The Disney Dining Plan is a meal plan which is available to those staying in Walt Disney World Resort. The dining plan is also available to Disney World Vacation Club members.
Cost of the Disney Dining Plan are: $37.99 per adult per night and $9.99 per night for children under the age of 10.
Disney Dining Plan Basics
The Disney Dining Plan must be pre-booked.
It must be booked for the entire length of your stay and you will get a full days worth of credits for each night of your stay in your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.
Included in the plan is one meal at a sit down restaurant, one counter service meal and one snack (or water) per day, in many Disney World restaurants, in the Disney Parks and in the Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
You are given credits for the number of nights of your stay, in your Walt Disney World Resort hotel and you are allowed to pool credits together, if you want to spend more on one day than on another.
Certain sit down restaurants require 2 credits – eg. fine dining restaurants such as Citrico’s at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and California Grill at the Contemporary Resort and Spa, in Disney World.
Unused credits will expire after your trip. However, you are able to use Disney Dining Plan credits on your check-in and check-out days.
Is the Disney Dining plan worth it for me?
The Disney Dining plan is certainly a much better deal than some of the dining plans which have been offered in Disney World in the past. However, whether it is worthwhile will vary from person to person.
Ask Yourself the Following Questions:
Will I want to eat at least one sit down meal per day whilst I’m in Disney World? If the answer is no, the dining plan may not be worthwhile for you.
Will I be eating some of my meals outside of Disney World? If the answer is yes, the dining plan may not be for you.
If the plan is not suitable for you, but you are an Annual Passholder, or Florida Resident, you may want to consider the Disney Dining Experience instead.
If you answered yes to the first two questions, move on to the next.
Will my children who are 10 or 11 years old, eat of the adult menu? If not, you will have to carefully consider if the plan is still for you. It could be a waste to pay £38.99 per year for a ten year old, who is going to be eating off the children’s meal in Disney World Restaurants. If this is the case, move to the next question.
Will we be dining in some of the fancier Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants such as the California Grill, Narcoosees and Artist Point? If the answer is yes, these restaurants require 2 credits per person. It may be worth your while to pay out of pocket for your child’s dinners and use their credits towards your own.
I hope these questions have helped you to decide whether the Disney Dining Plan is worth it for you.