• On Jan 24, 2018
    Amy from IA 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.

    Hello! I am in the process in planning our family's first Disney World trip! We are looking at coming in November. If by chance there is free DDP when we are there and we stay in the Value Resorts, can we pay to upgrade the DDP?

    Hey, Amy! The Special Offer you mentioned is truly a magical one! When it has been offered in the past, guests who stay at a Disney Value Resort and purchase a 2-Day or more Park Hopper theme park ticket are able to add the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan for free. Think of all the treats that Disney is known for that you will be able to try at no cost! Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bars, Dole Whips, Tonga Toast ... all for free! Wow!

    If this Special Offer is announced for this fall and includes your travel dates, I can certainly understand how you may want to upgrade it to include a Disney Dining Plan that offers Table Service meals. That plan would give you access to a dinner feast with the Beast at Be Our Guest Restaurant or an enchanted meal with Disney Princesses at Cinderella's Royal Table. If you are given the opportunity to book a Free Dining Special Offer, you will be given the option during the booking process to upgrade the dining plan included in your Magic Your Way Package. You will see a button that cues you to Select Dining Plan. Press that one and it will show the included Quick Service Dining Plan, but also will show the total cost for upgrading to another plan. Note that the additional cost of a higher dining plan will have given you credit for the base cost of the Quick Service Dining Plan. You will simply be paying for the difference in price between the two plans.

    Amy, I am sending you magical wishes as you continue to plan your trip. Please let us know if you have any other questions!


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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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