• On Oct 9, 2021
    Edwin from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I purchase a dining plan, if I already have park tickets and reservations but will not be staying in a Disney Resort?

    Hello there, Edwin. I'm so glad you've stopped by planDisney to chat about the Disney Dining Plans. It is an absolute fan-favoriite! 

    At this time, Edwin, the Disney Dining Plan remains temporarily suspended. It has not yet returned since the shutdown of Walt Disney World last year. The good news is that we know for sure that the Disney Dining Plan will eventually return to us. The bad news is, we don't have any updated timeline on when. 

    When the Disney Dining Plan does eventually come back to us, Edwin, I am not sure it will look the same or be restructured. We are seeing some things change as they have been brought back to us. If the Disney Dining Plan looks like it did previously, you would have to be a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guest to utilize it. 

    Edwin, something I've been doing in place of the Disney Dining Plan has been to use Disney Gift Cards for food and beverage purchases while at Walt Disney World. It's similar to the Disney Dining Plan in the sense that it is paid for ahead of time and has to be used for something at Walt Disney World. It's been a nice way to budget for meals in the meantime. You can find Disney Gift Cards at most major retail stores. I like to grab a small dollar amount one while I am grocery shopping. It doesn't add a lot to my bill but I am always amazed at how quickly they can add up. 

    I'm sorry I don't have more of an update for you at this time, Edwin. For more information when it is released, keep checking over at the Disney Parks Blog or stop back by here and ask me. I'm happy to keep you updated with what I know!

    Have a great day.  
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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