• On Aug 2, 2019
    Emmetta 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.

    We are seeing conflicting info re the Dining Plan. For a child qs/ts , must they order from the kid's menu when available or can they order from an adult menu? For adults over 21, is both an alcoholic AND a non-alcoholic bev included or only one?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Emmetta! 

    The Disney Dining Plan really works for my family, and we have so much dining fun on stays where we purchase the plan. For me, pre-paying makes our vacation feel all-inclusive, and we can order whatever looks good on the menu without thinking about cost or budget since we’ve already paid. We also love tasting ALL the snacks around the Walt Disney World Resort, and the snack entitlements allow me to enjoy favorites like the iconic Dole Whip AND try the tasty new treats I drool over when reading the Disney Parks Blog. Okay, now I’m hungry – preferably for something Mickey shaped!

    I’m sorry to hear you’re seeing conflicting information about Disney Dining Plan usage. It can get confusing because sometimes nuances in the plan change from year to year (I’m STILL celebrating the addition of select adult beverages and specialty drinks!), and because sometimes servers and restaurants will allow exceptions or sprinkle pixie dust, which is never guaranteed but always appreciated.

    When it comes to children aged 3-9 on the 2019 Disney Dining Plan, they must order from the children’s menu when available. As for adults aged 21 and older, they may choose either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, but can’t order both on the Disney Dining Plan. Remember, though, that the Disney Dining Plan does come with a Resort Refillable Mug, so if you’re dining at a Disney resort, you’ll be able to swing by a Quick-Service location and fill up on soda or coffee. I usually carry our mugs in my backpack when I know we’ll be visiting a resort hotel. (Note that the refillable mugs cannot be filled in the theme parks at this time.) You’re also welcome to add a second beverage and pay out of pocket if you’d like.

    I hope this helps clear things up, Emmetta! I hope you enjoy some amazing meals, great snacks, and fun drinks during your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. As much as I love all the entertainment, character experiences, and attractions at Walt Disney World, I also love enjoying a great meal with my family and talking about all our magical adventures, and I hope you get lots of those lovely together moments on your upcoming visit!

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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