• On Dec 2, 2017
    Donna from NL 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.

    can you get a dining package if you are not staying on a Disney Resort

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. We on the panel love helping guests to plan magical vacations!

    A Disney Dining Plan is a convenient way to include your dining in your Walt Disney World vacation package. A Disney Dining Plan does need to be purchased as part of one of these vacation packages which include a Walt Disney World resort hotel stay, so no, you cannot purchase a Disney Dining Plan if you are staying outside of Walt Disney World resort.

    I do encourage you to check out the Magic Your Way vacation packages that I linked above. There are many different resort hotels at Walt Disney World, perhaps you can find one that interests you! Also, if you do decide not to stay at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you are still welcome to enjoy the many dining experiences at Walt Disney World without a Disney Dining Plan. Some of my family's favorites include the slightly exotic and always delicious Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom for a relaxing table service lunch. For a quick-service meal, we have always enjoyed Sunshine Seasons at Epcot for their fresh fare.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Donna! Please do let us know if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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