Disney Dining Plans are pre-paid meal plans usable at any participating restaurants (and there are many) within the Walt Disney World parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney. They may provide a good amount of savings on your meals. They are my favorite way to “do” Disney. While it is possible to eat for less (sharing meals, bringing your own food/snacks), the dining experience always enhances our trips, thus making it a valuable addition to our vacation.
My family has been able to make memories at character meals and enjoy exquisite foods at fine restaurants that we would not have otherwise afforded if we did not have a dining plan. Read on for details…
The Dining Plans are available exclusively to guests staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels who have booked a Magic Your Way Vacation package (resort and tickets). There are exceptions for FL residents who already have annual passes (additional ticket purchase is not required) and for Vacation Club Members who may choose from any dining plan except Premium and Platinum.
The plan is priced per person, per night of your stay. For example, if you are staying for 6 nights/7 days, you would pay for 6 days of dining plan credits, usable at any time on your trip, expiring at midnight the day of checkout.
Upon checking in, your meal credits are added to your hotel room key. When you dine, you choose your food from the menu and offer your room key as payment, letting the cashier/waiter know you are paying by way of the Dining Plan.
There are a few different Dining Plans from which to choose.
The Quick Service Dining Plan includes two quick service meals (think counter service, no waiter) and one snack per day. Each meal on this plan includes an entree, non-alcholic drink, and dessert. 2012 Cost for this plan is $34.99 ages 10 + up per night / $11.99 per child ages 3-9 per night.
The Dining Plus Plan (the most popular plan) includes one quick service, one table service (sit down, waiter), and one snack per day. This plan also includes one resort refillable mug per person, a $15 value per mug! Each quick service meal on this plan includes an entree, non-alcholic drink, and dessert. Each table service meal inculdes an entree, non-alcholic drink, and dessert -OR- full buffet and non-alcoholic drinks. 2012 Cost for this plan is $51.54 ages 10 + up per night / $15.02 per child ages 3-9 per night. This cost rises by a couple dollars during peak season.
The Deluxe Dining Plan includes three table service or quick service meals and two snack credits per person per day. This plan also includes a free resort refillable mug. Each table service meal on this plan includes appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic drinks -OR- full buffet and non-alcoholic drinks. 2012 Cost for this plan is $85.59 ages 10 + up per night / $23.79 per child ages 3-9 per night.
The Premium Package Dining Plan includes 3 meals (either quick service or table service), two snacks per day and a resort refillable mug per person PLUS unlimited access to all kinds of entertainment and recretaion including golf, guided fishing excursions, water sports, water craft rentals, horseback trail rides, pony rides, carriage rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, miniature golf, and even archery! This package allows unlimited access to Childrens’ Activity Centers, the kids enjoy supervised games and activities while adults enjoy grown-up time. Also included is access to over 10 different guided tours throughout Disney World and tickets to Cirq de Soleil LaNouba at Downtown Disney. This package requires a 3-night minimum stay. 2012 Cost for this plan is $179 ages 10 + up per night / $129 per child ages 3-9 per night.
The Platinum Package Dining Plan includes everything offered in the Premium plan, but is available for those staying in Disney’s Deluxe resorts or Vacation Club Villas. It also includes turn down service, a select spa treatment, reserved seating at Disney’s Fantasmic!, and a fireworks cruise.2012 Cost for this plan is $239 ages 10 + up per night / $170 per child ages 3-9 per night.