Disney Dining Plan Information and Examples
The Disney Dining Plan has several levels. Disney’s “standard” Dining Plan (simply named The Disney Dining Plan) offers an easy and affordable way to choose snacks and meals throughout Walt Disney World Resort. This Disney Dining Plan includes table-service choices so guests can sample some of Disney’s finer dining options as well as Character Dining! From contemporary to casual, elegant to enchanting, you’ll find a great meal that fits your style and schedule. According to Disney this plan saves 15% per adult on dining! Other dining plans available are Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan, and Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan.
Guests are able to choose from several new beverage options including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.
Alcoholic beverages can only be ordered with adult meal entitlements by Guests 21 and older. Alcoholic beverages cannot be ordered with child meal entitlements, even by Guests 21 and older. Guests younger than 21 may only order non-alcoholic beverages. Walt Disney World policy does not allow service of more than two alcoholic drinks per Guest 21 and older.
Items that are included:
- Canned and bottled single-serving non-alcoholic beverages
- Any size single-serving fountain soda (refills included, where available)
- Single-serving non-alcoholic specialty beverages (smoothies, milkshakes, frozen coffees, slushies, etc.)
- Single-serving brewed coffees and teas (refills included, where available)
- Single serving canned or bottled beer
- Single-serving regular size draft beer
- Single-serving wines by the glass or single-serving canned and bottled wines
- Single-serving canned and bottled cocktails
- Single-serving specialty cocktails on the menu
- Single-serving non-alcoholic specialty beverage that is also on the alcoholic menu (ie: Strawberry smoothie with dark rum.)
Items that are excluded include:
- Any item served in a souvenir container and any souvenir item considered to be merchandise. The dining location should offer a non-souvenir offering of the beverage and have a price for Guests to purchase the souvenir mug if they desire.
- Any item that is not a single serving, such as bottles of wine, pitchers, etc.
- Doubles or floaters and flights
- Spirits in the Ultra-Premium category at dining locations
- select premium wines sold by the ounce
- Select wines by the glass
There is no credit available to upgrade a beverage not included in the plan. The Guest must choose available beverages or they pay full price for the beverage that’s not included.
For 2018, the Standard Disney Dining Plan prices are per person per night. Child rates are for ages 3 to 9.
• Adults: $75.49
• Child: $25.80
2018 Standard Disney Dining Plan
|1 Table Service Meal||Full buffet & alcoholic (age 21 and over) or non-alcoholic beverage|
Entree, alcoholic (age 21 and over) or non-alcoholic beverage & dessert (except at breakfast)
|1 Quick Service Meal||One entree and one non-alcoholic or alcoholic (age 21 and over) beverage for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
OR one complete combo meal
|2 Snacks||Choose from:|
- Frozen ice-cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
- Single Scoop Box of popcorn
- Single size bag of snacks
- One 20oz bottle of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite or Dansani water
- One 22oz fountain drink
- Single piece whole fruit
- Single packaged milk or juice
- 12 oz coffee, hot chocolate or tea
- Other designated snack item
|1 Resort Refillable Drink Mug||One per person age 3+ on package reservation|
Using Table Service Credits
Table service credits may be used in many different combinations, at over 100 participating restaurants on Walt Disney World Property. Below is a list of some of the ways guests may use Table Service credits.
Character Dining: 1 Table Service meal may be exchanged for 1 Character Dining Experience. (Meals at Cinderella’s Royal Table Require 2 Table Service Credits.)
Signature Dining and Dinner Shows: 2 Table Service meals may be exchanged for one of the following: 1 Signature Dining Experience at one of Disney’s finest restaurants; 1 Disney Dinner Show – category 2 or 3 seating at any dinner show or category 1 seating for the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue’s last show of the evening only; 1 Cinderella’s Royal Table Experience; or 1 In-Room Private Dining meal at Deluxe Resorts.
Private Dining/Pizza Delivery: Private in-room dining meals includes an entrée, nonalcoholic drink, and dessert for lunch & dinner. Breakfast also includes juice. Pizza delivery includes one pizza, two non-alcoholic beverages and two desserts. Gratuities are included. Both are two-credit dining options, although Adult credits only must be used for Pizza delivery.
