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  • On May 23, 2020
    Deborah from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How does the dinning plan work with the Disney world lounges?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Deborah! I'm so glad that you came to ask about dining at the lounges inside some of the Table-Service restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort, which is one of the best ways to spend an evening in my opinion. There are some legendary lounges out there to enjoy, like Victoria Falls Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Tune-In Lounge at Disney's Hollywood Studios which are two of my favorites, so let's dive right in and talk about dining there and what forms of payment are accepted. 

    Deborah, at the moment there are not any lounges at which you can use your Disney Dining Plan. Depending on which Dining Plan you've selected, your credits are able to be redeemed for either a Quick-Service meal, Table-Service meal, or Snacks at participating dining locations and most lounges don't serve those types of meals. You'll usually be able to order from a selection of small plates and appetizers as well as a menu of cocktails, but you likely will not be able to use a Dining Plan credit to pay for them. Menus do rotate with the seasons, so it may be possible that dishes may be added that you could use a Table-Service credit for, so I recommend that you keep checking the menus of your favorite places in the weeks leading up to your vacation to see if any changes have been made.

    Sharing some appetizers and enjoying a few drinks is usually a fun and cost-effective way to enjoy the world-class cuisine of a signature restaurant, and Nomad Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Cítricos Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are some of the best places to do that. My family and I like to combine a few Table-Service credits to dine at signature restaurants when we're on vacation, so when we've run out of Dining Plan credits we'll venture over to some of those incredible lounges to enjoy some delicious gourmet food without needing a reservation!

    I hope this answers your question, Deborah, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation. 

    Jessica
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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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