• On Mar 31, 2021
    Jason from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My understanding is the dining plans for on resort guests are currently on pause due to COVID based restrictions. Are there any alternatives that are currently available to keep in mind when planning our trip.

    You are correct, Jason. The Disney Dining Plans are not currently available. You are not alone in wishing upon a star that they return soon. Food is always an important part of my vacation, too!

    One of the perks of including a Dining Plan in your vacation package is the assurance of knowing that your meal costs are already accounted for. Though this method takes a bit more planning in advance of your trip, another way to meet that goal is to check out the menus of the restaurants you’ll be dining in while you’re at Walt Disney World. Running the numbers on anticipated menu selections and then adding about 7% for sales tax and about 20% for gratuity (when applicable) will allow you to come pretty close to estimating your total costs for eating out.

    If you’d like to take it a step further, you could even purchase a Disney Gift Card for your anticipated dining expenses and use that to cover the meals you pay for during your vacation. Doing so would allow you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your costs are covered. Of course, it would be wise to expect a slight difference in estimated and actual costs, but if you plan closely, your numbers should line up quite nicely.

    As your trip approaches, Jason, keep a close eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates on Disney Dining Plan availability. I hope that helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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