• On Dec 15, 2018
    Tina from PA 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 staying at Shades of Green resort. Is it true that we can not purchase a Disney dining plan?

    Hi Tina!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Mine is a Military family too. We love so much how patriotic Walt Disney was, and that Walt Disney World Resort continues to honor service members today. Be sure to catch the daily Flag Retreat Ceremony in Magic Kingdom Park! It's really neat to see so many guests and Cast Members come together to thank our nation's heroes.

    Disney Dining Plans are only available for guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel as both the number of entitlements as well as the system used to keep track of everything is linked to each guest room reservation. While these plans can be convenient in a lot of ways, I like making my own dining plan by pre-purchasing Disney Gift Cards ahead of my vacation and using them to pay for our meals and snacks. Buying a few Disney Gift Cards every few weeks kind of acts like its own payment plan. And even better, there are certain warehouse club stores and big box retailers who sell the cards with slightly more value loaded on them than what you end up paying. 

    I like that by using Disney Gift Cards, we can order exactly what we want, where we want. Only certain dining locations and specific snack items qualify as a meal or snack credit; however, the only place I've ever had trouble using a Disney Gift Card was at the AMC Dine-in Theatre at Disney Springs. And a really neat bonus is that at the end of the vacation, if there is still some value left on your cards, those funds can be spent on bonus souvinEARs or saved for a future visit!

    Do note that Disney Gift Cards are not currently able to be used for Mobile Dining Orders, but keep checking the Disney Parks Blog because that could always change.

    We'll See You Real Soon, Tina!
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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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