• On Oct 12, 2019
    Rachel from LA 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 have looked all over but can’t seem to find the exact answer. We are planning a trip next year and could possibly be staying in a family owned condo instead of a WDWR. Can we still purchase a dining plan even though we will be staying off property?

    Dear Rachel,
    Thank you for stopping by with your question! We are glad you came to see us. 
    Disney dining plans are only available as part of Disney Resort Hotel Packages—which also include a Resort hotel stay and theme park tickets so I am afraid that you won't be able to add a dining plan if you are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel. 

    Dining plans are super convenient prepaid meal packages that give guests lots of freedom, independence and the ability to focus on the food rather than the prices. My family loves character dining very much; we usually try to have one character meal every day of our trip, whether it is breakfast with Minnie and friends at Cape May Café in Disney's Beach Club Resort or at Chef Mickey's in Disney's Contemporary Resort, lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table or Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, OR dinner at 1900 Park Fare in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. If we wanted to have all these meals and pay for each of them separately, it would probably add up quite a bit towards our final balance. The Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan will provide a table-service credit per night of stay that you can use exactly for these. 

    Being immersed in the magic 24/7 has no parallel. Driving through the gates at night and back in the morning will break the spell not once but twice each day. Staying in a Disney Resort Hotel will open a world of benefits that you will not be able to access otherwise. There are hotels suitable for all tastes and budgets. I strongly recommend you reconsider your choice, you'll see afterward it was the best decision you could have ever made!

    Rachel, I wish you and your family the most pixie-dusted vacation of all!  Please keep coming back with more and more questions; we are hEAR to help you!
    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Desiree, Peru

Hi! I'm Desiree from Lima, Peru. My family will never ever tire of visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth, even if means traveling almost 3,000 miles to do so! My husband and I love to watch the fireworks with our kids, but the best magic happens when the grandparents come along and we all feel the same age in front of Cinderella Castle! I love giving tips about different types of resorts and traveling with multigenerational groups.
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