• On Jan 26, 2017
    Kristy from OK 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.

    Can you still purchase the dining plan if you don't stay at one of the resorts

    Hi, Kristy!

    The Disney Dining Plan can only be purchased as part of a vacation package that includes room/tickets/dining. Since you are staying off property, you will not be eligible.

    Ready for the good news? You can still enjoy all the wonderful dining locations in Walt Disney World. You just need to pay out of pocket as you go. You are welcome to make your dining reservations 180 days in advance either online or by calling (407)WDW-DINE.

    While you will not need dining reservations for Quick Service locations, reservations are highly recommended for Table Service locations, and especially at those ever popular character buffets. Because everyone wants to share dinner with Mickey Mouse - what is more magical than that!

    Just a quick tip for you...Free cups of ice water are available at any counter service location, so that might be one less thing for you to stock up on in your tote bag that you take to the theme parks. I know as a mom, I carry enough of my kids' stuff around, the last thing I need is to lug a bunch of heavy water bottles!

    Enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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