• On Mar 26, 2017
    Elizabeth 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.

    When using a dining plan at a table service restaurant, does each person at the table get charged a credit even if they don't eat?

    Hi Elizabeth,

    For my family, one of the highlights of every trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is the FOOD! In fact, we are the type of family who plans our Theme Park touring calendar and schedule around our dining reservations, as opposed to the other way around. So food and dining at Disney is definitely a topic I take very seriously!

    The Disney Dining Plan is a great way to pre-budget all of your meals during your trip and ensure that you get a chance to try many of the great Disney table restaurants not only in the four Theme Parks, but also at the Disney Resort hotels. If you are looking for some recommendations, be sure to check out the Moms Panel Restaurant Advice Thread where you will get some great advice from many of my friends on the Panel.

    With regard to your question, with the exception of certain buffet restaurants and character dining experiences, such as Chef Mickey's or The Crystal Palace, if you are dining at a regular table service restaurant and someone in your party does not order a meal, they will not have to use a Disney Dining Plan credit. The Plan is very flexible; you don't have to use a set amount of credits each day, nor does every person on your reservation have to use the same amount of dining credits each meal. Instead, you can customize your dining as you wish.

    If there is a specific restaurant you wish to inquire about where someone in your party will not be having a meal, please feel free to send us a follow up question. We would be happy to provide more specific advice if we can. In the meantime, don't forget to make your dining reservations starting 180 days prior to your Disney Resort hotel check-in date for the entire duration of your stay, up to 10 consecutive days.

    Bon Appétit!

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Hi! I'm Trish from Canada, a single mom to two kids and a proud Disney Vacation Club member. In my circle of friends, I have a reputation for gravitating to any discussion involving Disney Parks and Resorts and would welcome the chance to share my experiences with you. Have you ever wondered what Disney Vacation Club is all about? Trying to decide if membership is right for your family? Have a question about visiting a Disney Vacation Club Resort? If so, you have come to the right place!

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