EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 20, 2013
    Sarah 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.

    Purchased the dining plan, If we are at our sit down meal how do you know if you stay in your meal "budget" & obviously it doesn't include gratuity so does that go on your card they have on your key to the kingdom or do you pay that part sepa

    Hi Sarah!
    The regular Disney Dining Plan includes 1 table service credit, 1 quick service credit and 1 snack per a person per a night of your stay, and a refillable resort mug to use at your Disney Resort for the duration of your vacation.
    Credits are pooled per a reservation and not actually by person.  For instance if you have 2 adults and 2 children on the plan for a five night stay, you will have 10 Table service credits (adults), 10 table service credits (children), 20 quick service credits and 20 snack credits.  
    Here is what is allowed during meals in exchange for a table service credit:
    Breakfast- 1 entree and 1 (non alcoholic)beverage or buffet
    Lunch/Dinner- Entree, dessert, 1 (non alcoholic beverage) or buffet
    *There are times when certain items may not be included in the dining plan, but they will clearly be stated on the menu.
    Disney makes it very convenient to keep track of your remaining credits, they will be listed at the bottom of your receipt for every meal showing the amount of dining plan credits remaining and you can also check with your resort's concierge where they can also print your remaining credits.
    When adding gratuity on the dining plan, it can be paid almost anyway that you prefer.  Cash, credit, room charge (Key to the World Card) and even Disney gift cards can be used.  They also include suggested tip amounts at the bottom of your bill to make it easy to calculate.  Remember if you have a party of 6 or more, your bill will automatically include 18% gratuity.  The dinner shows already have gratuity included so make sure to check your bill carefully before adding in gratuity.  Please let us know if you have anymore questions!

    Have a Magical Vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, South Carolina

My husband and I are the parents of five rambunctious Disney loving children.I  I'm passionate about helping families find the magic that is Disney , so let me show you all the magic and savings that awaits on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Mandy

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