INSIDER INFO – WDW Dining Plan Info

A Disney Dining Plan can be added to any Walt Disney World vacation package (room reservation).  Park tickets are NOT required to be a part of the package, when you add a dining plan.  A Dining Plan can ONLY be added for those guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World on property resort.

DINING PLANS:

  1.  Quick Service Dining Plan

The Quick Service Dining Plan includes:

2 Snack Credits & 2 Quick Service Meal Credits per person, per night

1 Refillable Mug per person

2017 Disney Quick Service Brochure.

 

  1.  Disney Dining Plan – Basic  

The Basic Disney Dining Plan includes:

2 Snack Credits, 1 Quick Service Meal Credit & 1 Table Service Meal Credit per person, per night

1 Refillable Mug per person

2017 Disney Dining Plan Brochure. 

 

  1.  Deluxe Dining Plan  

The Deluxe Dining Plan includes:

2 Snack Credits & 3 Meals (can be Quick Service or Table Service) per person, per night

1 Refillable Mug per person

2017 Disney Deluxe Dining Brochure.

 

DINING OPTIONS:

*Snacks – generally any snack item that can be purchased for $4.95 or less

(sometimes they are worth more)  Look for the “snack” symbol to verify that it can be purchased for a snack credit.

snack credit logo
snack credit symbol

 

*Quick Service – meal ordered at counter or register

A Quick Service meal includes:  Entree, Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverage (2018 Dining Plans include a non-alcoholic beverage or an alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and older)

Children should order a kids’ meal where available.

 

*Table Service – Buffet or Sit-Down a la carte meal

A Table Service meal includes:  Entree, Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverage (2018 Dining Plans include a non-alcoholic beverage or an alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and older)

With the Deluxe Dining Plan, an Appetizer is also included.

(Gratuity is not included with the Dining Plan – with the exception of Cinderella’s Royal Table)

 

*Character Dining – Buffet or Sit-Down a la carte meal

Character Dining takes 1 Table Service Credit per person (except Cinderella’s Royal Table, which takes 2 Table Service Credits per person).

Character Dining is a Table Service Meal that features character interactions.  The characters circulate in the dining room and spend time at each table for pictures and signatures.

A Character Dining (Table Service Meal) includes:  Entree, Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverage (2018 Dining Plans include a non-alcoholic beverage or an alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and older)

(Gratuity is not included with the Dining Plan – with the exception of Cinderella’s Royal Table).

 

*Dinner Shows – Buffet or Sit-Down a la carte meal

Dinner Shows take 2 Table Service Credits per person.

(Gratuity IS included with the Dining Plan for Dinner Shows)

 

*Signature Dining – Sit-Down a la carte meal

Signature Restaurants take 2 Table Service Credits per person.

Signature Dining includes:  Entree, Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverage (2018 Dining Plans include a non-alcoholic beverage or an alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and older)

With the Deluxe Dining Plan, an Appetizer is also included.

(Gratuity is not included with the Dining Plan for Signature Dining)

 

*Private In-Room Dining

Private In-Room Dining takes 2 Table Service Credits per person.

Private In-Room Dining includes:  Entree, Dessert & Non-Alcoholic Beverage (2018 Dining Plans include a non-alcoholic beverage or an alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and older)

With the Deluxe Dining Plan, an Appetizer is also included.

(Gratuity IS included with the Dining Plan for Private In-Room Dining)

 

*Pizza Delivery

Pizza Delivery takes 2 Table Service Credits

Pizza Delivery includes:  1 Pizza Entree Item, 2 Desserts & 2 Non-Alcoholic Beverages (2018 Dining Plans include 2 non-alcoholic beverage or 2 alcoholic beverage for guests 21 and older)

(Gratuity IS included with the Dining Plan for Pizza Delivery)

 

 

DINING PLAN FAQs:

Q:  Do you have to use your food allotments each day?

A:  NO!  You don’t have to use your food credits by the day.  When you check into your Disney Resort, your Dining Plan is automatically activated.  ALL of your food credits are placed into your Dining Plan account upon check-in.

Example:  If you are staying at a Disney Resort for 7 nights, and you have purchased the Basic Disney Dining Plan, then when you check-in your Dining Plan account will have:  14 Snack Credits, 7 Quick Service Credits & 7 Table Service Credits.  You will also have 1 Credit for a Refillable Mug (you will “purchase” your mug using your credit at your Disney Resort food court or quick service location).

 

Q:  If I want to use all of my Quick Service credits on day 2, can I?  If I want to save all of my snack credits until the last day of my trip, can I?

A:  YES!  And YES!  Think of your Dining Plan account as a debit account.  All of your credits are available for use from the moment you check-in at your Disney Resort.  Use them as quickly or as slowly as you want.  Once you run out of credits, you are out of credits.  It’s that simple!

Your Dining Plan account expires at midnight the day that you check-out of your Disney Resort.  So if you are planning to go to a park on your last day, and you check-out prior to heading to the park, your credits are still good until midnight!

 

Q:  What do I do if I have several snack credits left over at the end of my trip?

A:  Many people will go to a gift shop or food court, and “purchase” snacks with their remaining credits to take home with them.  There are many packaged snack options that will stay good for a while.  This is a great way to bring home some Disney Magic!  Some of my favorite options for this are:  sealed bags of Main Street Kettle Corn and sealed packages of Goofy’s Sour Gummies from Goofy’s Candy Company (also available in most gift shops).

 

Q:  What do I do if I have several Quick Service credits left over at the end of my trip?

A:  You can trade 1 Quick Service credit for 3 Snack credits.  Simply ask for a manager’s help wherever you plan to purchase the snacks in place of the Quick Service credit.

 

Q:  Can I use a Table Service Credit at a Quick Service location?

A:  Yes, you can use 1 Table Service Credit as 1 Quick Service Credit, if you like.  However, you CAN NOT trade Quick Service Credits for Table Service Credits.

 

Q:  How do the Refillable Mugs work?

A:  Once you have “purchased” your Refillable Mug from your Disney Resort quick service dining location (using your mug credit), you can then use it for unlimited drink refills at Disney Resorts (you cannot refill the mug in the parks).  The mugs now have a chip inside the base that keeps track of when it can be used.  The Refillable Mug expires at midnight the day that you check out.  The chip “talks” to the drink machines, and you will see a display screen over the drinks that tells you when your mug expires.  You also have to wait 2 minutes between refills (this is just to cut down on people cheating the system).

 

REFILLABLE MUGS / DRINKS:

Here is a little information about the Refillable Mugs you will receive at Disney:

Your refillable mug can only be refilled at the Disney Resorts (not in the parks) at the quick service dining locations.

You can fill your mug with, water, coffee, hot chocolate, tea & Coke products (often there is a Hi-C or Powerade option).

As far as water inside the parks goes, you can either purchase bottled water or you can go to any counter service restaurant inside the parks and request a cup of tap water for FREE!  I suggest bringing along crystal light packets or mio in case you want to add some flavor to your water.

Cokes are most definitely NOT FREE in the parks!

There is one place in Epcot called “Club Cool” where you can sample different Coke products from around the world for free.

 

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