Should You Get the Disney Dining Plan?

should you get the disney dining plan

Disney currently offers three different dining plan choices:

Quick Service Dining Plan:  2 Quick Service meals, 2 Snack Credits per person per night of stay, 1 refillable souvenir drink mug per person

Plus Dining Plan (known as the Regular Dining Plan):  1 Quick Service meal, 1 Table Service, 2 Snack Credits per person per night of stay and 1 refillable souvenir drink mug per person

Deluxe Dining Plan:  3 Quick Service OR Table Service meals (any combination), 2 Snack Credits per person per night of stay and 1 refillable souvenir drink mug per person.

2018 Pricing:

Quick Service Dining Plan:  $52.49 per adult / $21.74 per child (ages 3-9)

Plus Dining Plan:  $75.49 per adult / $25.75 per child (ages 3-9)

Deluxe Dining Plan:  $116.25 per adult / $39.99 per child (ages 3-9)

*New with the 2018 Dining Plan* One alcoholic or specialty beverage (milkshake, smoothie, non-alcoholic specialties) is now included in the 2018 Dining Plan. 

To see a list of Disney Dining Plan Locations, click here: DDP Locations.  

*Your dining credits are deposited at check-in, so you can use any number of credits at any time.  All credits must be used by midnight of check-out day.*  

So is the dining plan right for you?  I never try to upsell my clients.  I listen to them and offer up my advice based on what they tell me.  Do you plan to do a lot of character meals?  Do you normally share meals or does each person like their own? 

When I recommend the dining plan:

For me personally, I always get the dining plan if we are taking the family.  When on vacation, I love convenience, and this is the #1 factor for me when purchasing the dining plan.  I do not want to have to worry about budgeting when I’m on vacation, so it’s nice to know that it’s already been paid for and you can order anything on the menu!  Plus we enjoy the nicer sit down restaurants or character meals every day as a little break from the parks and a break for our tired legs and feet!  These restaurants are pricey so if you plan to eat at one a day, I think the dining plan is a good option.  It’s not always a huge cost savings, maybe none at all in some cases…but again, I think the convenience is worth the cost…..and when you see that Chef Mickey receipt for over $250, it’s nice to know you’ve already paid for it!  

should you get the disney dining plan
My friend and her family at Chef Mickey (character meal with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto)

When I wouldn’t recommend the dining plan

 if you are not big eaters and typically share food, don’t want to spend time at a table service or character meal, or if you are staying club level then I probably wouldn’t recommend the dining plan.  Some people just don’t eat much (what is your secret??, lol).  Now, my husband and I will often share meals when we go out at home….however keep in mind all the walking you do on a Disney vacation – your appetite may be bigger than normal, plus most of us tend to splurge on vacation.  If you don’t care about taking the time to eat at sit down restaurants or character meals (some people don’t want to be tied to a reservation – and you MUST have a reservation for sit down meals) then the dining plan may not be for you.  If you are staying club level there is a constant stream of appetizers and snacks available at your resort in the concierge lounge, so I don’t think the dining plan would benefit you unless you just love to go crazy while on vacation – and hey, that’s okay too! 

Why I never really suggest the Deluxe Dining Plan:

The Deluxe Dining plan is just a WHOLE.LOT.OF.FOOD.  Too much food for this gal (and I love to eat).  Not only is it a lot of food, but if you are planning to make the most out of it and do 3 Table Service meals a day, you aren’t planning to spend too much time in the parks. 

Tell me about your experiences with the Dining plan and what works for your family!

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