• On Sep 14, 2015
    Kim from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Me and my 3 year old daughter are heading to Disney in 4 weeks. I have the dining plan. Is it better to try and decide where to eat each day before we go or just wing it? If we wing it, how do I know which places take my dining plan at the parks?


    I don't recommend heading to Disney without a few dining reservations, especially if you're on the Dining Plan. Too many times I've heard of guests not finding a restaurant with standby availability so in their frustration have used a table dining credit on a counter-service meal. This doesn't make good financial sense, and you doesn't get the value out of the dining plan. 

    All restaurants in the theme parks take the dining plan as well as most outside the parks. The planning guides have a list of all restaurants which take the plan. Additionally, the online reservation site allows you to filter by restaurants that accept the plan you've purchased. Making a reservation is a simple process of entering your date and meal or specific time and then selecting a choice. Most table-service restaurants now require a credit card to make a reservation but you can cancel most 24 to 48 hours out without penalty.

    If you have already made your FastPass+ reservations, then choose restaurants that are in those theme parks or resorts that are nearby. If you need suggestions, feel free to come back and get some recommendations from us.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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