• On Jan 10, 2020
    Terri from TN 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.

    While researching places to spend my Disney Dining Plan snack credits, I noticed that Aloha Isle and Cheshire Cafe do not accept dining plans. Does this mean I cannot use my Snack credits on the famous Dole Whip and Cheshire Cat Tail?

    Hi Terri!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I love so much that you've been resEARching your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Don't forget to add to your reading list the Disney Parks Blog so you can keep up with all of the newest and the now.

    Terri I have good news, and I have great news. My friend and panel mate Anne Marie happens to be enjoying her own vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth this week and kept an eye out for the both of us. Thanks to her reporting (I like to envision her holding a churro in place of a microphone) we can confirm that both Aloha Isle and Cheshire Cafe are indeed Disney Dining Plan snack entitlement participating locations. In fact, looking at the pictures she took, all listed items on both menus except for one are eligible snacks, with the one exception being the Dole Whip served in a souvenEAR Tiki Bowl.

    I'm so sorry that you thought you might have to forego these classic Disney treats this trip. My theory is that the kiosks and Quick-Service locations that don't sell actual entrees or meal items have the non-participating disclaimer so guests will know that they can't use a full meal entitlement at that location, which does make it confusing for snack time. However, I do have a tip on double checking if specific locations or items qualify as snacks: in your My Disney Experience Mobile App, go through the initial steps of placing a Mobile Food & Beverage Order; don't worry, you don't actually have to add anything to your cart or complete the check-out process. When you get the menu of these Mobile Order Quick-Service locations in your app, each item that qualifies as a Dining Plan Snack will say so under the item description. *Do note that the one caveat to this trick is that you have to check during each park's normal operating hours.

    Now, for the great news - Did you know that you can find the iconic Dole Whip at a handful of other Disney Dining Locations all across Walt Disney World Resort, and usually with the option to make them pirate style? (That's with a floater of rum.) Be sure to add the following to your snack list:

    ~ Marketplace Snacks in Disney Springs
    ~ Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
    ~ Over in Epcot check with the Refreshment Port, unless you're visiting during a festival season, then look for a specific Pineapple food festival kitchen
    ~ And in addition to the Pineapple Lanai at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, you can even imbibe in my personal favorite, the Spikey Pineapple, at both Tiki Terrace and Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. (The difference here is that the rum and whip have been blended together.)

    I hope this info made your day, Terri, and We'll See You Real Soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and 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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