Should I Get A Disney Dining Plans at Walt Disney World Resort?

The very popular Disney Disney Plans are back at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from 9th January 2024.  Whether you prefer quick service meals or a more relaxed dining experience, there are options for everyone.  The dining plans are a great way to budget and pre-pay for your meals when you’re staying at Disney World.

But, is a Dining Plan right for you?  And if so, which is better the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan or Disney Dining Plan?  Grab a cup of Joffrey’s Coffee and read on as we explain all with our guide to the Disney Dining Plans.

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Iconic snacks - Mickey Pretzels!
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Amazing Dining Experiences At Walt Disney World

With over 200 places to dine, you’ll be amazed at the wide choice of tasty treats you can indulge in. Experience classic dining options, character meals, perfect pasta, fine dining, themed snacks, or even enjoy dining at a dinner show – the choice is yours.

What Is The Disney Dining Plan?

Firstly, you can only add a Disney Dining Plan to a Disney Resort Hotel package.  That means you must be staying at a Disney hotel.  Dining plans are not available if you’re staying off-site.  You can also only purchase a dining plan if you’re arriving on 9th January 2024 or after.

There are 2 tiers of the Disney Dining Plan to choose from – the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan & Disney Dining Plan.  Although the names are quite similar, there’s quite a big difference between the two.  We’ll go into more detail about the differences soon.

The Disney Dining Plans are a prepaid meal plan that includes snacks, drinks, and meals.  Instead of paying out of pocket for every meal or snack whilst at Disney, you’ve already paid so you can relax and enjoy the parks without having to whip out your credit card.  It allows families to budget in advance for their meals and provides convenience and flexibility during their Walt Disney World holiday.

When you purchase a Disney Dining Plan, you receive a set number of meal credits and snack credits, depending on the level of plan you choose. Each credit can be redeemed for a variety of food and beverage options at select dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Family dining in Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas—Kidani Village
Family dining in Sanaa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas—Kidani Village

How Do Disney Dining Plans Work?

The Disney Dining Plan works on a simple credit system. Depending on the plan you choose, you will receive a certain number of credits per person, per night of your stay. These credits can be redeemed at any participating restaurant on Disney property.

Depending on your plan, each meal credit can be used for:

  • one quick-service meal which includes an entree (main meal) and a drink
  • or one table-service meal which includes an entree (main meal), dessert, and drink

Some table-service restaurants also offer character dining experiences, where you can meet with beloved Disney characters.

In addition to meal credits, you will also receive snack credits, which can be used for a wide range of snacks and drinks available at various locations throughout the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. Snack options include popcorn, ice cream, pretzels, and of course, the world-famous Mickey Bars!

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What’s The Difference Between The Two Disney Dining Plans?

Let’s start with what’s the same.  Both plans give you 1 snack per night.  So if you’re staying for 10 nights, you’ll get 10 snack credits to use anytime during your stay. 

On either plan, you’ll also get one of the super cool Resort Refillable Mugs (worth around $22).  These can be used at self-service beverage stations located at your Disney Resort hotel. This means you can enjoy unlimited refills of coffee, tea, soda, and more, throughout your stay.  These will only work at Disney Resort hotels at the refill stations and not anywhere else such as the theme parks, Disney Springs or water parks.

Each plan will also include at least one Quick Service meal & drink.  Where they differ is with the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan you’ll get 2 per night and with Disney Dining Plan you’ll get one.  The second meal on the Disney Dining Plan is a table service meal.  Other than that, the plans are exactly the same.

Enjoy table services restaurants on the Disney Dining Plan

Disney Dining Plan

At a Glance

Per guest (ages 3 and over), per night of your stay:

Table-Service or Buffet Meal With A Drink

Quick-Service Meal With A Drink

Selected snack or drink

Plus, a Resort Refillable Mug giving you free drinks at self-service beverage islands at any Disney Resort hotel Quick-Service location

Disney Dining Plan Explained

£77.99 per adult, £24.99 per child, per night

If you prefer a more leisurely pace and want to enjoy table-service meals along with quick service options, then the Disney Dining Plan is the perfect choice for you.

With the Disney Dining Plan, you can enjoy a combination of both quick-service and table-service meals. This means you can indulge in character dining experiences, themed restaurants, and upscale dining options throughout your trip. Reservations are highly recommended for table-service meals, ensuring you have a guaranteed seat at some of the most popular dining locations.

With the Disney Dining Plan includes one quick service meal, one table service meal and one snack per night of stay, and a resort refillable mug.

One crucial detail to note is that gratuities are not included in the Disney Dining Plan at table-service and buffet restaurants. While your meals and snacks are covered by the plan, it’s important to remember that you’ll need to plan and budget separately for gratuities. This ensures that you can show appreciation for the excellent service you receive from Disney’s dedicated cast members.

The table service meal allows you to sit down and be served by a waiter or waitress at select restaurants. These meals offer a variety of cuisines including character dining, tasty buffets and family-style dining with live entertainment.  It’s a great way to enjoy a meal while taking a break from the excitement of the parks.   A few signature restaurants require 2 table-service credits.

Advance dining reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.  Disney Resort hotel guests can also book for up to 10 days of their stay at once.  And remember, when you book your Walt Disney World holiday with Orlando Insider, we’ll take care of all your restaurant reservations for you.  Think of all the time and hassle you’ll save!

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

At a Glance

Per guest (ages 3 and over), per night of your stay:

Quick-Service Meals With A Drink

Selected snack or drink

Plus, a Resort Refillable Mug giving you free drinks at self-service beverage islands at any Disney Resort hotel Quick-Service location

Eat at quick-service restaurants on the Disney Dining Plan 2024

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan Explained

£47.99 per adult, £19.99 per child, per night

If you and your family prefer quick meals without the need for reservations, the Quick-Service Plan is the perfect choice for you. It’s the fast and easy meal plan designed for those who want flexibility and convenience while on-the-go.

