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Disney Dining Plans Explained

Set aside the thrilling attractions and unforgettable character experiences; one of the most exciting things about holidays at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is all the incredible places that you can choose to eat and drink throughout your time there.

But with their popularity comes occasional long queues and higher prices. So if you’re staying at one of Disney Resort Hotels, why not take advantage of a Disney Dining Plan in order to plan and budget your meal times before you leave the UK.

 

There are three types of Disney Dining Plans and whichever one you choose will save you both time and money, compared to if you just turn up at any restaurant once you’re on holiday. They’re especially worthwhile if there’s a particular restaurant that you definitely want to dine at, as you can book your reservations well in advance to avoid disappointment, should it be too busy when you’re there.

What is a Disney Dining Plan? And what are the benefits of purchasing one?

As briefly explained above, Disney Dining Plans offer you great choice and flexibility when it comes to choosing where you want to eat and drink on holiday. They’re also the best option in terms of value for money, saving you up to 40% off the cost of individual meals by booking in advance.

 

Each plan works as a simple points system and it’s up to you how you use them, whether you don’t eat much one day or decide to go all out the next. Another great thing about them being based on a points system is that you don’t have to carry any cash around with you, which is always good when moving from Park to Park and means you don’t have to get as much exchanged.

 

There’s also no need to just stick to your Disney Resort Hotel; you can choose to eat at any of the other hotels, as well as all six Disney Parks and both Disney Springs and Disney’s BoardWalk too. There are over 100 different places to eat across the whole Resort, so you’ll never be short of somewhere new and exciting to try. Why not try a different country each night around Epcot? Or pick the best restaurant where you can meet your favourite Disney Character while you tuck into your meal. Dinner with Mickey, anyone?

How does a Disney Dining Plan work?

The Disney Dining Plans are a simple and hassle-free option to manage all your dining needs when at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; and they couldn’t be easier to use.

Once you’ve settled on and purchased the best plan to suit both your needs and your budget, your dining credits for all of your meal/snack allocations will be loaded onto your MagicBand. Then all you need to do is touch your MagicBand down on the magic points whenever you buy any food or drink at one of the 100+ restaurants available to you. Your waiter or server will then give you a receipt showing your updated meal balance and how many credits you have left. Don’t forget that if you don’t use all your allocation for one day, it just rolls on to the next.

 

You can find more information on the MagicBand on the  MyMagic+ page.

The three types of Disney Dining Plan

Take a look below at the three different Disney Dining Plans and decide which one would be best suited to your needs.

Disney Quick ServiceDining Plan
Adult from £32 Child from £14

Per person, per nights stay

  • 50 Locations
  • 2 Self service meals
  • 2 Selected snacks
  • 1 Refillable resort mug per person (Unlimited refills of fountain soda, coffee and tea at your Disney Resort Hotel.)
DisneyDining Plan
Adult from £46 Child from £16

Per person, per nights stay

  • 100 Locations
  • 1 Self service meals
  • 1 Waiter service meal
  • 2 Selected snacks
  • 1 Refillable resort mug per person (Unlimited refills of fountain soda, coffee and tea at your Disney Resort Hotel.)
Disney DeluxeDining Plan
Adult from £81 Child from £23

Per person, per nights stay

  • 100 Locations
  • 3 Self service meals
  • or Waiter service meal
  • 2 Selected snacks
  • 1 Refillable resort mug per person (Unlimited refills of fountain soda, coffee and tea at your Disney Resort Hotel.)

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What do the different meal types mean?

Quick ServiceThese are self/counter service meals for those who enjoy casual dining and is great if you just want to grab a quick bite to eat in between the parks. There are loads of places to choose from, serving everything from soups and sandwiches to pizzas, grills and burgers.

Waiter-serviceThese are for those with a little more time on their hands, either during the day or when winding down after an action-packed day at the parks. You can all sit together at the table and be served by the friendly waiting staff; whether you choose an american-style restaurant, award-winning gourmet fine-dining or even a character dining experience.

SnacksThe Disney Dining Plans even cover when you just want a little something to keep you going until your next proper meal. You can grab anything from popcorn and ice cream to fresh fruit and soft drinks from any one of the Quick Service and snack carts from all across the resort.

