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  • On May 4, 2023
    Jennifer from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Lisa, Are dining plan options available if you do not stay at Disney?

    Hi Jennifer! Welcome to planDisney! Thanks so much for taking the time to personally send me your question. I'm so excited to help you! 

    Dining is my favorite part of planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The Disney Dining Plan, when offered, is a benefit that is only available to guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel. At this time, the Disney Dining Plan is temporarily unavailable. If you are looking for an alternative to the dining plan, I recommend purchasing some Disney Gift Cards before your arrival to use when paying for meals. I also like to save money by using my Disney Visa Card to earn Disney Rewards. I use the Disney Reward dollars on our dining and souvenirs during our vacation. These are great ways to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation feel like it's paid for, and you can just sit back and enjoy the memories!

    You can make Advanced Dining Reservations up to 60 days before the date you wish to dine. I suggest having a must-do list of places you want to dine before you reach this date so that you can be all set to make those reservations. One of the features I love about the Walt Disney World website is that you can filter your search by the type of dining, the cuisine, and the location.

    We can't wait for you to be our guest at The Most Magical Place on Earth! I'm happy to answer all of your planning questions, so please feel free to send them to me at planDisney! You've got a friend in me! 

    Happy Planning!
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Meet the Panelist: Lisa, Colorado

Hi everyone! I’m Lisa from Colorado where I live Happily Ever After as a mom, wife, and kindergarten teacher! I was raised on all things Disney and fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort on my first visit at six years old. I'm lucky to be an annual Passholder at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I love visiting my laughing places as often as possible! I’m so excited to help you plan special memories at The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place on Earth! Learn More About Lisa

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