• On Nov 16, 2017
    Amy from CO 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.

    Hi! Disney Mom's Panel! We are planning a return next year and getting the deluxe dining plan again. Last time we shared a few meals because it is so much food. I am curious if you can share meals at the signature dining restaurants as well? Thanks Amy

    Hi Amy,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am delighted to discuss this dining plan question since food is one of my favorite experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort! My family has used the Disney Dining Plan and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan.

    Officially, signature restaurants require two table-service meal credits per person 3-years old and over on a dining plan. I did call to verify my interpretation of this policy. The cast member I spoke with indicated that, at signature restaurants, each person dining would be charged two meal entitlements. My family does not ask to split meals at signature restaurants because we all tend to want a different entrée. If we have food leftover, we box it up if the restaurant allows and take it back to the resort hotel room. Feel free to verify the policy when you dine. We always ask when we are not quite sure of the dining plan specifics at each restaurant!

    You are right that the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan does give you the opportunity to dine at some fantastic signature restaurants. California Grill, Tiffins and Cinderella's Royal Table are a few of my favorites. To save dining plan entitlements in the past, we have also split our party. On one occasion, my cousin took her daughter and my girls to dine at Cinderella's Royal Table while the rest of us dined at a quick-service restaurant. 

    Amy, we have also reduced the amount of food we waste in another way. When using a dining plan at a quick-service restaurant, we typically just send one or two family members through the line to order for all four of us. If we order just two meals to bring back to the table, no one has checked to see that those two meals are only being eaten by two people.  

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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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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