Gratuities: Gratuities are not included for table service, signature restaurants, and character meals. Gratuities are included for Dinner Shows, Private in-room dining, Pizza Delivery, and Cinderella’s Royal Table. Automatic gratuities of 18% will be added for parties of six or more to be paid by guest upon completion of meal
Here is a Disney Dining Plan Tracker in Excel format, to help you with your meal planning (thanks to Carys for sharing this useful tool).
Ways to Save with the Disney Dining Plan
The MouseForLess Shows You How to Save!
Guests using this package can save on their dining expenses by using Disney’s Dining Plan. The examples below demonstrate the potential savings for a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children ages 9 and under, but parties of other sizes and ages may see similar savings.
Example #1 – 2018 Standard Dining Plan
Breakfast – Fountain View Starbucks
Using 2 Snack Credits per person
Adult Guest #1- Double Chocolate Chip Frappe- Venti (5.79) Everything Croissant (3.69)
Adult Guest #2- Caramel Macchiato – Venti (5.79) Mocha Brownie (4.79)
Child Guest #3- Strawberry Smoothie (4.99) Cheese Danish (3.59)
Child Guest #4- Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher (4.99) Blueberry Yogurt Muffin (3.29)
Meal Total: $36.92
Lunch – Sunshine Season Food Fair
Using 1 Quick Service Credit Per Person
Adult #1 Pork Loin(13.99) Alcoholic Drink (7.75)
Adult #2 Oak-Grilled Salmon (13.49) Alcoholic Drink (7.75)
Child #1 Kid’s Salmon (7.29)
Child #2 Kid’s Chicken Drumstick (6.99)
Meal Total $57.26
Dinner – Chefs de France
Using 1 Table Service Credit Per Person
Adult #1 – Filet de boef grille (35.99) Cygne au chocolat (9.75) Alcoholic Drink (10.00)
Adult #2 – Canard aux cerises (32.99) Creme Brulee (9.75) Alcoholic Drink (10.00)
Child #1 – Filet de Saumon (10.00) Choix de Glace (4.00) Sparkling Limonade (5.50)
Child #2 – Croquette De Boeuf (9.50) Choix de Glace (4.00) Orange Soda (5.50)
Meal Total: $146.98
Example #1 Totals
Total cost if paid out of pocket: $243.26
Total paid for Disney’s Dining Plan: $202.58
Total saved per day by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $40.68
Breakfast – Be Our Guest Restaurant
Uses 1 Quick Service Credit Per Person
Adult #1- Croque Madame (25.00) Drink (3.29)
Adult #2- Vegetable Quiche (25.00) Drink (3.29)
Child #1- Crepes (14.00)
Child #2- French Toast (14.00)
Meal Total: $84.58
Lunch – Starbucks Main Street Bakery
Uses 1 Snack Credit Per Person
Adult Guest #1- Double Chocolate Chip Frappe- Venti (5.79)
Adult Guest #2- Caramel Macchiato – Venti (5.79)
Child Guest #3- Strawberry Smoothie (4.99)
Child Guest #4- Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher (4.99)
Meal Total: $21.56
Snack – Aloha Isle
Uses 1 Snack Credit Per Person
Adult Guest #1- Pineapple Float (5.49)
Adult Guest #2- Pineapple Float (5.49)
Child Guest #3- Pineapple DOLE WHIP® Cup (4.49)
Child Guest #4- Pineapple DOLE WHIP® Cup (4.49)
Meal Total: $19.96
Dinner – Ohana
Uses 1 Table Service Credit Per Person
Adult #1 – Buffet (46.00) Alcoholic Drink (10.00)
Adult #2 -Buffet (46.00) Alcoholic Drink (10.00)
Child #1 – Buffet (26.00)
Child #2 – Buffet (26.00)
Meal Total: $164.00
Example #2 Totals
Total cost if paid out of pocket: $290.10
Total paid for Disney’s Dining Plan: $202.58
Total saved per day by using Disney’s Dining Plan: $87.52
As you can see using the Disney Dining Plan can help guests save a significant amount. Have some fun and play around with the menus in our section to see how you could save using Disney’s Dining Plan. You also may want to consider exploring Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan, and Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan.
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 named by Disney an Authorized Disney Planner. Their exclusive Magic Plus Concierge Service is provided free of charge to every guest. 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.
Visit our Best Value for Quick Service Restaurants page for a list of best restaurants on the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan, and our Best One Table Service Credit Restaurants page for the best restaurants on the Disney Plus Dining and Deluxe Dining plans.