• On May 28, 2019
    Giovanna from IL 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.

    Hello! in order to buy a disney dinning plan do you need to stay at a Disney park hotel?

    Welcome back, Giovanna, to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    The Disney Dining Plan is a great way to make sure that you and your family have budgeted all of your meals during your Disney vacation. Currently, only guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World resort can have the option of adding the Dining Plan to their Magic Your Way vacation package. The Magic, Your Way package, includes a resort reservation, theme park tickets, and the optional Disney Dining Plan. 

    When we stay off property in the Orlando area, we budget each meal carefully and use Disney Gift Cards to cover the expenses of our meals and snacks. If your plans change and you decide to stay at a Disney resort, you can add the Disney Dining Plan at any time. 

    Giovanna, thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Hopefully, one day in the future having the dining plan no matter where you stay during your Disney vacation will be an option. If you have specific questions about the three options of the dining plan, how to use the dining credits, or which Advanced Dining Reservation you should make, please stop by and visit with us again.

    Happy planning,
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My love for all things Disney developed at the age of three from my parents. Today, my Prince, Princess, husband, and extended family share my passion for Walt Disney World too. I am excited to share my passion with you, as I help you plan your next Disney vacation.  Learn More About Korliss

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