Wondering if a Disney Dining Plan is right for your family? That is the question of the century! Really!  This topic is one of the most discussed parts of Disney World vacation planning on blogs, social media, and forums.  In this article we’ll look at how Dining Plans work, the different types available, and how much they cost.

PIN THIS for future reference 🙂

What is a Dining Plan?

A Dining Plan is a meal & snack add-on option when staying “on property” at Disney World.  When you purchase the Dining Plan, you are pre-paying for your food and then using credits to get meals during your trip.  You can get the Dining Plan if you are booking a room/ticket package, an annual passholder staying on property, or a Disney Vacation Club member (or are renting points from one).

Will I Save Money with a Dining Plan?

It really depends on what types of foods your family enjoys and how much your family can and will eat.  If you have younger children that fall into the “adult” age group (10yr+), then the plan might benefit your family if character dining or signature foods are on your must do lists to try.

Check the Disney website for meal costs and then add those up to see if it is possibly cheaper to pay out of pocket or if you’ll save with the dining plan because you are wanting steak at every meal. 😊

Remember that each plan only offers two snacks.  Many snacks are enough food to serve as a meal.  Also, many times, two snacks will not be enough. However, in some cases, you could be left with too many snacks or quick service meals at the end of your stay.

Dinner Table Service meals will give you the best use of your credits money wise.  Breakfast meals are usually the cheaper meal options.

Children under 3 will not get the Dining Plan and you do not have to pay for it.  You can share with them from your plate or pay out of pocket for them to have a meal.

WHAT ARE THE GENERAL MEAL COSTS AT EACH LOCATION?

To maximize your credits, you want to purchase meals and snack that cost close to the following guidelines:

  • Quick Service credits are worth about $18
  • Table Service credits are worth about $41
  • Snack credits are worth about $5

What Dining Plans Are Available and What’s Included?

Here’s a list to explain what each plan offers:

QUICK SERVICE DINING PLAN

(Per person, per night | Includes one refillable mug per person for use at any resort)

Cost:

Per Adult (10 years old and over) per night: $52.50

Per Child (3-9 years old) per night: $21.74

Includes:

2 Quick Service Meals

1 entrée; 1 drink

2 Snacks

Single servings of items such as frozen ice cream novelties, popcorn scoop, piece of whole fruit, bag of snacks, 20 oz. fountain drink.

REGULAR DINING PLAN

(Per person, per night | Includes one refillable mug per person for use at any resort)

Cost:

Per Adult (10 years old and over) per night: $75.49

Per Child (3-9 years old) per night: $25.75

Includes:

1 Table Service Meal

Breakfast:  1 entrée, 1 drink OR 1 full buffet or Family-style Meal

Lunch/Dinner:  1 entrée; 1 dessert; 1 drink OR 1 full buffet or Family-style Meal

1 Quick Service Meal

1 entrée; 1 drink

2 snacks

Single servings of items such as frozen ice cream novelties, popcorn scoop, piece of whole fruit, bag of snacks, 20 oz. fountain drink.

DELUXE DINING PLAN

(Per person, per night | Includes one refillable mug per person for use at any resort)

Cost:

Per Adult (10 years old and over) per night: $116.25

Per Child (3-9 years old) per night: $39.99

Includes:

3 Meals (any combination of Quick Service or Table Service)

Quick Service Meals consist of 1 entrée; 1 drink

Table Service Meals consist of for Breakfast:  1 entrée, 1 drink OR 1 full buffet or Family-style Meal and for Lunch/Dinner:  1 appetizer, 1 entrée; 1 dessert; 1 drink OR 1 full buffet or Family-style Meal

2 snacks

Single servings of items such as frozen ice cream novelties, popcorn scoop, piece of whole fruit, bag of snacks, 20 oz. fountain drink.

How Do We Track Our Dining Plan Credits?

