• On Jul 6, 2019
    Michael from FL 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.

    Dining plans are locked to the # of nights and persons on the room reservation. Check in is at 4pm. At what time, does a purchased meal plan start, for the first night of check in?

    Hi Michael,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The food at Walt Disney World is my favorite “attraction,” so I am delighted to answer your question! I love to indulge my foodie ways at Walt Disney World by taking advantage of the Disney Dining Plan, and I am so glad you’ve also chosen to do so!

    Your entitlements (how many meals you have and what type) start as soon as you arrive at your Resort hotel. So let’s say you arrive at 10:00 am even though registration isn’t until 4:00 pm. You will still be able to use your Disney Dining Plan for lunch that day. Essentially you have from the start of the day you arrive until midnight of the day you check-out.

    To make the check-in process more efficient, download the My Disney Experience app onto your phone. You can check-in to your hotel on the morning of your arrival, and the app will message you when your room is ready. This is super convenient and a fantastic way to manage your time!

    When your vacation is finished (queue Mickey’s “sad” PhilharMagic), you can still use your entitlements until midnight of your check-out day. Make sure to use them all because this is truly a case of use it or lose it! I watched a mom buy over a dozen snacks this evening at the Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House because they were on their way to the airport and had leftover entitlements. I love Disney snacks, so I think it was a fantastic use of her allotments!

    Michael, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to come back. chEARs to a delicious vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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