• On Jan 20, 2019
    Maureen from IL 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're using the dining plan and I've already made my reservations but am worried if something isn't covered under it and I don't realize it till after the fact I'll be charged?

    Hi Maureen! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort soon and I know you must be thrilled to be planning all of your last-minute details! My favorite part of using a Disney Dining Plan is that you have already paid for your meals and snacks in advance, so you only have to budget for gratuity and any extras that you wish to purchase. It is wonderful!

    First, I suggest visiting each restaurant's page on the Walt Disney World website to verify that the restaurant accepts the dining plan that you have. When you select the restaurant you are dining at from the list, look on the right side of the screen to see if a dining plan is accepted. If it says, "Some Dining Plans Accepted," click on that link to see which dining plan is accepted and how many meal entitlements the meal requires.

    When you are in the restaurant, let the Cast Member assisting you know which dining plan you are on and ask what is available on the plan. They can give you all of the details for your meal. Once, my parents went with us on a vacation and had a date night for just the two of them. They didn't understand how the dining plan worked, so they ordered off the prix fixe menu at this particular location which required two entitlements per person, instead of the regular menu that only required one entitlement per person. Later that week, we were trying to pay for a meal and we were short a couple of meal entitlements and had to go through all of the meals to figure out what had happened! Since then, I always encourage Guests to ask how the dining plan works at each location to make sure they don't run into any surprises like that!

    I hope you have a fun vacation and try lots of tasty foods, Maureen! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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