• On Mar 5, 2018
    Vanessa from Curacao 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 still do not understand how the dining plan works, I am a mom of three and we will be travelling to WDW this December. If I get the plan, does that mean that for 1 meal out of the day I will still have to pay out of pocket? I am confused.

    Hi Vanessa, 

    Thank you for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.  I know that sometimes planning a Walt Disney World Resort can be slightly overwhelming, but once everything is in place, you will have the trip of a lifetime!

    With the Dining Plan, guests are given "entitlements" based on how many nights you are staying.  So with the Disney Dining Plan, each night of your stay, you will have one Table-Service entitlement, One Quick-Service entitlement, and two Snacks for each guest in your party.  These entitlements can be used from the time you check in until midnight on the evening you check out.  They do not need to be used each day, you can divide them as you would like.  

    In theory you are allocated two actual meals per night of your stay, but with the Snack entitlements you should be able to manage without having to purchase any other meals out of pocket.  What my family does is typically share a Quick-Service meal for lunch and use a snack if we need a little more.  There are so many healthy snack options, my daughter will typically choose fruit or veggies for her snack and with our Quick-Service meal and the extra snack it is more than enough. I find that the portion sizes are large enough for my daughter and I, even with sharing we usually have leftovers.  We typically will pay for a breakfast or two out of pocket during our stay, but we could actually get away without having to add this expense, but being on vacation, sometimes we indulge in a few too many Dole Whips and Mickey Bars.  

    I hope that helps explain the Disney Dining Plan, Vanessa.  Please let us know if you have any other questions, we are always happy to help.  

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I'm a Canadian mom with so many wonderful memories at Walt Disney World Resort!  I would love to use my experience in  traveling with toddlers, children, tweens and guests with limited mobility to help others experience all the magic Disney has to offer. Learn More About Stephanie

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