• On Jan 2, 2019
    Jennifer from NY 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 using the deluxe dining plan. Can I buy someone not on my plan a meal? And can I still trade my drink for a snack for 2019?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and thank you for your question. I’m making yummy noises just thinking about being on the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. One of my dear friends and fellow Moms Panelists keeps a running list of all the drinks, meals, snack, and treats she wants to try at Walt Disney World, and it’s impossible to keep up with, because new and delicious options are added all the time. The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan really allows you to, as the song goes, “try everything!”

    Substitutions on the Disney Dining Plan are at the discretion of the Cast Member serving you, and usually based on the restaurant’s policy. I’ve certainly been allowed to substitute a snack for a drink when dining at a resort Quick-Service restaurant, which makes sense because Guests on the dining plan can use their refillable mugs in the resorts. However, this is not a guaranteed substitution, so your best bet is to check with the Cast Member at your dining location to find out what may be allowed. 

    Jennifer, you are permitted use your entitlements to pay for another Guest who is not on the Disney Dining Plan. Just let your server know the plan at the time you order, as this makes the process go more smoothly. My family once had a meal paid for by a Guest on the last day of their vacation – they had a lot of entitlements left and were pixie-dusting their fellow Guests, which I thought was so cool. A very Cinderella-approved move!

    Enjoy every delicious bite of your Disney Deluxe Dining Plan! If you’d like to #resEARch new dining and snack options to enjoy on your visit, be sure to read the Disney Parks Blog for the latest dish.

    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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