• On Jul 9, 2021
    Lance from CO Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Going in January, any idea?When will dining plans be available l

    Hello and Welcome, Lance. I'm so glad you've stopped by planDisney with your question. 

    The Disney Dining Plan sure is a fan favorite. I know my family and I have enjoyed using the program on past vacations. It's really nice to have everything for a vacation paid for ahead of time. It sure does make it a lot easier to get that expensive menu item at dinner without even blinking an eye. 

    Since the reopening of Walt Disney World, the Disney Dining Plan has not yet returned to us. However, last week over on the Disney Parks Blog there was an update. While we still don't have a date, we do know that the Disney Dining Plan will indeed eventually return to us. That's great news for fans like us, Lance. If the Disney Dining Plan is released before your Walt Disney World vacation next January, I am sure you will be able to add it to your existing vacation package. If it looks similar to what it did before, you will probably be able to add it up to 48 hours prior to your check-in date. 

    Until then, Lance, I suggest picking up some Disney Gift Cards here and there to help pay for dining while you are on vacation. This is similar to the Disney Dining Plan in the sense that the money is already taken from your bank account and has to be used for something at Walt Disney World. I like to pick up a small Disney Gift Card each time I go grocery shopping. It doesn't add a lot to my bill but I am always amazed at how quickly they add it. If the Disney Dining Plan does return, you can always use the gift cards that you've saved to pay off the balance of your trip. 

    I'm sorry I don't have an exact date for you, but I have my fingers crossed that the Disney Dining Plan will return sooner rather than later. If you have any other questions before your trip, please come back and ask me. I'm happy to help. 

    Have a great day!  
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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