Walt Disney World Dining Plans: All You Need to Know to Enhance Your Experience

Updated 10/16/2018. When planning a trip to Walt Disney World for the first time, figuring out the Walt Disney World dining plans can be overwhelming and confusing. In this guide, we break down the difference between each of the Walt Disney World dining plans to help you decide if they are the right choice for your group. For some families, a dining plan is a great way to save some money.

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To get a really good idea if purchasing a dining plan is right for you, you first need to figure out how often your group plans on eating in the parks. If you’re going to rely entirely on Disney food then a dining plan might be a good option. If you’re planning on packing in your own lunches and snacks, then a dining plan might not be the most feasible idea. Using our guide to help you navigate your way will help you save money and figure out what is the most cost efficient option for your group.

Walt Disney World Dining Plans: The Basics

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The Walt Disney World dining plans can be confusing for first time guests. We broke down the basics of these plans to help you navigate how to get them and how to use them.

Basically, buying one of the Walt Disney World dining plans is buying all of your meals and snacks in the park in advance. Sometimes this can help you save money as Disney gives you a deal by purchasing in advance rather than paying as you go in the parks. For families that intend to rely completely on eating in the parks, a dining plan can be a good choice.

How To Get A Walt Disney World Dining Plan

In order to be eligible to purchase a dining plan you need to be staying at one of the Walt Disney World resort hotels.

When you book a Magic Your Way Vacation package, you can select a package option that bundles your dining plan into your hotel and ticket cost. Sometimes Walt Disney World will do deals on these packages so it’s worth keeping an eye out for these.

If you have an existing Walt Disney World hotel reservation, you can upgrade to a package that includes one of the dining plans. So if you decide to add a dining plan later, you have the ability to modify your reservation to do so.

How to Use the Walt Disney World Dining Plans

The Walt Disney World dining plans are quite simple to use. All you need to do is use your Magic Band at dining locations to redeem meals and snacks. That’s it, it’s pretty easy!

The tricky part is keeping track of how many meals and snacks you’ve redeemed. Luckily, there are three ways you can keep track of your dining plan purchases:

  • Use the My Disney Experience app
  • Check your most recent dining receipt
  • Visit the Resort Concierge or Guest Relations and ask about your remaining entitlements

Using any of these options will help you easily keep track of your dining in the parks. Make sure you redeem ALL your meal and snacks- after all, you paid for it!

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Walt Disney World Dining Plans: Three kids eating food at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Quick-Service Dining Plan is the cheapest out of the Walt Disney World dining plans. Quick-Service refers to any type of food options that you pick up yourselves. You can check the Walt Disney World website to see what options are available. The prices here are estimates based on the most recent pricing information from Walt Disney World.

Adult, per night

  • $52.50

Child, per night (Ages 3-9)

  • $21.74

Children under the age of 3 are allowed to eat of your plate.

Here is what is included per person: 

  • 2 Quick-Service Meals (each meal includes a beverage)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Note: children will HAVE to purchase their meals from the kids menu if you paid the child price for the dining plan.

Here are some examples of what qualifies as a snack under this plan: 

At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Items that don’t qualify are anything that comes in a souvenir container and items that are not considered a single serving.

Disney Dining Plan

Mom and dad smiling at little boy eating

The Disney Dining Plan is the mid-range option for the Walt Disney World dining plans. It offers the options of both quick service and table service. The prices here are estimates based on the most recent pricing information from Walt Disney World.

Adult, per night

  • $75.49

Child, per night (Ages 3-9)

  • $25.75

Children under the age of 3 are allowed to eat of your plate.

Here is what is included per person: 

  • 1 Quick-Service Meal (includes beverage)
  • 1 Table-Service Meal (includes beverage)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Note: children will HAVE to purchase their meals from the kids menu if you paid the child price for the dining plan.

