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  • On Mar 7, 2022
    Theresa from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family has been to Disney World several times and enjoyed the budgeting convenience of “The Dining Plan”. Now I am finding it unavailable. I am just not sure how to plan a trip if I can’t plan a food budget with reservations.

    Hi Theresa!

    I love that you are a fellow Walt Disney World lover like me. Part of the magic of visiting the Walt Disney World parks and resorts is enjoying all of the yummy food! From Mickey Pretzels to Dole Whips to Churros, the "must-have" food list for me is endless! 

    I adored the Disney Dining Plan as well, as it saved time and money while being extremely convenient. At the current time, there has not yet been an announcement regarding the return of the Disney Dining Plan. But definitely keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

    Even though the Disney Dining Plan is not yet available, I have a few tips for you to help with your food budgeting. I love checking out the menus for many of the restaurants ahead of time on the Walt Disney World website. The menus include both the foods offered and the prices. For example, you can review the menu for Be Our Guest and see the complete meal options, consisting of several courses, under their prix fixe menu. If you want to dine there, you can budget for this restaurant ahead of time.

    For Quick Service options, you can also see the menu and prices online. For example, if you know you want to have a Dole Whip, you can check out the menu for Aloha Isle, note the prices, and include this in your budget. Even if you don't know everywhere you are going to eat, you can note the average cost of drinks, meals, and snacks, and then establish a budget per day per person that you want to stick with.

    Don't forget to make your advanced dining reservations 60 days in advance online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

    I hope you have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

My name is Stacy and I'm a native Carolinian, single mom to two amazing teens, and a Walt Disney World fanatic! My kids and I are Disney Annual Passholders and whether we are celebrating a birthday, running a runDisney race, or simply having a craving for a Mickey pretzel, we visit the most magical place on earth as much as possible! I am ecstatic to share the tips and tricks I have learned over the yEARS as part of the planDisney panel!
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