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  • On Feb 9, 2013
    Carrie 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.

    Hi, I was wondering, if you don't have park tickets for the day you arrive if you would get the dinning plan for that day? I know you can use them as soon as you arrive. I just need to know if I need to budget for that night, and day we leave. Thanks.

    Hi, Carrie!

    Not to worry. The Disney Dining Plan is based on your nights of stay, not your park tickets. As such, if the length of your stay is 5 nights, you'll have 5 sets of entitlements, one set per person, per night of stay.

    As soon as you arrive, you'll be given your Key to the World Cards, which will enable you to access your Dining Plan entitlements. The total number of entitlements are available immediately, and expire at midnight on the day you check out. Thus, you can use these entitlements at any time, in any order, as soon as you have your Key to the World Cards.

    We often simply dine at the resort on check-in day, or, if we've arrived early enough, we'll enjoy a meal at Downtown Disney. You could also head over to one of the other resorts' restaurants, too, enabling you to explore a different resort while not needing a park pass.

    We also often arrive late at night, so we can't use a meal entitlement that night. On those trips, we use the entitlement for the night of our arrival on the day of our departure instead. We also sometimes plan our days so that we have a Quick Service entitlement left on departure day, since we often don't want to waste time sitting down at a Table Service location. Instead, we enjoy a fantastic Quick Service meal at Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney, truly the best QS dining location on property...and no park ticket is required!

    Enjoy your stay, Carrie! Be sure to send more questions as you think of them; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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