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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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1. Order “Smart” Depending on your budget and eating habits, you will want to order accordingly. If you purchase the Disney Dining Plan, do the math ahead of time to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck. Admittedly, the plan is expensive upfront so make a point to order more expensive/high-quality menu items. For example, consider dining ...

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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2. Know When You Can Make Advance Dining Reservations When planning a table-service meal, reservations are a must. Advance Dining Reservations can be made 180 days in advance of your trip. Additionally, if you’re staying on property, you receive a 10- day head start. (This can be the deal breaker in scoring that elusive ADR!) Keep in mind that while ...

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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3. Be Familiar With the Various Dining Venues Regarding your dining selections, it is important to not only know which restaurants are available. You also need to know which categories they fall into! Around the WDW resort, you will find snack vendors, quick service venues (counter-service fast food), table service venues (sit-down restaurants), buffets, character meals, and Signature Dining locations ...

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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4. Understand the Dining Plan Credit System If you buy into the plan, you will pay one set price and be allotted a number of credits. Depending on the type of plan, you will receive credits specifically for snacks, quick service meals, and table service restaurants. (Please note, some of the fancier table service restaurants and character meals may cost ...

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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5. Determine if You Can Purchase the Plan Can all WDW guests purchase the Disney Dining Plan? Almost! All guests staying in Disney hotels, members of the Disney Vacation Club, and Annual Pass Holders are eligible to purchase this feature. Again, don’t fret if you don’t fall into any of these categories. You are still more than welcome to feast ...

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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6. Understand Why People Purchase the Plan The biggest draw to purchasing the dining plan is convenience. By purchasing this plan, you theoretically will never have to handle cash during the trip when you’re dining. The plan will simply be linked to your MagicBand or physical park ticket. (Keep in mind though, convenience comes at a cost!)

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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7. Understand the Disney Dining Plan You may wonder what this is. Simply put, it is a pre-paid plan that allows guests to pay for the majority of their food and beverages in advance. There are different variations of the plan to choose from based on your dining preferences. Some versions of the plan only include access to “on-the-go” quick ...

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What You Must Know When Dining at Walt Disney World

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While Walt Disney World vacations are the most magical, no one can claim that they are the easiest to plan. Everything from your hotel arrangements to FastPass+ reservations should be settled months in advance. This counts for dining as well. To help you plan your meals accordingly, we are here to explain the basics of chowing down on Disney property. ...

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