• On Aug 20, 2019
    Suzie from AE 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 know that there are exceptions, AP, DVC including a point rental, and military, But for the rest of us do we have to buy tickets through Disney, or a TA, with our room or can we buy them from discount sellers and still get the dining plan?

    Hi Suzie!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Many Guests love the Disney Dining Plan for the flexibility, savings, and the ability to pre-pay for their dining adventures at the Walt Disney World Resort. For my family, part of the fun of a Disney vacation is the food! Special Character Dining experiences, birthday dinner celebrations, and even just enjoying popcorn while waiting for the Festival of Fantasy Parade are all special Disney moments for us.

    Currently, the Disney Dining Plan is available for purchase by Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel who purchase it as part of a package that includes theme park tickets. As you mentioned, there are exceptions for Disney Vacation Club reservations, Annual Passholders, and special Military packages, but if you don’t fall into one of those categories, then you would need to purchase your theme park tickets through Disney either directly or through your Travel Agent if you wished to also purchase the Disney Dining Plan.

    If you do decide to add the Disney Dining Plan, come back to see us if you’d like some of our expert recommendations on the best snacks, meals, and goodies to be had throughout the Walt Disney World Resort! One of my favorite snacks is the Mickey Red Velvet Whoopie Pie from Sunshine Seasons in Epcot, and no trip is complete without one.

    Happy Planning!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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