• On Aug 18, 2018
    Jamee from MO 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're planning on staying off Disney grounds when we come in February. Are we still able to have a dining plan without staying on property? How does that all work?!?

    Hi Jamee!

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Winter's a great time to visit Walt Disney World Resort because it's so nice to get away from the cold to enjoy a vacation in the Florida sunshine! Keep in mind that advanced dining reservations open 180 days in advance, so you should be able to make dining reservations for your February vacation either now or in the next few weeks, which is the best way to ensure you are able to enjoy the dining experiences on your "must-do" list!

    Disney dining plans are a great way to pay for the majority of your dining expenses in advance of your vacation. The Disney dining plans are all connected to a reservation at a Disney Resort hotel through a vacation package, where Guests receive one set of dining entitlements per person on their reservation per night of the reservation. Unfortunately, there is no way to add a dining plan to your vacation if you are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel, so if you will be staying at a different hotel, you will not be able to add a dining plan to your trip.

    Even without a dining plan, you will still be able to enjoy many incredible dining experiences during your trip. If you are still interested in paying for dining expenses in advance, I recommend that you consider purchasing Disney Gift Cards to use during your vacation. I always get Disney Gift Cards for our trips and as I find it's great way to manage our travel funds!

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions as you continue planning! T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!


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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to three little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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