• On Aug 23, 2018
    Kimberly from NC 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.

    Hi! I'll be using the dining plan for the first time when we arrive in Feb of next year. I just want to make sure I understand it well enough to use it right. How will I know when an item is available as a quick service meal?

    Hi Kimberly,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am happy to greet a fellow North Carolinian!

    It sounds as if you plan to use the Disney Dining Plan - this is one of my family's favorite dining plans. Using your dining plan will be relatively easy once you arrive. We always ask a cast member for clarification of what counts when we arrive to a dining location. Many restaurants have signs that identify items eligible for a dining plan. 

    Before our trips, we always plan most of our meals so that I can be sure we have enough meal entitlements to last for the entire trip. Remember that meal entitlements are calculated per night of stay so that if you are on the Disney Dining Plan and staying for six nights, each person in your party on the dining plan will receive 12 meal entitlements (six quick-service and six table-service). Once we identify the restaurants we plan to experience, I check each restaurant's website looking for a link that says "Some Dining Plans Accepted." If that link is available, I click on it to see which dining plans are accepted. Or, check the 2018 Disney Dining Plans Participating Location List (updated each year).

    Kimberly, remember to download the My Disney Experience Mobile App if you have not done so yet. With the mobile app, you can check remaining dining plan entitlements. Also, make advanced dining reservations for table-service meals and for Be Our Guest Restaurant (quick-service service at breakfast and lunch). We adore The Crystal Palace, Cinderella's Royal Table, Chef Mickey's, 1900 Park Fare and 'Ohana!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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