The Disney Dining Plan
Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by My Dreams of Disney today! We are doing a deep dive into the different Disney Dining Plans available to add onto your Walt Disney World reservation, and today we are going to be starting with the original plan. It’s known simply as the Disney Dining Plan, but some people know it as “Plus Dining”.
The idea behind the Disney Dining Plan is to add in a way to account for your meal costs before your trip so that you already have your dining budget taken care of for when you are at Walt Disney World. In the beginning, when Disney first rolled out the dining plan, there was some significant savings to be had when you added it to your reservation. Now, that savings is harder to determine, but in my mind, it still makes a lot of sense to add it onto your reservation. Here are my reasons why:
- If you add the Disney Dining Plan onto your reservation early in the process, it gives you more time to pay towards your dining plan in an orderly, budgeted manner. This means that nearly all of your dining expenses are already paid for before the trip even begins.
- For a lot of people, if you don’t have a dining plan added to your reservation, you don’t tend to make as many reservations, and I think that takes away from the experience of your Disney vacation.
- Lastly, adding the Disney Dining Plan, with it’s table service credits, gives you a break during your park day when you can take a load off, enjoy a good meal, and relax for a while.
Adding the Disney Dining Plan — or any of the dining plans that Disney offers — can only be done to a reservation that is for an on-property resort. So, for example, if you are staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, you can add the dining plan, but if you are staying at the B Resort at Disney Springs, you can’t because that is a good neighbor resort, not a Disney resort.
When you add the Disney Dining Plan to your reservation, you will receive credits to use based on the number of nights you are staying at a Disney resort. So, if you are staying for 5 nights at Pop Century, you will receive five nights of credits. For the Disney Dining Plan, you will receive 1 table service credit, 1 counter service credit, and 2 snack credits for each night of your stay, for each person in your travel party. In addition, each person in your travel party will receive a free resort refillable drink mug, which can be used at your resort for free refills of tea, soda, and coffee or water, and you can take it to the parks as well for refills of water.
Pricing for the dining plans is broken down like it is for tickets; ages 3-9 have a child version of pricing for the dining plans, and ages 10+ have an adult price. Children under the age of 3 are not charged for anything at Disney, but if you have a dining plan for your reservation and a child under age 3, then they will share off of someones plate at times of meals.
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