• On Apr 8, 2018
    Aimee from KY 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.

    My family has a QS dining plan for our upcoming trip. Are substitutions allowable? My 10yo daughter might prefer a cupcake instead of her drink at BoG lunch. She would likely prefer breadsticks to salad at Pinocchio Village Haus. Are these changes allowed?

    Hi Aimee,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I just got home from a magical vacation, and I really loved having the opportunity to try lots of new beverages (and take silly pictures with said beverages) while on the Disney Dining Plan.

    On our recent trip, I convinced my husband that we needed to be on the Disney Dining Plan for #resEARch, so I would be able to help Guests coming to the Disney Parks Moms Panel for help. I took my job seriously, so I pulled out my Moms Panelist badge (just kidding...though I seriously wish we had badges) more than once and asked lots of questions at the various restaurants we enjoyed. What I learned is that substitutions are allowable at some restaurants, but not at others, and that it’s at the discretion of your server as well as based on the way the restaurant is run. I know that doesn’t give you an easy answer wrapped up in a Minnie bow, but my best advice is to ask your server what substitutions might be available. 

    I love Disney Cast Members because most of them genuinely want to sprinkle pixie dust on your visit. We ate at a Quick Service location offering breadsticks, and we were told that they could count as a side (instead of salad) or could be charged as an additional snack credit. That was true in one restaurant, but may not be true at others. Similarly, I have a feeling the cupcake won't count as a substitution for a drink, but you may be able to order it as a snack credit. I suggest asking with a big smile and hoping for the best without expecting a certain outcome. We did pay out of pocket a few times when there were things that weren’t included, such as glow cubes or other cute or delicious add-ons – and that was worth it for us.

    I hope that helps, Aimee. Please come back and see us if you have any other questions as you plan!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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