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Walt Disney World Free Dining Plan Announced for 2018!


You can get a FREE dining plan when you purchase a 5-night/6-day non-discounted Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and a ticket with a Park Hopper Option. A minimum 4-night length of stay and 4-day ticket with Park Hopper Option is required.

When you stay at a select Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort or Disney Moderate Resort, you get the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite! 

Plus, you can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences, including Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be on or before 12/31/19. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid standard rooms. Dining plan excludes gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Disney Dining Plan Overview

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The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is available for resort guests who either purchase a Magic Your Way Package or book using Disney Vacation Club(DVC) points.  With the DDP, you are purchasing a certain number of meals ahead of time on somewhat of a "voucher system." For each night of your stay, each guest on the reservation receives an allotment of quick service meals (similar to fast food), table service (sit-down) meals, and snacks; the number of which is dependent on which specific plan you choose. 

Your MagicBand or Key to the World card electronically monitors your party's allocated meals.  After your meal, the receipt you receive displays the number of meals remaining for each room (not per guest), allowing you to keep track of your balance. Meals and snacks may be redeemed in any order during your stay until the balance is at zero or until midnight of the night you check out, whichever comes first.

The dining plans come in three types. Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining, Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining and Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining.

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2018 DISNEY DINING PLAN PRICING:

(prices include tax)

 

  PER ADULT, PER NIGHT
(adults are 10 years and older in Disney prices)
PER CHILD, PER NIGHT
(children are 3-9 years old in Disney prices)

Quick Service Dining

  • 2 quick-service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$52.50 $21.74

Regular Dining

  • 1 table-service meal
  • 1 quick-service meal
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$75.49 $25.75

Deluxe Dining

  • 3 meals (any combination of table-service and quick-service)
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$116.25 $39.99

 

Disney World Package PLUS Quick Service Dining

Let's start by looking at the Magic Your Way Plus Quick Service Dining. In addition to all the "stuff" listed for the Magic Your Way packages, each guest over the age of 2 will receive:

•           Two Quick Service Meals, per night of your resort stay
•           Two Snacks, per night of your resort stay
•           One refillable mug

Here is one way to calculate if the Disney Dining Plan is a good deal for your family. For the purpose of this example, we are going to say that the Quick Service Dining Plan is $52.50 per adult, per night and $21.74 per child, per night. For a starting point, my own family is 2 adults and a 5-year-old child. So on a 5-night stay, I'd be paying $633.70 for the Quick Service Dining Plan.

So, what does Disney consider a "Quick Service meal"? Well – it includes an entrée (or combo meal, if that's offered at the restaurant where you're eating), a beverage, and a dessert.

And what about the snacks? Well – there's a whole bunch of different things that Disney considers snacks. Everything from a 20-ounce bottle of soda, to a piece of a fruit, to an ice cream bar. It's hard to say what a snack is, because snacks are really varied. A good place to look is the Disney Restaurants forum at DISboards.com. You’ll find a running list of foods that have been confirmed as snacks on Disney Dining Plans. More information on snacks will be included a bit later.

And the refillable mug? What's that? All Disney resorts have a self-service soda fountain. Without one of the dining plans, you can pay $18.99 (plus tax) for a 12-ounce, insulated mug. You can then use that mug at your resort for as many complimentary refills as you'd like. You can refill it with Coca-Cola products, tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

So, now that that's out of the way, you can start looking at whether or not this is a good idea for you. Take a look at the DIS Restaurant Database. It's a very powerful tool that will help you find exactly what you're looking for by searching many factors. To get a listing of all Quick Service locations, select "Quick Service" in the "Cuisine/Dining Type" search field.

• Click Here for a complete list of Disney Dining Plan Restaurants

Using my own family as a baseline, and a hypothetical 5-night stay at a Disney Value resort (I imagined Pop Century), I looked through the DIS Restaurant Database and figured out what my family would order. Prices are included in the DIS information, so I've outlined the costs for our meals. Here's what I came up with. We'd have 30 Quick Service meals and 15 snacks.

