snack entitlements can be used to purchase drinks and munchies for the trip home. Don’t forget; your leftover meal credits can be used to purchase snacks, too, with some restrictions (see above).
At Table Service restaurants, 18% gratuity will be added automatically for parties of six or more dining at Disney’s Table Service restaurants. A gratuity may also be added automatically on items you order that are not covered by your dining plan (e.g., alcoholic beverages). Automatic tips will be added to your resort bill for payment upon checkout. Parties of less than six can leave tips at the restaurant in percentages of their choosing.
Special dining events with special menus offered at specific table-service locations may not be included in the Disney Dining Plan.
The Disney Dining Plan is occasionally offered for free as a part of a Walt Disney World vacation package. Check here to see if it has been offered during your preferred dates in the past.
Disney Dining Plans are not available for children under three. Children (aged 3-9) must purchase the child’s dining plan and in many cases, order from the children’s menu when available. Adults (age 10 and over) must purchase the adult plan.
Refillable mugs are valid only during package stay at Quick-Service locations at your Disney Resort hotel. They only have unlimited refills during your stay. Mugs are not refilled in theme parks.
Merchandise or photo imaging products that “may” be offered at select character meals are not included. Merchandise such as special souvenir cups and glow cubes are not part of the dining plan.
TheMouseForLess Tip: Always check to see if a tip has been added to your bill and be sure not to tip twice. We’ve heard reports from guests who did not realize they were tipping twice or were surprised to see automatic gratuities show up on their final bill when checking out of their resorts.
If you have additional questions about Disney’s Dining Plans, we suggest that you book your trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner like The Magic for Less Travel, the official travel agency of The MouseForLess. The Magic for Less Travel has been designated by Disney as an Authorized Disney Planner. Their exclusive Magic Plus Concierge Service is provided free of charge. This service ensures that you will get the best service and the best pricing. Agents working with The Magic for Less Travel are happy to help you secure Advanced Dining Reservations and help you create the vacation of your dreams.