• On Feb 8, 2018
    Jacqueline from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can I purchase a dining plan if I'm not staying in a Disney property?

    Hi Jacqueline!

    Thank you for reaching out to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! We're so excited to help answer any questions you have during your vacation planning process.

    Currently, Disney Dining Plans are available to guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. With over 30 uniquely themed and designed rooms, suites, cabins, condos and campsites, there is a room for every budget. While a number of Walt Disney World Resort amenities are complimentary to everyone - from transportation to Disney's PhotoPass services to FastPass+ reservations - a few amenities do remain exclusive to resort guests, like complimentary MagicBands and dining plans.

    However, since many view the dining plans as a way to pay for your meals in advance and not worry about prices when it comes time to decide what's for dinner, some guests choose to spend the budget that they would have set aside for a meal plan by buying Disney Gift Cards. Available for use at almost every restaurant, kiosk, food truck, and popcorn cart across the entire Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Gift Cards are available in many denominations, and can be purchased locally in your hometown at many grocery, big box, warehouse, and drug stores. I have yet to find a dining (or regular retail!) location that has rejected a Disney gift card. And it's really fun to see that smiling Mickey face every time I buy something.

    I do hope that this has helped with an alternative plan, Jacqueline, and please don't hesitate to write to us again with any more questions you have. We'll See You Real Soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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