• On Jan 18, 2020
    Christina 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.

    Hello, I am wanting to make dinner reservations online and have the deluxe dining package. I know you have to give a cc to save the reservation but do I need to specify that I have a plan or is that something I do when I am there?

    Hi Christina!

    Thank you for bringing this delectable dining plan question to us! My family prefers the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan so I am happy to chat with you about it.

    Be sure that your vacation package with the dining plan is linked in My Disney Experience. Prior to arrival, you will be able to make advanced dining reservations online using your credit card to guarantee the reservation and when you arrive, you will be able to access and track your dining plan entitlements using the My Disney Experience Mobile App. Each time we have dined in the past, the cast member who served us has always asked if we are using one of the Disney Dining Plans. If so, the Cast Member scans one of our MagicBands to access our dining plan details and then the Cast Member explains what we can order depending on our specific dining plan.

    On our most recent visit, we used the Disney Deluxe Dining plan and always clarified which appetizers, desserts, and alcoholic drinks were included with our dining plan. Prior to making our dining reservations, we double-check to make sure we know which restaurants accept dining plans and how many dining entitlements each restaurant requires. To check, go to the homepage of each restaurant and look for a link that says, "Some Dining Plans accepted." If you click on that link, a pop-up menu should appear that lets you know which dining plans are accepted and how many entitlements are required. Cinderella's Royal Table, for example, currently requires two table-service entitlements per person age 3-years old and over on the 2020 Disney Dining Plan or Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. 

    Christina, remember that your dining plan entitlements are calculated per night of stay. I always create a chart with all of our dining reservations and the number of meal entitlements we will use at each restaurant to be sure we do not exhaust all of our entitlements prior to the final day of our trip. We like to save enough entitlements to have one last meal on the day we depart! 

    Sending you pixie dust as you plan!

    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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