• On Mar 29, 2018
    Araceli from TX 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.

    On the 2018 summer meal deal, Am I limited to the entrees on the menu at the quick service restaurants? Can I substitute my "free" drink for a snack? Can I order any drink on the menu?

    Hi, Araceli! I have always appreciated the convenience that comes with the Disney Dining Plans, but the 2018 versions brought even more convenience! These plans make it so easy to provide a magical meal for each member of your family.

    Your Summer Meal Deal includes one meal entitlement for each member of your party to use at a select Quick Service dining location for each night of your stay. You may use the entitlements for any meal - breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A Quick Service meal includes one entrée and one single-serving beverage, non-alcoholic for guests under age 21 or optional alcoholic for guests over age 21. I do know there are some dining locations that offer separate sides in addition to entrées, but you will not be able to order both. Most entrées do usually come with a side (such as a sandwich with fries, green beans, etc.), but some entrées are a whole meal within itself (such as pasta dishes). You can certainly choose a side as your main course, but that would not be a great use of your meal entitlement!

    So, let's discuss beverages, which are a pretty hot topic these days! A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as artisanal milkshakes, fresh smoothies, premium hot chocolate, soda, coffee or tea. While there are some exceptions, a single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as beer, cider, wine, sangria, mixed drinks, and specialty cocktails. Upon talking with a Cast Member today, I was told that substitutions were not allowed when using Dining Plan entitlements. However, I do know of several friends and fellow panelists who have been able to substitute a snack for the beverage when they asked. So, my advice there is that it never hurts to ask nicely!

    Thank you for stopping by with this question and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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