When using the dining plan, Disney will pool all your meals and snacks together under one reservation which you can start using once you have checked into your resort. The meals and snacks are available until they have all been used or until midnight on your check-out date.  

How many Table Service/Quick Service/Snacks do I have total or that are left?   You can easily check your My Disney Experience app for the total number of meals and snack credits you have available.

Here’s how to quickly check your credits in the My Disney Experience app:

  • Click the circle icon to pull up your information
  • Scroll down and click on your resort reservation
  • Click on the “Check Dining Plans” icon

How Do We Use Our Dining Plan Credits?

Dining Plan credits are redeemed using your MagicBand or through mobile ordering inside the My Disney Experience app.  You can use as many meal or snack credits in any given day that you wish.

For example, you may have picked the Regular Dining Plan and you get 1 Table Service meal per day.  You can use 2 Table Service meals in one day say for breakfast and dinner.  The 2 Table Service meals will be subtracted from your total number of credits.  You may also wish to use 2 Table Service credits per person for a Signature Meal like Cinderella’s Royal Table.  You can also do the same with your Quick Service meals. You may wish to use 3 in one day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and save your Table Service meal for another day.

1 Quick Service credit can be used to purchase 3 snacks.  All 3 snacks must be purchased at the same time.

NOTE:  Gratuity is not always included (except at dinner shows and Cinderella’s Royal Table

Which Restaurants Require 2 Table Service Credits?

Select meals, known as “Signature Dining,” and some other meals require 2 Table Service credits per person.

2 Table Service credits are needed for:

Magic Kingdom – Cinderella’s Royal Table (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Be Our Guest (dinner)

Epcot – Monsieur Paul (dinner), Le Cellier Steakhouse (lunch/dinner)

Animal Kingdom – Tiffins and Rivers of Light Dining Package (lunch/dinner)

Hollywood Studios – Hollywood Brown Derby and Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch/dinner)

Disney Springs – Morimoto Asia (dinner), STK Orlando (lunch and dinner), The Boathouse (lunch and dinner), Paddlefish (lunch and dinner)

Resorts – California Grill (brunch/dinner), Spirit of Aloha (dinner show), Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (dinner show), Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (dinner show), Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner), Flying Fish (dinner), Narcoossee’s (dinner), Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner), Artist Point (dinner), Citricos (dinner), In-room pizza delivery (select resorts), Private in-room dining (select resorts)

Is the Deluxe Dining Plan Too Much Food?

Purchasing the Deluxe Dining Plan? Three TS meals in one day is no doubt a lot of food!  This plan offers 3 meal credits that can be used from either the Table Service or Quick Service menus. Table Service meals will give you the best use of your credits for the money. Therefore, some will suggest that you may consider using 1 TS meal for breakfast or lunch and then doing a signature dining meal that requires 2 credits for dinner. Dinner meals are usually more expensive and breakfast meals are usually cheaper.

The Dining Plans are popular and convenient!  As far as cost savings, we have heard of guests who are able to save money by purchasing a Dining Plan but, typically, it’s possible only when opting for the most expensive options available.  Many guests love the convenience of prepaid dining and not having to pay attention to prices when ordering…it’s a vacation, right?

We hope this helps you plan a better Disney World trip!  Want more helpful info?  We would like to invite you to become a Mouse Tutor Insider.  You'll receive access to our downloads & printables (like our Character Location Guide), private Facebook group and our e-mail newsletter.  Visit our Resource Library for more information and to get in (or use the form at the footer of our site)!  We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

We hope this helps you plan a better Disney World trip!  Want more helpful info?  We would like to invite you to become a Mouse Tutor Insider.  You'll receive access to our downloads & printables (like our Character Location Guide), private Facebook group and our e-mail newsletter.  Visit our Resource Library for more information and to get in (or use the form at the footer of our site)!  We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

FOLLOW US

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On Instagram

The food at Disney World isn’t cheap! The DFB Guide will help you decide how to spend your food dollars

RESOURCE LIBRARY

PINTEREST