The Disney Dining Plan: How It Works

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Much goes into planning a trip to Walt Disney World.  In addition to planning your route or booking plane tickets, guests also have to decide on what type of tickets to buy, what resort to stay at, what FastPass+ selections to make, as well as whether they want to attend any special events.  An additional consideration is where do guests want to dine during their vacation. One way that Disney makes it easier for families to enjoy their vacation is through the Disney Dining Plan.  Here are the basics on the Disney Dining Plan so you can figure out if it is right for you!

1. Different Levels

Very similar to the various levels of the resorts, Disney offers different levels to the Disney Dining Plan: the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan, and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.  Depending on the level guests choose, it allows them to redeem snack credits, quick service dining credits, and table service dining credits.  The Quick Service Plan allow guests to have two quick service meals and two snacks.  The middle-tier selection offers guests one quick service meal, one table service meal, and two snacks.  And the upper-level selection allows guests to enjoy three meals (table service or quick service) and two snacks.  Each of these levels offer guests flexibility in their dining choices and allows guests to carry over unused credits to other days (or borrow credits from upcoming days).

2. Food and Snacks

Regardless of the plan selected, guests have the option to enjoy full-size meals (entrees, sides, and a drink), as well as snacks on the go.  Guests can use these credits at their resort hotel or in the parks, so you can choose where and when to use the credits.  When dining, Disney makes it easy to see what snacks are covered as a snack selection with a helpful “Disney Dining Plan” icon next to the item on the menu. 

3. Refillable Mug

In addition to the credits associated with the plan you select, every member of your party using the Disney Dining Plan will be given a refillable mug that guests can use to get unlimited drinks at their resort — soda, coffee, and teas.  You can bring these mugs into the parks with you, too, but unfortunately cannot get refills while in the park.  This is a great way to quench your thirst, but can also be a great collectible and memory of your Disney trip as the artwork on these mugs change frequently!

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