Family grabbing snacks from cart
  • On Jul 20, 2022
    Elaine from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Also forgot to ask about the dining plans. My neighbor said they used a plan when they went a few years ago and paid for their meals before they came. How does that work? Do we have to pick what will be eating before we come?

    Howdy Hey Elaine,

    It's great to see you back at planDisney. I love that you are thinking about one of the best parts of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation - the amazing Disney Dining options. I could chat about all the delicious Disney food options for hours, and don't even get me started on the long list of scrumptious snacks! 

    As a mom of four young men, someone is always hungry in our clan and keeping up with their appetites adds up quickly. Our family has added a Disney Dining Plan to most of our magical adventures as it was a great way for our family to budget for meals in advance . Depending on the plan we had selected, we would receive dining credits to be used at our favorite quick service or table service Walt Disney World location. For example, our preferred plan provided each member of our family with one quick service meal, one table service meal and two snacks or non-alcoholic beverages per night of our stay. There were a few restrictions on the number of credits needed for particular dining locations and some snack items were not included, but generally any plan we selected was easy to use at our favorite locations. We did need to select the type of plan while we were booking our trip but we did not need to select our actual meals or snacks in advance. And while advance reservations are always highly recommended for Disney's amazing table service locations (since availability is limited and most locations fill up fast) they were not a requirement as part of the dining plan.  

    Unfortunately, the Disney Dining Plans are temporarily suspended and there has not been an announcement on when they will be available again. The good news is I have chatted with a number of Cast Members and they are all optimistic that the dining plans will return, hopefully soon. Be sure to check Disney Parks Blog frequently as they will have the return date as soon as it is available. I would also be happy to update you on any announcements or additional planning tips anytime you want to stop back and see me

    Hope to see ya real soon, 
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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