ARRIVAL DAY
Dinner - Everything Pop Food Court
•           Blackened Mahi Sandwich ($11.99)
•           Bacon Cheeseburger ($13.99)
•           Kids Mac & Cheese ($6.29)
•           Three refillable mugs ($53.97)
•           Brownie Sundae ($6.29)
•           Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone ($3.99)

Grand Total, including 6.5% sales tax: $102.79
Entitlements Used: 3 counter service meals, 27 remaining

DAY 2
Breakfast – Everything Pop Food Court
•           Cheese Omelet ($8.99)
•           Pancakes & Sausage ($8.79)
•           Mickey Waffles ($6.29)
•           Bottle of orange juice ($4.29)
•           Coffee in refillable mugs (Free)

Grand Total for this meal: $30.20
Running Meal Total: $132.99
Entitlements Used: 3 counter service meals, 24 remaining
 
Dinner – Cosmic Ray's at Magic Kingdom
•           Barbecued Pork Sandwich ($11.99)
•           Diet Coke ($3.29)
•           Greek Salad ($11.99)
•           Coke ($3.29)
•           Chicken Breast Nuggets (7.19)
•           S’mores ($3.99)

Grand Total for this meal: $44.45
Running Meal Total: $177.44
Entitlements Used: 3 counter service meals, 21 remaining
To save a bit of time, I'm going to assume a fairly consistent $30.20 for breakfast every morning. I will continue outlining dinner choices, and simply include $30.20 for breakfast in my running totals.

DAY 3
Dinner - Tangierine Café at Epcot
•           Shawarma Chicken platter ($14.99)
•           Falafel Wrap ($8.99)
•           Kids Hamburger ($8.99)
•           3 desserts ($9.75)

Grand Total for Breakfast: $30.20
Grand Total for this Meal: $45.49
Running Meal Total: $253.13
Entitlements Used: 6 counter service meals, 15 remaining
You may have noticed there are no beverages included with this meal. We really enjoy the mint iced tea. But it's not covered by the dining plan. To best compare apples to apples, I've left the drinks off. This isn't something you'd know if you've never been to a particular location. But a good rule of thumb is: if you're not ordering a fountain drink, coffee or tea, figure that the dining plan will not cover it.

DAY 4
Dinner - Flame Tree BBQ at Animal Kingdom
•           ½ Smoked Chicken ($13.29)
•           Diet Coke ($3.29)
•           Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10.69)
•           Coke ($3.29)
•           Kid's Meal Hot Dog ($6.79)
•           2 desserts, $4.59 each ($9.18)

Grand Total for Breakfast: $30.20
Grand Total for this Meal: $49.55
Running Meal Total: $332.88
Entitlements Used: 6 counter service meals, 9 remaining

DAY 5
Dinner - ABC Commissary at Hollywood Studios
•           Chicken Breast Strips ($10.99)
•           Diet Coke ($3.29)
•           Southwest Burger ($14.99)
•           Coke ($3.29)
•           Kid’s Chicken Strips ($7.49)

Grand Total for Breakfast: $30.20
Grand Total for this meal: $42.65
Running Meal Total: $405.73
Entitlements Used: 6 counter service, 3 remaining
You may have noticed I left dessert off. The menu choices sounded less than appealing. So I simply wouldn't order them; even though they are included on the dining plan. This is definitely something you'll want to consider when planning.

DAY 6
Breakfast - Everything Pop (Before Departure)
Total for this meal: $30.20
Running Meals Total: $435.93

ALL entitlements now used
The "running meals total" leaves a difference of $197.77 between the cost of the Quick Service Dining Plan and what I've spent so far. But we still have 15 snacks (5 snacks per guest, multiplied by 3 guests). Can I spend that much on snacks? Here's a quick rundown of the snacks we'd be likely to purchase:
•           Soft Pretzel $5.00
•           Popcorn $4.50
•           Pineapple Cup $4.25
•           Frozen Banana $5.25
•           Apple Slices with Caramel $4.00
•           Funnel Cake with Sugar $7.00
•           OMG Fudge Brownie $4.29
•           Pineapple Dole® Whip Float $5.49
•           School Bread from Norway Pavilion $3.49
•           Cappuccino Glace $4.69
•           Vegetable Egg Rolls $3.99
•           Mango Smoothie $4.65
•           Chili-Cheese French Fries $5.79
•           Hot Cocoa $2.79
•           Mint Julep Lemonade Slushy $6.29

Including tax, my total for snacks would be $76.12

Which means that it would cost me $121.65 more to purchase the Quick Service Dining Plan instead of paying for everything out of pocket. You will most likely deviate from this plan, and there certainly are ways to maximize the dining plan to your benefit.

