• On Apr 7, 2015
    Kimberly from NH 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.

    This is our first trip using the dining plan. Do I have to put all of my reservations on a credit card and then when we get there let them know that we're using the dining plan? How does this work? Thank you.

    Hey Kimberly-

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. You are making a fantastic choice! We love the Disney Dining Plan option because it allows us plenty of food at each meal, pre-sets our dining budget and helps us experience a variety of wonderful Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. Even though we don’t see them, we know those magic mops from Disney’s Fantasia clean up our mess afterward. Who wants to cook and clean on vacation? Not this guy!

    The Disney Dining Plans are options added to your Magic Your Way Vacation package. Only Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels may enjoy a Disney Dining Plan. When you make your reservations with a Disney travel specialist please tell them which Disney Dining Plan you would like to add. They are all special and provide different restaurant service options and food quantity. Your dining plan will be automatically bundled in your vacation package and will give you meal and snack credits based on every night of your hotel reservation.

    The credit card you give when making your advance dining reservation is for a deposit. Many of these dining spots are very popular and Disney wants to make sure the reservation is kept by the Guest. All restaurant menus are available online to help you pre-plan your meals and reduce broken reservations.

    When you get to the restaurant, your server will ask you if you will be using a Disney Dining Plan. You will let them know that you are and they will describe what is included in your specific plan. The dining plans do not cover gratuity so please leave cash or use a credit card if you want to leave a tip.

    It is truly a deliciously delightful experience to dine with Disney.

    Enjoy making (and eating) many Magical Memories!

    ~Jason ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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