• On May 20, 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.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How will Disney restaurant employees know that I have the Disney Dining Plan and how will I know what I am allowed for free each meal? Ex: One Entree and one beverage per guest

    Hey there, Wes! It's great to welcome you back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Since so many of my vacations revolve around food, I love anytime I'm able to chat about dining at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Wes, you bring up a great question about the intricacies of the Disney Dining Plans. Let's see if we can clear things up a bit. First, in my experience, the Cast Members at each dining location have always done a great job asking if we were using one of the Disney Dining Plans prior to ordering; but I will encourage you to volunteer that information up front if they don't ask. For example, the last time we sat down at Le Cellier (one of my husband's favorite spots for steak) the server asked if we would be using a dining plan as he took our drink orders. 

    Second, what will be included with each meal is dependent upon the type of restaurant. At a Quick-Service location you may select one single serving entree and beverage. So, when my family and I stop for lunch at the Colombia Harbour House, I might order the Lobster Roll with a lemonade while my husband orders the Trio Platter and a Coke. Both choices would be considered 1 Quick-Service entitlement.

    Now, if you have a dining plan that includes Table-Service entitlements, for those meals, a dessert is also included. At a buffet or family style meal (like you would find at Garden Grill Restaurant), 1 Table-Service entitlement will be redeemed that includes your beverage. Wes, for any adults in your party over age 21 who may enjoy an alcoholic beverage, you may use that as your included drink (where available). 

    Wes, I would highly recommend browsing through the menus you can find online before booking any Advanced Dining Reservations or planning out your park days. Looking through the menus prior to visiting has really helped my family decide where we want to eat and think about how best to use our dining plan entitlements. One other tip I will offer is that perusing the menus allows us to set aside a tip budget for the trip since gratuities are not included in the Disney Dining Plan.

    Wes, I hope this helps as you are looking ahead to your Magical trip. If you need anymore planning assistance, restaurant recommendations or support, please come back and see us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Wishing you a vacation that is delicious in every sense of the word, 
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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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