• On Jan 2, 2020
    Duke from TX 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 planning a family vacation to stay in the Boardwalk Villas in January of 2021. My daughter wants the meal plan for her family and the others do not want it. Can the meal plan be split to 4 people only when all the tickets are link to one family?

    Hi Duke!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It is my utmost pleasure to help a fellow Texan plan a visit to Mickey’s house, especially a Grand Adventure with all of the family in tow!

    Disney Dining Plans are linked back to and shared between the guests staying in the same Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation. So for your vacation, if everyone is planning on staying in the same big room or villa, then yes, it would be an all-or-none situation. However, if your group is spread out in multiple resort hotel rooms that fall under multiple reservations, each linked back to a specific family like your daughter’s, then yes, just those staying in her reserved room can absolutely take advantage of a Disney Dining Plan without the rest of the whole crew needing to join in.

    If your daughter is interested in the Disney Dining Plans because of the convenience of being able to make payments on her sub-family’s meals ahead of your trip, something that I like to do is buy Disney Gift Cards in the months leading up to my vacation. Disney Gift Cards are accepted almost everywhere at Walt Disney World Resort; the only place I’ve ever had a bit of trouble is at the AMC Dine-In Movie Theater in Disney Springs. And something that’s really neat about pre-paying for meals this way is that any value that happens to be left over at the end of the vacation can be spent on last minute souvinEARs at the Disney Store at the airport or online. (OR saved up for your next Disney Parks vacation!) And one other cool bonus is that sometimes big box or warehouse club stores will sell Disney Gift Cards with slightly more value loaded on the cards than the amount you end up paying.

    I hope this helped clear things up for you, Duke, and we can’t wait to help you with any more Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning questions you might have before your arrival next yEAR!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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