• On Jul 23, 2019
    Kristen from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am checking into my Disney resort on a Saturday, but will be staying in Orlando area, off resort, for a few days before checking into the resort. I have park tickets for those days. Can I use my dining plan before I actually check in to the resort?

    Hi Kristen!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm so excited to hEAR you have an upcoming vacation planned to Walt Disney World Resort!

    Dining plans are a great way to experience several of the amazing restaurants at the Walt Disney World Resort while having the majority of your dining expenses paid for before your trip begins. Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel are eligible to purchase a Disney dining plan. The meal and snack entitlements associated with your dining plan will be based on the length of your package stay. Unfortunately, your dining plan will not be activated until you check into your Disney Resort hotel. You will also have until midnight on the day of checkout to use any remaining meal and snack entitlements. 

    Guests may begin making dining reservations 180 days in advance by calling Disney Dining at (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463, by going online or via My Disney Experience mobile app.

    I'm so sorry if this was not the news you were hoping to hear. Let us know if you have any new questions or would like dining recommendations, Kristen. We would love to assist you further in planning a magical trip!

    Bon Appétit,
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Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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