• On Oct 2, 2021
    Rhonda from MS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does Disney still have the Dining Plan? My reservations are for December.

    Hey there, Rhonda! I am so glad you stopped by planDisney to ask your question. 

    To answer your question, the Disney Dining Plan has been suspended, with no release date, much to the dismay of many WDW guests. But should it become available before your December trip, you can easily add it onto your package by calling

    I do have some suggestions, however. A few years ago, my family took our annual summer Walt Disney World trip. We had purchased the dining plan in the past, but with one picky eater and myself who can’t quite eat as much as most, I felt like we were often either wasting food or not eating our “worth”. So, we tried an experiment. I purchased Disney Gift Cards in the amount of what the Disney Dining Plan would cost for us. I then combined the gift cards online, onto 3 separate cards (the maximum value on any Disney Gift Card is $1000). 

    Then, I used those gift cards for EVERYTHING that went into our mouths. From bottles of water to popcorn to Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars to dinner at Whispering Canyon Café. Anything edible was paid with the gift cards. And, we ate everything we wanted…sometimes an appetizer, often a dessert. At the end of the trip, the final gift card still had some money left on it. So, I decided that the Disney Dining Plan, while a good value for many, is not the right fit for our family. 

    Since reopening last summer, WDW has utilized mobile ordering for quick service locations on the MyDisneyExperience mobile app. This is life-changing! I have absolutely loved this tool. I have been able to order my Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow while in line for Space Mountain. I have also been able to order my family’s entire lunch at 9am, to pick up at 12:30pm. It is seriously THE BEST. The first time you use it might feel a bit clunky, but I assure you, you will get the hang of it. 

    I hope this helps with planning for your December trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth! 

    Happy Traveling (& eating), 
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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