• On Jul 12, 2021
    Patricia from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When will Disney offer the Dining plans? My overall decision to travel with 2 kids there is solely based on the Dining Plan.

     Welcome to planDisney, Patricia! I am so glad you came here to ask your question!

    The Disney Dining Plan is loved by so many people. It is comforting to have so much of your food paid for in advance of your trip. At this time, we haven’t seen an official date for it’s return, but never fear, I have a suggestion for you if you decide to brave a trip without it!

    In the past, our family of 4 had traveled to Walt Disney World and purchased the Disney Dining Plan. Then, I really took a look at it and wondered if it truly was the best thing for us and the way we eat. In 2014, I did an experiment. My children (ages 14 & 11 at the time) and I traveled to WDW for a week. I purchased Disney Gift Cards in the amount of what the Dining Plan would cost us. I combined those gift cards onto 3 cards, since there is a $1000 limit per card.

    I clearly labeled these gift cards as FOOD. Since both of my children were considered Disney adults, we had quite a bit of money on those cards to use. Throughout our week, we used the cards for everything we ate or drank. All of our meals, snacks, Dole Whips, and bottles of water were paid with those Disney gift cards. We ate at restaurants such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, & Chef Mickey's, and did not skimp on food in any way.

    Guess what? At the end of the week, I had some money left on those gift cards! So, we used that for some of our souvenirs! While I believe the Disney Dining Plan has value, for MY family, it just isn’t as flexible as we care to eat. Purchasing gift cards in the amount of the plan is a different way to make your own “family dining plan”.

    Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for delicious news about the Dining Plan’s return. I look forward to seeing you back at planDisney with more vacation planning questions.

    Happy Snacking,
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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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