What about the food? | Disney Dining Plan Info

A hot topic of discussion while on vacation is always, "What are we going to do about food?" For some of us, it's easy to go-with-the-flow and eat when you're hungry, and for others, a plan needs to be in place. However, when you're at Disney World, it can be tough to manage your time for eating and enjoying the Parks. While your food can certainly be a part of the attraction of a Parks visit, you certainly don't want to leave your vacation feeling like you didn't eat enough, or like you ate a lot of food that you shouldn't have purely out of convenience. Today, we're going to familiarize you with the Disney Dining Plans and how they work so you can make your choices about food a little easier!

Here's the deal, from the jump, you need to book your vacation through Disney in order to purchase a Dining Plan. That's a requirement laid out by Disney. So, if you think you'd be interested in taking advantage of the myriad of features provided by Disney through their vacation packages, you'll definitely want to consider the Dining Plans.

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There are 3 Tiers to the Dining Plans: the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan, and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. Each tier features a set of passes for each guest to be used at specific dining locations around the Parks and includes drink passes for both Adults 21+ and kids as well. All of the following information is available at the Disney website as well, so if you need further clarification on anything, you'll be able to find your answer there! Without further ado!

The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan features:

  • 2 Quick-Service Meals
  • 2 Snacks
Quick-Service meals are available throughout the Parks and other Disney World locations like Disney Springs and all of the Disney Resort locations. Often, they carry a designation of "Fast Casual", "Counter Service", "Mobile Orders", and "Food Truck", but the easiest way to determine which options are available on your plan is to search using the My Disney Experience app! A Quick-Service meal includes an Entree and Beverage.

You are also allowed 2 Snacks which can be purchased at Quick-Service restaurants, Outdoor Carts, and certain merchandise locations. Eligible Snacks include a pretty wide variety of options, including popcorn, ice cream, fruit, or a bag of snackable morsels!

The Disney Dining Plan features:
  • 1 Quick-Service Meal
  • 1 Table-Service Meal
  • 2 Snacks
Dining Plan Quick-Service meals are the same as those on the Quick-Service Plan, and the Snacks are the exact same as well. However, with the addition of a Table-Service meal, you're also eligible for a dessert treat at Lunch or Dinner! In addition, you may also select a "Full-Buffet" option in the place of a Table-Service meal.

The Deluxe Dining Plan features:
  • 3 Meals
  • 2 Snacks
Here's where things get a tad tricky. Meals are different, in this case, than a Quick-Service Meal or a Table-Service Meal, in that there is an additional option included in this plan. However, the additional option requires that you use multiple Meal passes for a single meal at specific specialty locations. Those locations might include Character restaurants, Signature Dining, or things like Private In-Room dining and Dinner Shows. If you choose not to eat at any of the specialty locations, you can instead choose to use all three of your passes for individual meals at either Quick-Service locations or at Table-Service restaurants as well! 

Well, there ya have it! The rundown of the Disney Dining Plans is complete! If you have questions, check out the Disney website for more information! Stay Magical!

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