• On May 26, 2019
    Jessica from WA 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.

    We are a party of 8. Our family of 4 is planning on getting Disney Dining Plan but the other people in our party are not getting the dining plan. When booking our ADRs for 8, can we have half the party on the dining plan and half not? Anything to know?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jessica!

    My family and I really love using the Disney Dining Plan when we're on vacation, and you're about to find out how easy and convenient it is when you visit Walt Disney World Resort this year. The Dining Plan is really flexible to use no matter who you're dining with, so let's talk about what to do when you're eating with other guests who aren't using Dining Plan credits themselves.

    When you're booking your advanced dining reservations in a few weeks, you can go ahead and make your selections for your entire party of eight. With the exception of a few restaurants, like Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park which requires payment in advance, you do not need to make any mention of your Dining Plan or how you're going to settle the check. When you arrive for your vacation and go to a Table-Service restaurant together, the Cast Member serving you will ask if you're using the Disney Dining Plan, and you can just let them know that some of you are but the rest of you aren't. They'll be able to take care of it for you using a little bit of magic, and you will receive a split check when the bill comes. From there, you can just tap your MagicBand to redeem your Dining Plan credits!

    I hope this answers your questions, Jessica, and please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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