• On Jan 5, 2020
    Sonia from ON 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.

    Hi moms! We are staying a few nights pre-cruise on property. If I don't have theme park tickets, can I add the Disney dining plan? Thinking of spending those days at the water parks instead. Thanks!


    Thanks for your question! 

    So I love the idea of a few nights at one of those great Disney Resorts with just time to explore the resort, relax before the cruise, splash around at the water parks and take in some of the amazing restaurants. I have never taken a trip where I went to both Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park on the same trip. Each have their own unique and fun features. I will have to plan that NOW!

    Unfortunately the Disney Dining Plans do require that you have a Disney Resort Hotel Package that includes room and theme park tickets. So while the answer is no, I think that there are other ways to save on your dining costs, and have some fun in the process. What my family likes to do is skip on so many table service restaurants and instead eat like we are at Epcot's World Showcase. Let me explain.

    We hop on the Magic Kingdom Monorail loop, stopping at each resort. We start at the Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and get an order of sushi from Kona Island to share. Next stop, the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for one of the great sandwiches at the Gasparilla Island Grill, and then for dessert either a Mickey Bar at Disney's Contemporary Resort or we go back to the Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian for a Dole Whip!

    They now have the Highway in the Sky Dine Around that is designed on the same idea, but my way is a bit easier on the budget, and give more time to explore the resorts!

    Have a Magical (and delicious) Vacation!
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