Bambi, Hopper, Flower; Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Feb 13, 2024
    Sara from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If using a magic band for all purchases and also have the Disney dining plan. How do we differentiate what is included as part of the dining plan credit and what we pay out of pocket? For each purchase, do we need to direct the server how to apply?

    Hi Sara,

    Welcome back to planDisney to my fellow North Carolinian! I am delighted to see that you have an upcoming trip and have booked a vacation package with a Disney Dining Plan. You may be relieved to know that the servers at each restaurant will let you know what is included in your dining plan. 

    When my family has used dining plans in the past, we generally have not needed to purchase any extra food or drinks. What is included in the dining plan has been more than enough. If, however, you do purchase additional items not covered by the dining plan, you will be able to distinguish the difference on your receipt.

    As you continue to plan for your trip, I am excited that you will be there during the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival! My girls are teenagers, but they still love doing the scavenger hunts. Also check out the Garden Rocks Concert Series. The music is fun and the food at the festival is yummy.

    Since you seem to be on top of the planning, I assume you have secured some advanced dining reservations. I suggest having at least a dinner reservation each night of your stay. It gives my family a chance to slow down and share stories from our park adventures.

    Sara, one final tip - be sure to check the dining plan details for each restaurant you plan to visit. Just go to the restaurant's homepage, click on View Dining Plans and Discounts. Then check to see how many meals will be used at that dining location for each meal period if using a dining plan. Checking in this way helps me to make sure we have planned our meals accordingly so that we have meals for each day of our trip. We try to spread our meals out to have dinner on the night we arrive and breakfast on the morning we leave, using all other meals on the days in between. Remember that dining plan meals are calculated per night of stay.

    Happy planning!

    Magic and memories,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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