 

Disney World Vacation Package PLUS Dining


So that's a sample comparison for the Quick Service Dining. But what about the regular Disney Dining Plan? You'd follow the exact same plan. Using the DIS Dining Database, check out the menus and plan how you'd eat. On the regular Dining Plan, each guest over the age of 2 will receive:

1 Table Service entitlement, per night of your resort stay. The Table Service meal will include an entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage (or alcoholic beverage, for guests over 21) per guest.

1 Quick Service entitlement, per night of your resort stay. The Quick Service meal includes the 1 entrée and non-alcoholic beverage (or alcoholic beverage, for guests over 21) per guest.

2 snacks, per night of your resort stay
1 refillable mug, per guest
If you choose to, you may use your Table Service entitlements at Quick Service locations. It does not, however, work the other way around. (You cannot use Quick Service entitlements at a Table Service location)

Assuming the same 5-night stay at Pop Century for my family, I'd have 15 Table Service entitlements, 15 Quick Service entitlements, and 15 snacks. The cost of the regular Disney Dining Plan is $75.49 for adults and $25.75 for kids. This would give me a total of $883.65. Here's how it would look for us:

ARRIVAL DAY

Dinner - Everything Pop Food Court

Grand Total, including 6.5% sales tax: $102.26
Entitlements Used: 3 counter service meals, 12 remaining
0 table service meals, 15 remaining

DAY 2
Breakfast – Everything Pop Food Court

Grand Total for this meal: $30.20
Running Meal Total: $132.46
Entitlements Used: 3 counter service meals, 9 remaining
0 table service meals, 15 remaining

Just as in the Quick Service dining comparison, I'm assuming breakfast at Pop Century. Some families prefer to use snack credits and get junk food at the parks for breakfast. While labeling it as "junk food" makes it sound like I'm casting judgment, believe me, I'm not. I've done it myself. But I think we can all agree that drinking a Coke float, or having a cinnamon roll as big as your head isn't really anyone's idea of a nutritionally sound meal. Just keep that in the back of your head as you plan. Are you really going to want to do a dedicated breakfast each day? Or will you throw nutritional caution to the wind and eat candy and ice cream for breakfast? It will matter in your calculations because lunch will be more expensive than breakfast.

Dinner - Crystal Palace

Grand Total for this meal: $124.60
Running Meal Total: $257.06
Entitlements Used: 0 counter service, 9 remaining
3 Table Service meals, 12 remaining

*A couple of things to note with this meal. Firstly – even though this is a buffet, gratuity is customary. Disney will suggest 18%. I did not include this in the tally simply because it's not covered by the Disney Dining Plan. However, you will need to budget for the gratuity. 18% of the pre-tax total would be $22.43. Additionally – when you look at the menu – it can be difficult to get an idea of the price, because a price range is listed. This is because Disney feels you should pay more if you eat the same food over the weekend, or on a holiday. It's nearly impossible to pinpoint an exact price. If you already know the date you’ll be dining at a particular restaurant, you can call Disney Dining and they will provide the price for that specific day and meal. The discussion on Disney's ethics and the value of this sort of pricing structure is an entirely different topic that I'm not even going to touch. But I've gone with the least expensive price in the range. If you'll be visiting during peak season (look at that dates for the Plus Dining Plan – if you're paying the peak rate for the dining plan, anticipate a higher price at the restaurants), plan on having to budget toward the middle or higher end of the range.

To save a bit of time, I'm going to assume a fairly consistent $30.20 for breakfast every morning. I will continue outlining dinner choices, and simply include $30.20 for breakfast in my running totals.

