• On Jan 14, 2020
    Sonia from ON 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.

    We currently have a room only reservation for our pre-cruise days. I will be adding theme park tickets soon. If I want to add the dining plan, do I have to do it at the same time as the park tickets or can I wait until I decide? Thx!

    Ahoy Sonia!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We love hearing from our favorite guest’s time and again.

    Planning for a Walt Disney World Resort stay before a cruise is music to my ears! I can’t think of a better way to vacation than by enjoying a Land and Sea trip. This type of holiday allows the best of both worlds. One in which you can play hard at the parks and then come together as a family to enjoy a nice relaxing cruise vacation.

    While it is often possible to add on the Disney Dining Plan to a room only reservation, it is usually a bit tricky, and I’ll explain why. Disney Dining plans are only available as part of a Disney Resort Hotel Packages. So, when adding any of the Dining Plans and Theme Park Tickets, this technically takes your room-only reservation and converts it to a “package.” The Cast Member that will assist you will have to do some back-end work to make that conversion. On one of my trips, I decided about a week prior to my vacation to add the Disney Dining Plan. I called in to make the change and did have to wait for quite some time while the Cast Member assisting me worked out the logistics with Guest Services. In the end, it all worked out, but had I known in advance that there was a lot of back-end work and adjusting to be done, I would have just booked it as a package from the beginning. I would highly suggest that if you know that you will be adding one of the delicious Dining Plans to your stay, that you do it when you add your Theme Park Tickets.

    I hope that you have a fun and relaxing time! I’m sure that you will make memories that will keep you smiling for years to come!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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