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Disney Dining Plans can be a little bit confusing if you've never used one before. If used wisely, the Dining Plans are a fantastic way to save a little or a lot on your trip, depending on what you eat or how much you drink, letting you add even more magic to your vacation!
Here's a basic overview about the Disney Dining Plan for 2017 to help you decide if the plan is right for you.
Disney World offers three dining plans for guests staying on property. The Quick Service Dining Plan, the Dining Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan. Each plan comes with a refillable souvenir mug that can be used at any resort during the length of your stay. Each restaurant will have a different theme, so it's often fun to try a new place each time.
The Quick Service Dining Plan is our favorite right now since we have small kids who don't want to sit still at a sit down restaurant for very long. This plan includes 2 meals per day, consisting of an entree and it's included side(s) (think half chicken, green beans and mashed potatoes, or sandwich and fries) and non alcoholic beverage, as well as 2 snack credits which can be used on a variety of things from soups or salads, drinks, desserts or packaged snacks. My favorite thing to use a snack credit on are the themed cupcakes. Gigantic works of art and delicious! We have never felt like we've sacrificed food choices with this plan. Quick Service doesn't mean you are stuck with just burgers and fries. There are yummy salads, seafood, fajitas, and so much more. Mr. Disney Magic loves going to Animal Kingdom and having lunch at Flame Tree BBQ so he can order the Ribs, chicken and pulled pork plate that includes baked beans, coleslaw and jalapeno cornbread. With Quick Service meals, no gratuities are charged and you do not need reservations.
The Dining Plan is the standard meal plan with Disney World and it includes 1 Quick Service meal, 1 Table Service meal and 2 snacks. You get everything as above with the Quick Service plan, but the Table Service meal can be a buffet or a sit down restaurant, and includes a dessert. This is a popular plan because it's the best of both worlds. You can have a quick lunch if you want and a leisurely dinner to unwind after a day at the Parks. There are a few Table Service restaurants that even offer special seating for nighttime shows, or Character Meals including breakfasts, however some of those might require the use of two meal credits. Gratuity will be added on additionally for Table Service restaurants just like if you went to a sit down restaurant at home. Reservations are usually required, and may be reserved up to 180 days before your trip.
The Deluxe Dining Plan is the most expensive plan because you get a lot more. This plan includes 3 meals, your choice of Quick Service or Table Service. If you choose the Table Service, in addition to the above entitlements, you also get to choose an appetizer. Gratuity will be added on additionally for Table Service restaurants just like if you went to a sit down restaurant at home. Reservations are usually required, and may be reserved up to 180 days before your trip.
The prices for the 2017 Disney Dining Plans are as follows:
Quick Service - Per night Ages 10 and up $48.19 Ages 9 and under $20.99
Dining Plan – Per night Ages 10 and up $69.36 Ages 9 and under $24.94
Deluxe Dining Plan – Per night Ages 10 and up $106.68 Ages 9 and under $38.74
There are some legitimate reasons as to why, or why not this plan might be good for you. If you love the idea of having all meals paid for in advance and if you like to have Table Service meals and don't mind planning n advance this plan may be perfect for you. If you just like to snack in the park, or want to bring in part of your own food and just eat one meal in the park, you might not get as much benefit from this.
An incredibly easy way to see if you will come out ahead or not if you buy this plan is to use this fabulous dining plan calculator. DisTripPlanner.com has put a lot of work into making your decision as easy as can be. Just make sure that you do add in the refillable mug in step 2, in order to get the most accurate result. Just click here to see the calculator.
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I hope this guide has been helpful for you in explaining the Disney Dining Plan! If you have any questions I might be able to help with, please email, or comment below!
Take a peek at what Sunshine Season's Quick Service has to offer at Epcot!
If you noticed I left something out, please let me know! Which dining plan do you prefer to get, or are you a snacker and a packer? Whichever you choose, any meal or snack at Disney is a good one!
6/6/2017 06:41:55 pm
About snack credits: when we went two years ago we got the dining plan. We loved the table service meals and we tried to maximize that plan by choosing the most character meals we could and took advantage of the buffets. The character meals are a huge value to that plan as well as the buffets that go along with it. (especially if you have teenagers in a growth spurt, big men with big appetites, and need variety in food choices among large families, and don't want to wait for your food) What we found is when we used our table meals for lunch we were pretty full for the rest of the day until dinner. We ended up not using our snack credits that much. However we did find that we liked to use our snack credits for cold beverages inside the parks. Usually we visited the kiosks or small stands in the park to get something. We used the magic bands for not only our dining plan but to purchase gifts on our account. We always asked if they took our bands and if we could purchase the snacks with our bands and to see if the item qualified as a snack. We were trying to follow the rules. Well imagine my surprise when I get our final statement the night before check out and most of all our snack credits are charged to my account instead of going against my dining plan snacks. Apparently we needed to specifically tell the cashier to apply it to our dining plan- snack credit. It didn't automatically apply to our dining plan unless we told them specifically to ring it up that way.
6/6/2017 07:33:47 pm
Oh my goodness!! What a terrible shock that must have been!! I'm glad that the manager was able to give you a credit, because I imagine some places might not.
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