With the Disney Dining Plan includes two quick service meals and one snack per night of stay, and a resort refillable mug.

With the Quick Service Dining Plan, you can enjoy delicious meals at quick-service restaurants throughout the Disney parks and resorts. No need to waste time making reservations or waiting for a table – simply order your meal and find a seat to enjoy it.

What sets this plan apart is its versatility. You can use your dining credits for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, allowing you to plan your meals according to your schedule. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite before heading off to a thrilling attraction or enjoying a leisurely meal during a break, this plan offers the flexibility to fit your day.

No one makes drinks like Gaston
No one makes drinks like Gaston

Which Drinks Are Included?

When using either your Quick-Service or Table-Service Meal credit, you’ll get one refreshing drink at your Disney World restaurant.

Fancy a fancy milkshake? They’ve got it. Craving a fresh and fruity smoothie? Look no further. Want to pretend you’re sipping on a fancy cocktail without the buzz? They’ve got mocktails just for you. And of course, they’ve got the classics like sodas, coffee, and tea to keep you caffeinated and hydrated. 

And for guests aged 21 and above, you can choose an alcoholic drink such as beer, cider, most wines and speciality cocktails!

Your snack credit can be used for selected non-alcoholic drinks too.  Just look for the “qualifies as a snack” symbol.

You’ll also each have your own Resort Refillable Mug giving you free drinks at beverage islands at any Disney Resort hotel.

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Where Can You Use Your Dining Plan Credit?

When it comes to enjoying the various dining options at Walt Disney World, the Dining Plan is a convenient and flexible way to make the most of your meals. Both the Quick Service Dining Plan and the Standard Dining Plan can be used at over 200 locations throughout the resort, ensuring that you’ll never be far from a delicious meal.

One of the great things about the Dining Plan is that it caters to all types of tastes. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a more upscale atmosphere, the Dining Plan has got you covered. With a wide range of restaurants and eateries to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice during your visit.

Even quick service restaurants, where you can grab a meal on the go, are included in the Dining Plan. These restaurants offer a variety of options, from classic American fare to international cuisine. So whether you’re in the mood for a juicy burger, a comforting bowl of pasta, or some delicious sushi, you’ll find something to satisfy your cravings.

But the Dining Plan isn’t just limited to quick service locations. You can also use it at character meals, where you can enjoy a meal with beloved Disney characters.  Restaurants such as The Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table are perfect for families, as they allow you to meet and interact with some of your favourite characters while enjoying a scrumptious meal.

Tonga Toast for breakfast
Tonga Toast for breakfast

If you’re looking for an even more upscale dining experience, the Dining Plan can also be used at signature dining restaurants throughout Walt Disney World. These restaurants offer top-notch service and gourmet cuisine, making them the perfect choice for a special occasion or a romantic night out. From fine steaks and seafood to innovative international dishes, the signature dining restaurants at Disney World will take your taste buds on a culinary journey.

And let’s not forget about Disney Springs. This vibrant entertainment and dining district is home to a wide variety of restaurants and eateries, and the Dining Plan can be used at many of them. From casual dining options to celebrity chef establishments, you’ll find something to suit every palate at Disney Springs.

So whether you’re grabbing a quick bite to eat, dining with Disney characters, or indulging in a gourmet feast, the Dining Plan has got you covered. With over 200 locations to choose from, you’ll never be far from a delicious meal during your visit to Walt Disney World. So sit back, relax, and let the Dining Plan add an extra touch of magic to your meals.

Restaurant Reservations

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Just imagine, you’ve read loads of reviews about that must-do Disney World restaurant. But, it’s fully booked. Pretty annoying right?

If you’re grappling with snagging a reservation at a Disney restaurant, fear not! Your Orlando Guru is here to lend a hand. Just let us know which you didn’t secure a spot at, and our ingenious dining bots will be on high alert for any unoccupied tables.
The moment it becomes available, we’ll swiftly snatch it up on your behalf. It’s a piece of cake, really!

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How Do I Use My Dining Credits?

It’s super easy.  There’s no vouchers to worry about.  Your dining plan meals and snack credits are all stored on your Magic Band or Resort Card.  Just tap, pay and go.  At quick-service restaurants, you can also mobile order using the My Disney Experience app to save time.  Remember, you can use your credits anytime during your stay too.

Does Everyone Need To Purchase A Dining Plan?

You’ll need to pay for a dining plan for each person in your room.  If you have 2 or more rooms, you can decide which rooms have and don’t have the plans, but everyone booked into that room needs to purchase the same dining plan.   Dining Plans are not available for guests under the age of 3, but they can share from an adult plate at no charge, or you can purchase a separate meal at the restaurant.

A tasty wrap at Galaxy's Edge
A tasty wrap at Galaxy’s Edge

Which Disney Resort Hotels Offer The Dining Plans?

You can add a dining plan to your holiday when you stay at any Disney Resort Hotel.  From Value hotels such as Disney’s Pop Century to the flagship Disney’s Grand Floridian.  

Is The Disney Dining Plan Worth It?

To get the best value out of the dining plan, use your snack credits on higher priced goodies such as the milkshakes or cupcakes.

Pre-paying for your meals and snacks allows you to easily plan and budget for your Walt Disney World trip.  The best way is to speak with one of our Orlando Gurus.  They’ll be able to work out if the plans are right for you or not.  Book a call back with your own Orlando Guru.

Both plans offer a variety of dining choices, allowing you to savour the magic of Disney’s culinary offerings while staying within your budget.

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