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  • On Feb 28, 2012
    Sabrina from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Read reviews in the Unoffical Guide to Disney that the Dining Plan is confusing and hard to figure out when you are ordering. We purchased this - how true are the reviews I read? Can you swap a dessert for something else? Will we have problems ordering?

    Hi Sabrina!

    Personally, I don't feel that the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is confusing at all, actually quite the contrary. I book the Disney Dining Plan every time I visit because I feel that it saves us time money and stress.

    The basic Disney Dining Plan includes one table service, one quick service and one snack per guest, per night of your stay. Many of the restaraunt are covered under the DDP and most menu's even have a cheat sheet that lists if an item is covered under the plan. For example, if you visit Pecos Bills in the Magic Kingdom, it is covered under the DDP. You can order any drink, entree and dessert from the menu. If you eat a Table Service meal, it is equally as straight forward. For example, at Ohana, they even go so far as to just bring out your all-you-can-eat selection to the table, including drinks, meal and dessert.

    The only thing that can be slightly confusing is understanding what snacks are covered. As a general rule, all snacks that are under $4.00 and are a single-serving are covered under the plan. This includes frozen ice cream bars, popcorn, a whole piece of fruit or a drink.

    And there is no problem swapping a dessert for a piece of fruit instead. I always trade in my dessert at Pecos Bills for extra grapes and I stash them in my bag for a healthy snack for later.

    Review the 2012 Disney Dining Plan for more details.

    Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.

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Meet the Panelist: Stacy, South Carolina

Mother, wife, runner and Disney World fanatic! I'm passionate about Disney, running, fitness and fun! We have visited Disney World every year since our kids were toddlers. I love helping families plan their vacation at the most magical place on earth. Learn More About Stacy

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