Table Service Options

What’s great about this plans it the flexibility and available options you have for redeeming your table service meals. Along with regular table service restaurants you can also use your table service meals for:

  • Character Dining (Cinderella’s Royal Table requires 2 Table-Service meals will be redeemed per person)
  • Signature Dining Restaurants (2 Table-Service meals per person for this option. Also includes dessert!)
  • Dinner Shows (2 Table-Service meals per person for this option. Advance reservations required)
  • Private in-room dining (2 Table-Service meals per person for this option. Dessert and gratuities are included.)
  • Pizza delivery. (2 Adult Table-Service meals per person for this option. Includes pizza entree item, two beverages, and two desserts)

Here are some examples of what qualifies as a snack under this plan: 

At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Items that don’t qualify are anything that comes in a souvenir container and items that are not considered a single serving.

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

Man and woman smiling while eating a fancy dinner

The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan is the premium option for the Walt Disney World dining plans. It offers the options of both quick service and table service. The prices here are estimates based on the most recent pricing information from Walt Disney World.

Adult, per night

  • $116.25

Child, per night (Ages 3-9)

  • $39.99

Children under the age of 3 are allowed to eat of your plate.

Here is what is included per person: 

  • 3 meals (any combination of quick-service or table service with beverages included)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 refillable mug

Note: children will HAVE to purchase their meals from the kids menu if you paid the child price for the dining plan.

Breakfast Options for Table Service per person

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older)

OR

  • 1 Full Buffet or Family-Style Meal

Lunch and Dinner Options for Table Service per person

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older)

OR

  • 1 Full Buffet or Family-Style Meal

Table Service Options

What’s great about this plans it the flexibility and available options you have for redeeming your table service meals. Along with regular table service restaurants you can also use your table service meals for:

  • Character Dining (Cinderella’s Royal Table requires 2 Table-Service meals will be redeemed per person)
  • Signature Dining Restaurants (2 Table-Service meals per person for this option. Also includes dessert!)
  • Dinner Shows (2 Table-Service meals per person for this option. Advance reservations required)
  • Private in-room dining (2 Table-Service meals per person for this option. Dessert and gratuities are included.)
  • Pizza delivery. (2 Adult Table-Service meals per person for this option. Includes pizza entree item, two beverages, and two desserts)

Here are some examples of what qualifies as a snack under this plan: 

At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Items that don’t qualify are anything that comes in a souvenir container and items that are not considered a single serving.

Is A Dining Plan Worth It?

This is really going to depend on a few different factors such as: how many days you will be staying in the parks, if you plan on packing your own food, and how many family members you have.

Unfortunately, it is common for people on the last day of their trip to be scrambling around the parks trying to redeem all of their leftover snack and meal options on their dining plans.

Here are some steps you can take to decide if a dining plan is a good choice for your group and if so, which one to pick:

  1. Make note of how many days you will be in the parks and if you plan on bringing your own snacks or meals inside.
  2. Does your hotel include free breakfast? If so, that would make the third option (The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan) a good one to eliminate. Why pay extra for breakfast at the parks if you can eat it at your hotel for free?
  3. Consider how much your children eat. Do you think they will realistically eat everything included in the dining plan? You could always purchase the plan for the adults and buy the kid food as you go.
  4. Check out the list of restaurants for each park. See which ones are musts for your family. Then factor in the cost. In some cases, you’ll end up paying more for a dining plan depending on where you eat. But if you have your eye on the higher end table service places, then a dining plan would be a good choice.
  5. In addition to researching restaurants, make sure that reservations are available! If you’re doing this last minute, you might want to rethink a dining plan until you check to see if your top choice options are even available to eat at. You can make reservations up to 180 days in advance by calling  (407) 939-3463.
  6. Keep in mind that there are cheap food options at Walt Disney World.

Overall, a dining plan has potential to be a money saver at Walt Disney World. We advise following the steps above and doing the math to see if it’s a good choice for your group. Don’t just purchase a dining plan without doing the research- this could end up costing you more in the long run!

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