DAY 3
Breakfast - Quick Service
Dinner - Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot

Grand Total for Breakfast: $30.20
Grand Total for this Meal: $92.06
Running Meal Total: $379.32
Entitlements Used: 3 Quick Service meals, 6 remaining
3 Table Service meals, 9 remaining

DAY 4
Breakfast - Quick Service
Dinner - Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness

Grand Total for Breakfast: $30.20
Grand Total for this Meal: $173.00
Running Meal Total: $582.52
Entitlements Used: 3 Quick Service meals, 3 remaining
6 Table Service meals, 3 remaining

You'll notice that Hoop Dee Doo Revue took twice the normal number of Table Service credits. There are several places where you can use the dining plan – but you'll have to use 2 of your Table Service entitlements per person.

DAY 5
Breakfast - Quick Service
Dinner - Fantasmic Dining Package at Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios

Grand Total for Breakfast: $30.20
Grand Total for this meal: $151.00
Running Meal Total: $763.72
Entitlements Used: 3 Quick Service, 0 remaining
3 Table Service, 0 remaining

Using the same snack plan as before, add an additional $76.12 for snacks, and our food total (not including any gratuity) would be $839.84.

That's approximately $43.81 under the price of the PLUS dining plan. Meaning the dining plan cost is slightly more for a 5-day vacation on the regular dining plan. However, this approximation could rise or fall depending on four factors: (1) at what restaurants we are able to eat (the expensive locations where the most money is saved on the dining plan are not always available), (2) what we choose to order at the locations where we eat, (3) at what time of year you travel (during what Disney calls “peak season,” prices for many buffets go up) and (4) for what meal you use your Table Service credits.

Only you know your family. Book the room and tickets. You can add dining later. Figure out where you'll be each day, and then book reservations for the meals you want. (That's an important step too! Dining locations can book early, and before you plan on doing something, make sure that it's actually available to do!) Once you've got your reservations booked, take the time, do the math, and see if a dining plan would be a good idea for you.

 

Disney World Package PLUS Deluxe Dining Package


The last of the three plans is the Deluxe Dining plan. Why are these three lumped together? That's a great question! When Disney offers a discount, you can usually take advantage of those discounts if you book room only, Magic Your Way, Quick Service, Plus Dining or Deluxe Dining.

The Deluxe Dining plan will include for each guest over the age of 2:

What sets this plan apart from the Quick Service and regular Disney Dining Plan is the way the credits are issued. With the Deluxe Dining Plan, there's absolutely no distinction between a Quick Service meal and a Table Service meal. This plan provides maximum flexibility in that respect.

If you use a meal entitlement at a Table Service location, you will be able to order an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and beverage. All of it will be covered by your dining plan.

For all meals that require 2 table service entitlements on the regular Dining plan, you will need 2 meal entitlements on the Deluxe Dining Plan as well.

Having said all that, this plan is almost never a good idea. Generally, I recommend it only to someone who falls into one of three particular groups:

  1. Foodies: If you're coming to Walt Disney World for the experience of the food, you may want to consider this plan. Prepayment of what can be some pretty pricey food at some establishments can be a very good thing here. It also allows you the freedom to order the most expensive thing on the menu, if you want it, and not have to worry about sticker shock when you get the bill.

  2. Die Hard, 3-meals-per-day guests: If you must have 3 table service meals per day, this may be something you'd want to consider.

  3. Guests planning on doing a lot of Table Service meals that are considered signature dining: This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the Foodies group. If you like to eat at the signature dining locations, this can be a really wonderful plan. You can plan on a sit down breakfast in the morning, a light lunch of something using a snack credit, and then a signature dinner. I've done this myself.

For anybody else, this plan is almost certain to be too much food, too much money, and require too much time. If you've got kids under the age of 10 just itching to get in line to ride Splash Mountain, the last thing you'll want to concern yourself with is waiting for a plate of spaghetti at Tony's Town Square. Or, just when you're ready to get in line for Soarin' at Epcot – you've got to rush over to Le Cellier for your dinner reservation. You're going to feel like you're chasing the next restaurant and missing the rides completely.

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