Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Apr 18, 2013
    Kate 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.

    will be traveling with mom and boyfriend this oct. wondering how to differentiate what meals i want to use credits for and which i just want to charge to my hotel bill. want to make sure i get the most from my credits.

    Hi, Kate!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    The best way to maximize the value of your Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is to determine which Table-Service restaurants you'd like to dine at during your stay and then use your DDP at those with the more expensive menu items. However, I would personally recommend not using your DDP at Signature Dining locations which require 2 meal credits per person. Even if you plan to order the absolute most expensive entree, I don't feel this is a good use of your DDP credits. I would suggest paying out-of-pocket when dining at any Signature restaurants (such as California Grill, Citrico's, Le Cellier, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Flying Fish Cafe, Jiko, etc.). If you plan to enjoy any Character Dining experiences, you'll definitely want to use your DDP for these meals.  

    You can view all the restaurant menus by following this link to Walt Disney World Table-Service Dining Locations.  

    Since you'll be at Walt Disney World in October, you may want to check out a special seasonal event, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. You will be able to use your DDP Snack credits to try the delicious small plates, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages offered at the Marketplace food kiosks in World Showcase. This is an excellent use of your DDP Snack credits since many of the menu selections are priced above $5.00. 

    I hope this helps, Kate! Please let me know if I can answer any other questions as you plan your October trip.

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I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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