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Disney Dining Plan Guide

Thursday, August 10, 2017




For any obsessed Disney-goer like myself, the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is a huge benefit and something I review regularly. For others, it is a constant question of whether or not it is worth the money. (Unless you score the dining plan during FREE dining season, then obviously it is completely worth it.) We can't answer the question of value for you, but we can give you all the tools to make an informed decision for your family. In order to qualify for the Disney Dining Plan, you must book a resort stay as well as park tickets at minimum.

What is the Disney Dining Plan?
The Disney Dining Plan is an add-on to your vacation package that covers a portion (or all) of your food costs for every night of your stay. Just as Disney has tiered resorts (Value, Moderate, Deluxe), the DDP is on a tiered system. Depending on which package you opt for, it will include allotments for snacks, Quick Service Meals (like a fast food meal) and Table Service Meals (sit-down restaurants). Every DDP tier also includes a refillable drink mug for each person on your reservation that can be refilled at the resorts. So, what is included, and how much does it cost? We've got you covered.

2017 Quick Service Dining Plan ($48.19 Per Night/Per Adult 10 years or older, $20.88 Per Night/Per Child Age 3-9)
  • 2 Quick Service Meals Per Day
  • 2 Snacks Per Day
  • 1 Refillable Drink Mug
2017 Regular Dining Plan ($69.35 Per Night/Per Adult 10 years or older, $24.95 Per Night/Per Child Age 3-9)
  • 1 Table Service Meal Per Day
  • 1 Quick Service Meal Per Day
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Mug
2017 Deluxe Dining Plan ($106.68 Per Night/Per Adult 10 years or older, $38.75 Per Night/Per Child Age 3-9)

  • 3 Meals Per Day (Table Service or Quick Service - Your Choice!)
  •  2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Mug
2018 Quick Service Dining Plan ($52.50 Per Night/Per Adult 10 years or older, $21.74 Per Night/Per Child Age 3-9)

  • 2 Quick Service Meals Per Day
  • 2 Snacks Per Day
  • 1 Refillable Drink Mug
2018 Regular Dining Plan ($75.49 Per Night/Per Adult 10 years or older, $25.75 Per Night/Per Child Age 3-9)
  • 1 Table Service Meal Per Day
  • 1 Quick Service Meal Per Day
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Mug
2018 Deluxe Dining Plan ($116.25 Per Night/Per Adult 10 years or older, $39.99 Per Night/Per Child Age 3-9)
  • 3 Meals Per Day (Table Service or Quick Service - Your Choice!)
  •  2 Snacks
  • 1 Refillable Mug


Now, as we stated earlier in this post, we cannot tell you if this is a good value for your family. What we can tell you is that if you choose to purchase the Disney Dining Plan, you need to make the most out of it. If you have Table Service Credits, use them! When you sit down to those meals, remember it is already paid for. Do not look at prices. Order the most expensive thing on the menu! Indulge in that steak dinner. If you're using a snack credit, don't waste it on a bottle of water. (Tip: Did you know that most Quick Service locations will provide free cups of ice water? Take your own bottle, and refill it for free in the parks!) Instead of wasting your Snack credit on water, get that amazing cupcake. (The Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls in Hollywood Studios is my favorite, but we'll cover that in our Favorite Disney Foods post.) One last tip - don't be afraid to substitute! Just because your food is technically pre-paid does not mean you have to settle for a side or something you don't prefer. Servers at Disney restaurants are always extremely accommodating, and with as much business as Disney gets, there isn't an allergy or preference they haven't heard before. Speak up! Keep in mind, tipping is not included on the Dining Plan, so prepare yourself to take cash or use your Magic Band to charge a tip to your resort room.


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