Disney Dining Plan

There’s so much more to a Walt Disney World® vacation than just theme parks and resorts.  One of the highlights of any trip to Disney is the “experience” of Disney dining.  Top chefs create magical meals to tempt any palate, and the Disney Imagineers create experiences for any taste.  Whether you want to meet the many characters, enjoy a quiet peaceful dinner, sit in a convertible in a drive-in movie theater, hang with your “relatives” in a 1950’s Formica-filled kitchen, or have your own personal Japanese chef prepare your evening’s pleasure, these and many other experiences await you as part of the dining opportunities.

To make it easier on the planning, budget, and comfort of guests staying at any of the Walt Disney World® resorts, Disney has created the Disney Dining Plan.  This is a convenient way to pre-pay for your dining experiences, and in most cases, at a discounted rate.  With several different versions of the plan available, the general concept is as follows:  for each night’s stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort, each guest ages 3 and over will receive a certain amount of credits toward meals and snacks during their stay, depending on the plan they choose.

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Components of the Plans

The best place to start is to understand what is included in each plan.  All of the plans contain any of these 3 components:

Table Service Meals – These are restaurants where you are seated by a host or hostess, served by a waiter/waitress, and either order from a menu or have access to a full buffet.  You also pay the server at the end of the meal.  These are the restaurants that either are considered fine dining, or “themed” (character meals, unique surroundings, activities for kids, etc).  It is generally recommended that you make advance dining reservations for these locations.  Many are so popular that they sell out 180 days in advance. Your Disney Vacation Planner from My Mickey Vacation Travel will not only make suggestions for your dining experiences, but also make your reservations for you.

Counter Service Meals – Also known as Quick Service, these are locations where you place your order with a cashier, and then pick up your food on a tray at the counter.  You will also be responsible for clearing your own table.  There is no waiter or waitress service, and no reservations are required.  However, your Disney Vacation Planner with My Mickey Vacation Travel will suggest the best of these locations in your plan documents.

Snacks – These are quick bites that fill the gaps between meals.  There are literally hundreds of snack options, ranging from a bottle of water (which we NEVER recommend using a snack credit for) up to and including homemade chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches (mmmmmm).  Notated by a little puple and white symbol on the menu boards, some snack items include cupcakes, muffins, cookies, pretzels, popcorn, bakery items, Dole Whips, and much much more.  Your Disney Vacation Planner will give you a list of the best options for your snack credits.

The Dining Plans

There are several different plans available.  A host of reasons come into play when deciding which plan works best for you and your family.  Your Disney Vacation Planner at My Mickey Vacation Travel will help you determine which plan works best for you.

The Quick Service Plan.  Includes per guest, per night’s stay:

  • 2 Quick Service Meals (entree and/or combo meal, and non-alcoholic beverage)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Resort Mug per person per package (to be used at the resort only)

Cost:

2017:  $48.19 per night per adult (ages 10 and up), $20.88 per night for children (ages 3-9) – tax included

2018:  $52.50 per night per adult (ages 10 and up), $21.74 per night for children (ages 3-9) – tax included

 

** A change in this plan for 2018:

Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service meal entitlement.

The Standard Dining Plan. This is the most popular of all the dining plans.  Includes per guest, per night’s stay:

  • 1 Quick Service Meal (entree and/or combo meal and non-alcoholic beverage)
  • 1 Table Service Meal (entrée, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and non-alcoholic beverage, or, if eating at a buffet, the full buffet)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Resort Mug per person per package (to be used at the resort only)

Cost:

2017:  Value and Regular Season – $69.35 per night ages 10 and up; $24.95 per night age 3 to 9; Peak Season – additional costs may apply – tax included

2018:  Value and Regular Season – $75.49 per night ages 10 and up; $25.75 per night age 3 to 9; Peak Season – additional costs may apply – tax included

 

** New for 2018:

Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service meal entitlement.

The Deluxe Dining Plan.  Includes per guest, per night’s stay:

  • 3 table service or quick service meals
    • Quick Service meals include entree and/or combo meal, dessert at lunch and dinner, and non-alcoholic beverage
    • Table Service meals include entree, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and non-alcoholic beverage, or, if eating at a buffet, the full buffet)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Resort Mug per person per package (to be used at the resort only

Cost:  Value and Regular Season
2017 – $106.68 per night ages 10 and up; $38.75 per night ages 3 to 9 – tax included; Peak Season – additional costs may apply

2018 – $116.25 p er night ages 10 and up; $39.99 per night ages 3 to 9 – tax included;  Peak Season – additional costs may apply

**  New for 2018:

Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service meal entitlement.

These are the 3 main dining plans.  There are other options available which bundle various activities such as golfing, La Nouba, and more.  Please ask your Disney Vacation Planner with My Mickey Vacation Travel for these information on these other exciting options.

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Notes:

The total number of meals/snacks available during a guest’s stay are determined through the use of credits.  Example:  4 guests x 5 nights stay on the Standard Dining Plan would equal 20 table service credits, 20 quick service credits, and 20 snack credits.

Credits can be used in any combination or at any time during the stay.  Example:  A guest can utilize 7 snack credits on their first day.  This will leave 13 credits for the balance of their trip.  2nd example: The guests did not have any reservations for their first day, so they used quick service for both lunch and dinner on the first day.  This used 8 credits (4 guests x 2 meals each), leaving 12 for the balance of their stay.

1 table service credit can be used toward Character Meal Experiences, with the exception of Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom, which uses 2 credits per person.

2 table service credits are used when dining at a Signature Dining experience, any of the the dinner shows, for one room service meal, or for a 1-pizza 2-person single-serving non-alcoholic beverage and 2 dessert pizza delivery.

Remember, your Dream Designer at My Mickey Vacation Travel is experienced and well-versed in the dining plans, experiences, and menus at the various Disney restaurants.  You can be confident that we will find the experiences that meet the desires of your family.