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  • On Dec 4, 2014
    Jodie from MI 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.

    First Time booking on resort disney vacation. When booking do I have to include the meal plan at time of reservation? Or can I add this at a later time. (prior to paying vacation in full).

    Hi Jodie,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!  How very exciting that you're making plans for your first Walt Disney World vacation!  You have so many magical memories just waiting for you.

    In most cases, you can book a vacation directly with Disney without including a dining plan and then make that addition later.  I actually do this quite often myself since I like to be sure I have my Disney Resort hotel and dates confirmed just as soon as possible, but I'm not always ready to decide on the rest of my vacation details.  Just keep in mind that to add a dining plan, you must book a vacation package that also includes a Disney Resort hotel and theme park tickets.  The current rule is that you must call at least 48 hours before your arrival date to convert your reservation to a vacation package, so just keep that in mind when you're making your plans.  To make a new reservation or to make changes to an existing reservation, you can call (407) W-DISNEY (934-7639) and speak with a Cast Member.

    If you're booking with a travel agent or a third-party site (such as Expedia), be sure to check in advance if this is possible, as those rules can vary quite a bit.

    I hope that helps, Jodie, but write me back if you have any other questions as you make your vacation plans. 

    Wishing you a magical vacation and delicious dining!

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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Missouri

My love of Walt Disney World Resort may have started when I was a child, but I've grown to love it even more as a parent vacationing with my own kids. If you have questions about traveling with toddlers, tweens or teens, "Disney Dining" or in-park special events, ask away! Learn More About Beth

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