• On Jan 29, 2017
    Robert from OR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We arrive in Orlando late in the day, I was considering going straight to Disney Springs for dinner and checking into the hotel afterwards. Can we begin using our dining plan anytime on day one of our trip or do I have to check into the hotel first?

    Hi Robert,

    The Disney Dining Plan is a way to pre-pay for one of your major expenses prior to arriving on vacation. I love just swiping my MagicBand to pay for my meal.

    You must head to your resort to activate your Disney Dining Plan. You do not need to bring your luggage to the room as it can be stored with bell services until you return from dinner.

    Another option is to go straight to Disney Springs and pay with cash or credit card. Depending on the type of meal plan you have, you may need the extra meal for a signature dining experience or an additional meal one day.

    Remember that if you are on Disney's Magical Express from the airport, you will head to your resort anyway.

    Wishing you a magical day!
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