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Four Tips To Make The Most Of Your Disney Dining Plan

If there’s one thing I love about Disney than the Disney parks, it’s the Disney FOOD! From the restaurants to the snacks, I love finding new yummies all around the parks. I recently had a chance to try the Disney Dining Plan for the first time and I know I’ll be dining with this plan on future trips as well!

Walt Disney World offers three different tier options when it comes to Dining Plans. Each plan consists of pre-paid meals so you can focus on the fun while you’re on your trip! The first is the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, which includes 2 Quick-Service Meals and 2 Snacks per person per night. The second is the Disney Dining Plan, which includes 1 Quick-Service Meal, 1 Table-Service Meal, and 2 Snacks per person per night. The last plan is the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, which includes 3 Meals and 2 Snacks per night. 

On my recent trip, I took advantage of the second plan and I found that it was the perfect plan for me! After trying the Disney Dining Plan, I’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of your dining plan investment.

 

Tower of Pancakes from Trattoria al Forno

 

Early Bird Gets The Worm

Just like Fastpass+ Reservations, you’ll want to try and plan your table-service meals as early as possible. In my family we have certain restaurants that are must-dos at Disney, so those are the reservations we choose first! On our last trip, our entire trip was planned around an initial breakfast reservation that was made months in advance. While all dining reservations won’t require this much planning, it’s important to do your research and know which to focus on! There’s nothing more rewarding than having all of your plans fall into place.

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Turtle Cheesecake from Coral Reef

Stretch Your Investment

There are some tips and tricks to getting the most out of your prepaid dining plan. When booking your reservation, check the price range. Whether it’s a $$ restaurant or a $$$ restaurant, at the end of the table-service meal all you’re responsible for is the tip! Character meals are usually more valuable, so go for those whenever you can.

Meeting Pluto at Chef Mickey

Another way to stretch your investment is with quick-service meals. Most people only think of restaurants like Cosmic Rays when it comes to quick-service, but there are always other options! One hack we found on our last trip was if you book a reservation with Be Our Guest for lunch, it counts as a quick-service meal. This is HUGE because if you’re on that middle dining plan, you could potentially eat at two popular restaurants in one day. Talk about the royal treatment!

 

Drinks from the Light Lab

Snack Strategically

Disney really goes above and beyond when it comes to snack on the dining plan. a snack can include popcorn, dole whip, and so much more! Instead of wasting your snack credit on just a bag of chips, pay attention to what other offerings are available to you.

Night Blossom from Pandora

Instead of just choosing a Starbucks drink, choose the largest size (Trenta) Starbucks drink. Thirsty for a coke? Treat yourself to a Frozen Coke! If you and someone else in your party each want to try different two snacks, divide and conquer. You can each try each other’s choice and if you want to get another one later, you’ll know it’s worth it! 

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Sweet Avocado Crema from Active Eats

Visit During Special Events

Epcot has special events going on throughout the year. Whether it’s Flower and Garden or Food and Wine, these events have special food offerings that aren’t always available. One thing that a lot of people don’t know is that some of these festival offerings can count as snack credits! While at Food and Wine last month, Paris and I had saved up our snack credits and were able to enjoy tons of offerings from the festival! You can get Disney popcorn any trip, but you can’t always enjoy beer-braised beef and mashed potatoes from Belgium or an Avocado Crema from Active eats. 

Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni Handwich from The Odyssey

A trip to Walt Disney World is a ton of fun, but the investment can be overwhelming! Enjoy a stress-free trip to see the mouse when you choose the right Dining Plan for your party. If you keep my tips in mind, you’re sure to make the most of your next vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth!

 

Which Dining Plan Would You Try?