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  • On Jun 11, 2024
    Rachel from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do Disney dining credits become available to use at midnight of check in day? I am planing to mobile order for lunch before officially checking in on the morning of arrival day but I’m not sure if the credits will be available to use to pay for the meal.

    Hiya, Rachel! Welcome to planDisney. I am so happy you stopped by with this question to ensure you know how the dining plan works with your travel schedule.

    I used the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan on a recent trip with plans like yours: arrive before my room is likely ready and use one of my credits for lunch. Luckily, this is easy to do. The dining plan credits are loaded into your account early on the morning of your arrival. With your MagicBand or Disney MagicMobile pass on your phone, a Cast Member can access your dining plan for you to refuel from your travels and recharge for your upcoming stay in the magic.

    One piece of information I learned is that while you can access the dining plan credits, you cannot use your MagicBand to charge other purchases to your hotel account until your room is assigned. I got carried away using my MagicBand for lunch, and I was ready to go and leave the world of credit cards and everything else behind. I just had to wait a bit longer for that full immersion into Disney Vacation Mode.

    For fun information, I'll share my favorite finds using the dining plan. You can use your snack credits for some very tasty treats like the Mickey-shaped Waffle and Funnel Cake with strawberries and powdered sugar at Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom Park or delight in buttery goodness with the Werther's Orginal Caramel Flight and other offerings at Karamell-Küche in EPCOT. I used the My Disney Experience Mobile app "Order Food" function a lot to see what is labeled "Qualifies as a Snack" to explore options beyond sodas and popcorn.

    For quick service meals, Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom and Satu'li Canteen in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park are two of my favorite options. With menu items like the Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon at Columbia Harbor House and the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl, quick service does not have to mean a quick hamburger and fries. These are absolutely delicious and what you find at many traditional dine-in restaurants. 

    I hope you have a magical stay at Walt Disney World Resort. If you have any other questions as you plan your trip, you know planDisney is here for you!

    Thinking of the Happiest Things!

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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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