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

    Does the Disney Dining Plan cost money? If I were to buy a regular hotel room on this website, how do I get the Disney Dining Plan? How do I pay for the things bought on this website? If I buy a package with a 2-year old do I get a 7 person or a 6 person?

    Hiya Wes!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The food at Walt Disney World Resort is my favorite “attraction,” so let’s dig in! I think one of the best ways to fulfill foodie-fantasy is by taking advantage of the Disney Dining Plan, and I am happy you are planning to do so!

    Let’s take your questions one by one. First, yes, the Disney Dining Plan is an additional cost to your Walt Disney World Resort reservation. At times the Resort offers a free or discounted plan, but there is no one currently running. You can either book the dining plan at the same time as your Resort Hotel (as a package) or add a plan up to two days before starting your trip. If you choose to add the plan after your hotel booking, you can call Disney Resort Hotel Reservations at (407) 939-1936, when you book a package online, no worries about paying for the dining plan in full. You only need to pay the deposit at the time you make your reservation.

    Wes, it sounds like you’ve got quite a lot of people joining you on your trip! A quick note, all of the people staying in your hotel room will need to be on the dining plan, so you can’t pick and choose who receives the dining plan allotments - all for one and one for all! If you have other members of your party who are staying in a different Resort hotel room, they can choose not to participate in the dining plan, but once again, all would need to opt-out.

    Finally, guess what?! Your two-yEAR-old is free! They are free everywhere in the ‘World until they turn three! Most people find that there is plenty of food to share with your it-bit, but you are more than welcome to purchase ala carte items for them off-plan. Also, if you are eating at a family-style dining location or a buffet (like many of our Character-Dining options), your little one is more than welcome to join in with their own plate.

    I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, you know where to find us. ChEARs!

    Rayna
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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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