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  • On Apr 25, 2021
    Robin from TX Asked

    Have the Disney Dining plans returned?

    Hi Robin,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    As a huge fan of Disney Dining Plans, I am sad to say that they have not yet returned. My family loved the Disney Dining Plan and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. Having recently visited the parks without a dining plan, I can say that we planned ahead and made it work.

    One of the reasons that I appreciated the dining plans was that it gave us a solid estimate of our food costs for the trip. Without a dining plan on this last visit, I did more work to estimate our food costs at each meal. My family sat down and selected the restaurants we planned to visit for each meal period. I then checked the menus of each restaurant. To do so, just go to the homepage of each restaurant and click on View Menu. I then estimated our meal costs based on the pricing at each restaurant. I am happy to report that our actual food costs were just under my original estimates!

    As you continue to plan, do make advanced dining reservations at 60-days prior to your visit. On our last visit, those dining reservations were fantastic to have given the capacity limitations in restaurants. We also used Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering on a few mornings at our resort hotel and we loved using Mobile Dine  Check-in to check in for our advanced dining reservations.

    By now, I trust that you have your Disney Park Pass system reservations. Availability is limited, so if you decided to change a park pass reservation, do check the theme park availability calendar before cancelling a park pass reservation and trying to make a new one. And, as always, double-check My Plans in My Disney Experience to make sure all of your reservations appear.

    Robin, I hope you have reviewed our Top 10 Packing Tips! Also keep your eye on the Know Before You Go information since theme park and resort updates will be posted there. We are so excited to welcome you to a world of magic!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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