• On Mar 31, 2019
    Katie from Berkshire 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.

    I am planning on upgrading my free QS dining plan to DDP plan - but the rest of my family aren't, so there will only be 3 of us on the DDP - at Chef Mickey's can we pay for 5 people with TS credits and everyone else with cash?

    It's great to see you here today at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Katie!

    It's so lucky that you were able to snag the Free Dining promotion that was offered earlier this year! My husband and I were able to get that deal on a recent vacation and it really opened up the possibility for us to try a lot of new and exciting restaurants.

    Upgrading your Disney Dining Plan is a great idea if you want to take advantage of some of the great dining experiences available to guests, especially Character Dining. Since everyone who is staying in the same Walt Disney World Resort Hotel room shares the same balance of Dining Plan credits, your family members staying in the same room as you must be on the same Dining Plan, so if you're upgrading, everyone else in your room must upgrade as well. If I'm understanding you correctly, there will be three of you using the Disney Dining Plan, so it is only those three people who will be able to redeem credits when you go to Chef Mickey's together. The rest of your family on the reservation who are not using the Dining Plan are then welcome to pay in whatever way is most convenient for them: with cash, a credit card, or by using their MagicBand to charge it to their room. Splitting the bill between Dining Plan credits and another form of payment is really easy! My husband and I do this all the time when we redeem a Table-Service credit for an entrée and a dessert and then pay out of pocket for some appetizers or a bottle of wine.

    I hope this answers your questions, Katie, and 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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