• On Jan 3, 2019
    Annmarie from NY 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.

    When does the Disney dining plan begin I will not be getting to the hotel until very late so I will not be using it the first day And I have two reservations Can I only use the dining plan on one and pay out of pocket for the other

    Hi Annmarie! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Are you ready for some delicious food? I hope so, because that is exactly what comes to mind when I hear the words "Disney Dining Plan." Now I'm dreaming of the Warm Cinnamon Roll with extra icing at Gaston's Tavern. When I was there a couple of months ago, this item counted as a snack entitlement on the dining plans and I highly recommend trying it! It was big enough for our family to share and oh, so yummy! *drool*

    The dining plan begins once you check in at your Disney Resort hotel and ends at midnight on the day you check out. The dining plan is per night, not per day. If you are stay for 5-nights, 6-days, you pay for a 5-night dining plan. With the Disney Dining Plan, that would translate to five Quick-Service meals, five Table-Service meals, and 10 snacks per person. All meal and snack entitlements are put into your account together as soon as you check in, which means you can use them in any order you would like. In other words, you don't have to use a Quick-Service meal, Table-Service meal, and two snacks each day. You can use five snacks on day one, three Quick-Service meals on day two, and so on. Just make sure to keep track of the entitlements you have left (it will show up at the bottom of your receipts and the Front Desk can also print a copy at your Disney Resort hotel).

    If you would like to pay out-of-pocket for any food items, you certainly can! You are not required to use your dining plan for a particular snack or meal. Even though I can use snack entitlements on bottled water, I usually pay out-of-pocket for those and choose to save my snack entitlements for other items like that Warm Cinnamon Roll I mentioned earlier! *drooling again*

    I hope I have helped explain how your entitlements work, Annmarie! Happy dining!

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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