• On May 19, 2016
    Julie 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.

    Hi! We have a trip planned for December, 2016. With the DDP, are appetizers included? And how about gratuities? Thank you in advance.

    Hi there, Julie!

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. My family loves the value and convenience of the Disney Dining Plan.

    If you are using a Quick-Service meal credit for lunch or dinner, you will receive an entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. The dessert and/or non-alcoholic beverage may be substituted for any item that is an eligible snack at that location. (You just have to do the substitution in same transaction.) That means when using a Quick-Service credit, you may be able to substitute your dessert or drink for an appetizer, as long as that appetizer qualifies as an eligible snack.

    If you are using a Table-Service meal credit for lunch or dinner, you will receive an entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage (or one buffet/family-style meal). There may be substitutions available for your dessert, but substitutions are not guaranteed. Just ask your server if any substitutions are available.

    To answer your second question, gratuities are not included except at Dinner Shows, Private In-Room Dining and Cinderella’s Royal Table. However, an 18% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill for parties of six or more. An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to your bill for certain items you order that are not included in the Disney Dining Plan, such as alcoholic beverages.

    I hope this helps with your planning! Please stop back and let me know if you have any additional questions about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    Wishing you many magical memories!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, Pennsylvania

I'm a wife, mom to three amazing girls (ages 10, 8 and 5) and lover of all-things-Disney! For our family of five, there is nothing more magical than a Walt Disney World Resort vacation (except, perhaps, the unforgettable memories that accompany those vacations!). I enjoy planning our Walt Disney World vacations almost as much as I love taking them, and I would love to share my tips and experiences with you so that you can get the most out of your next Walt Disney World vacation!  Learn More About Erin

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