Things to do

Dinner shows

Why not combine a waiter service dinner with an evening’s entertainment? Below are a few dinner and show combinations that definitely shouldn’t be missed. Pick your favourite and be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue – Fort WildernessStraight from the Wild West comes Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy. This two hour show is full of dancing, singing and zany vaudeville comedy. Clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along whilst feasting on buckets of fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs, as well as tossed green salads, baked beans, fresh-baked cornbread and strawberry shortcake.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (seasonal) – Fort WildernessThis is a music-filled hoedown in the company of some of your favourite Disney Characters. Help yourself to the all-you-can-eat BBQ whilst enjoying cowboy rope tricks and the sounds of a live country and western band. Once you’re full, head to the dance floor to show off your best line dancing moves with the rest of the cowboys and cowgirls.
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show – Polynesian ResortPrepare yourself for an entertaining night of hula dancing, fire dancing and much, much more. In the open-air theatre in Luau Cove, celebrate the Spirit of Aloha with spellbinding dancers, drummers and a show-stopping fire-knife performer. Auntie Wini hosts this fun-filled luau and you’re all invited to join in!
Character dining

Character Dining is the fun way to meet all the stars of Disney. Depending on which restaurant you choose, a select number of Disney characters will make an appearance and will wander around each table; offering hugs, high fives, photos and autographs in the process. It’s a priceless experience seeing your kids’ eyes light up as they’re greeted by their favourite famous faces. It’s vital that you book well in advance to make sure you don’t miss out. If you’re planning on fitting in a few Character Dining meals, it can work in your favour and save you money if you’re on a Disney Dining Plan.

Breakfast

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - World Showcase, EpcotSnow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Ariel and Mary Poppins
Cinderella’s Royal Table –Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom ParkAll the Disney Princesses
The Crystal Palace – Main Street, Magic Kingdom ParkWinnie the Pooh and friends
The Garden Grill – Future World, EpcotChip ‘n’ Dale and other Disney friends
Hollywood & Vine – Echo Lake, Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney Junior stars including friends from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny
Tusker House – Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme ParkSafari Donald Duck and his Disney Safari friends
Cape May Café – Beach Club ResortDonald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse
Chef Mickey’s – Contemporary ResortDonald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto
‘Ohana' – Polynesian ResortLilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and Pluto
1900 Park Fare – Grand FloridianAlice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh

Lunch

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - World Showcase, EpcotSnow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Ariel and Mary Poppins
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom ParkAll the Disney Princesses
The Crystal Palace – Main Street, Magic Kingdom ParkWinnie the Pooh and friends
The Garden Grill – Future World, EpcotChip ‘n’ Dale and other Disney friends
Hollywood & Vine – Echo Lake, Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney Junior stars including friends from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny
Tusker House – Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme ParkSafari Donald Duck and his Disney Safari friends
Chef Mickey’s – Contemporary ResortDonald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto
1900 Park Fare – Grand FloridianAlice, Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh

Dinner

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - World Showcase, EpcotSnow White, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Ariel and Mary Poppins
Cinderella’s Royal Table – Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom ParkAll the Disney Princesses
The Crystal Palace – Main Street, Magic Kingdom ParkWinnie the Pooh and friends
The Garden Grill – Future World, EpcotChip ‘n’ Dale and other Disney friends
Tusker House – Africa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme ParkSafari Donald Duck and his Disney Safari friends
Be Our Guest – Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom ParkBelle and the Beast
Chef Mickey’s – Contemporary ResortDonald Duck, Goofy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know how many credits I have left?After you’ve eaten at any of the waiter service restaurants, you’ll be brought a receipt that will detail how many credits you have used and how many you still have left to use.

What if I have dining credits left over at the end of my holiday?If you do have any credits left over at the end of your holiday, the snack credits can be used at most of the Park shops and snack stops around the Resort to buy pre-packed snacks for the journey home. Failing that, the Mickey-shaped rice crispy treats available make excellent gifts for friends and family on your return.

What can I get with snack credits?Snacks are available to buy at quick service restaurants, shops around the Resort or snack cart locations. Look for the “Dining Plan” logo on the menus to know where you can pick up an easy snack. Here are just a few of the items available as snacks: ice cream, fudge, popcorn, coffee and tea, fruit, bottled juices, milk and water.

What are my dining options if I’m not staying at a Disney Resort Hotel?All the same dining locations are available to those staying off-site as well as within Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. To give some guidance, Disney have ranked all their restaurants and eateries with the following key:

• $ ($14.99 and under per adult)
• $$ ($15 to $34.99 per adult)
• $$$ ($35 to $59.99 per adult)
• $$$$ (over $60 per adult)
This allows you plan your meals and budget accordingly.

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