• On Aug 23, 2017
    Chelsea from CA 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.

    I'm staying at a Disney resort for my vacation but I'm visiting Disney before my check in date. I have the Dining plan with my vacation and I was wondering if I can use my Dining plan credits before my check in date?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Chelsea! Thank you for stopping by and bringing us such a great question.

    I completely understand wanting to jump in on the fun, and tasty Disney food, as soon as you arrive! There’s just so much to see, taste, and explore at the most magical place on earth. Soon enough you’ll be right there enjoying it all. Yay!

    Chelsea, when it comes to your Magic Your Way vacation package with a Disney Dining Plan, your dining credits won’t be available for use until the check-in date of your resort reservation. But as Timon and Pumbaa would say, Hakuna Matata! There are many great options that won’t break your budget in the parks and throughout the resort and Disney Springs where you can enjoy some budget friendly meals on that day before your Dining Plan credits are available to you.

    Some of my favorite quick service options are Capt’ Cooks at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza at Disney Springs, and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café at Magic Kingdom. And now I’m officially hungry!

    I hope you have a magical and tasty time during your visit! Be sure to lock in all your favorite restaurant reservations early! You can begin making all your Advance Dining Reservations as early as 180-days ahead.

    Have a magical day and come back and see us again soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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