• On Mar 18, 2017
    Christy from PA 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.

    Can you pay for your entire dining party if you have the dining plan and they do not?

    Hi Christy,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How nice of you to consider using your dining plan to pay for the meals of everyone in your party.

    Since the Dining Plan entitlements are non-transferable, you will not be able to pay for meals of individuals not on the dining plan. Guests not on a dining plan can pay for their meals separately if dining with guests who are on the dining plan.

    Remember that your meal and snack allowance is based on nights of stay. If staying for six nights, for example, using the Disney Dining plan, you would receive 12 meals per person 3-years and over on the dining plan. Half of those meals would be Quick-Service and half would be Table-Service. 

    I suspect that you have made Dining Reservations already. If not, remember that reservations can be made 180 days in advance and restaurants do fill quickly, especially for Character Meals!

    We always enjoy the food experience at the Walt Disney World Resort. Signature restaurants, like California Grill or Tiffins are a special treat. They typically require two meal entitlements per person per meal. My family loves to do at least one night out at a signature restaurant. Whenever we dine at a signature restaurant, the dining experience is quite lovely. It always adds a little extra pixie dust to our vacations.

    Happy Planning!

    I do hope you have a magical time!

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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