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  • On Sep 9, 2023
    Katie from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a conference at WDW in January 2024. I booked through group reservations with Disney. My room is booked but I need to get my tickets still. Because the way this is set up, I am assuming I cannot get a dining plan because it is not a package, right?

    Hello, Katie, and welcome back to planDisney. It's great to see you here planning your January visit. 

    Katie, as a guest who loves dining around the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm happy to chat about your question. Based on your description regarding your conference, if you don't have the ability to turn your room into a package, you are correct that adding a Dining Plan isn't an option. However... while I don't have Fairy Godmother's wand to work any Magic to make this possible, I do have an alternative idea that might help make your trip feel all-inclusive. 

    As an Annual Passholder, I don't book packages, but fondly remember the ease of the Dining Plan, so my family and I use Disney Gift Cards to help us not only budget but get a bit of that all-inclusive feeling since I have "pre-paid" for food. Disney Gift Cards can be consolidated up to $1,000 per card so you don't need to carry multiple cards in the parks. You can use the price of the dining plans for budgetary purposes or you can view the online menus like I do and estimate how much I would spend in each restaurant. 

    Katie, while this likely wasn't the information you were wishing to hear, I do hope it's helpful as you're looking ahead to January. Please don't hesitate to come back to planDisney with any other questions. We love to see a returning guest!

    Wishing you a Magical trip,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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