• On Jan 11, 2017
    Andrea from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    The afternoon we arrive we have dinner reservations at Disney Springs, and it says it accepts our dining plan. But do we have to use our dining plan for that meal? Or can we simply pay? We have the '17 Deluxe Dining plan for 3 days, staying Thurs-Sun

    Hello Andrea!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    It sounds like you have a lot of your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation well in hand.  A visit to Disney Springs, Advanced Dining Reservations and the 2017 Disney Dining Plan are three signs that your visit with be filled with Endless Magic.

    When I use the Disney Dining Plan, I monitor it closely.  I check menus, prices and options to ensure that I am always getting the most value for each credit redeemed.  As such, I will often pay out of pocket for certain meals while saving my precious Table Service credits for later dining experiences.  The great thing about the 2017 Disney Dining Plan is that those credits are mine to redeem as I see fit.  If I want to pay out-of-pocket at a participating dining location, then I can choose to pay. 

    One of the first things that your server usually asks at the many participating 2017 Disney Dining Plan restaurants is whether or not you are on a Dining Plan.  If you are on a Dining Plan but would rather pay out of pocket, simply indicate as much to your server and they will accommodate this request. 

    Remember - credits are yours to redeem as you wish!  Just be careful not to be at the end of your vacation with credits still remaining on your Disney Dining Plan as they are not refundable (why yes, it did happen to me once).

    Continue your sound planning by taking advantage of Fastpass+ on your My Disney Experience App.  3 days go by quickly and the less time spent waiting for your favorite attractions the better.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Hello, I’m Todd – fun dad to two super kids, a beautiful princess and adventurous pirate, and husband to a loving wife. By day, I work as a storyteller and high school teacher, where I help others find their own stories through the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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