Character Dining with Donald Duck; Tusker House Restaurant; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jan 28, 2024
    David from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can each family have a separate dining plan if staying under one resort reservation?

    Hiya David!

    Welcome to planDisney! My family has enjoyed using dining plans before and we are so glad to have them back. I love having a huge part of my vacation essentially "pre-paid" and ready to be enjoyed. 

    Dining plans are available for guests who have purchased certain vacation packages to Walt Disney World Resort and the plan provides a certain number of meals and snacks per each night of your trip for all guests on the reservation. The meals and snacks are all loaded right at the beginning and can be used as you like during your trip. In addition, guests who are sharing a room, if deciding to purchase a dining plan must all have the dining plan. It also must be the same dining plan. You have to determine if the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan is best suited for your family as everyone will have to use the same one. However, if you have different families staying in different rooms or reservations but traveling together, there can be some variety. Each family or room can choose their dining plan type. Just because you are all enjoying a vacation together and linked on the Family & Friends List does not mean you all have to have the same plan. One of my favorite character dining experiences is Tusker House Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The food is so flavorful and the characters are so cute in their safari looks!

    I tell everyone who asks (and some who don't) that the best use of the dining plan is for Character Dining. Most of the Character Dining experiences use one Table-Service meal and these meals are the best value. You will have a yummy meal with fun character interactions using your dining plan excellently. However, the meals that use two Table Service meals, while a bit more extravagant should only be selected if it is something you really want to enjoy. 

    I hope this helps and if you continue to have questions feel free to let me know!

    Happy Planning! 
    -Nimmy 

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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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