The Disney Dining Plan: A Complete Guide

by | Jan 3, 2023 | Walt Disney World Food, WDW Blog

We’re sharing a complete guide to everything you need to know about the Disney Dining Plan, which will return for trips starting on January 9th, 2024 at Walt Disney World Resort.

After a years-long wait, the Disney Dining Plan has finally returned. When you book your 2024 trip, you can add the Disney Dining Plan to vacation packages for arrivals starting on January 9th, 2024. With its official return, we’re sharing a complete guide explaining everything you need to know about the Disney Dining Plan, from what it is, to the price and options.

The Disney Dining Plan: Table of Contents

What is the Disney Dining Plan?

The Disney Dining Plan is a prepaid meal package that you can add to your Disney World stay. The way it works is that you receive a certain number of “credits” which you can then use at table service and quick service dining at Walt Disney World (dependent on which plan you purchase). The Disney Dining plan covers a certain number of meals and snacks per person per day for a set cost, allowing guests to better budget and plan what they will be spending per day. 

The cost of the Disney Dining Plan depends on which option you choose. The Quick Service Dining Plan costs $57.01/per adult per night and $23.83/per child (3-9) per night. The standard Dining Plan costs $94.28/per adult per night and $29.69/per child (ages 3-9) per night.

Your Options for the Disney Dining Plan

Both the Quick Service Dining Plan and Standard Dining Plan have retuned, and we will be breaking down both the pricing and what you get for that pricing. Each of the plans allows you to purchase credits per each night of your stay. For example, if you book a four-night package with a Disney Dining Plan, each guest aged three and up will receive four table service meals, four quick service meals, and four snacks or non-alcoholic beverages that can be used anytime during your stay.

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Quick Service Dining Plan

If you purchase the Quick Service Dining Plan, each person aged three and up will get the following:

      • 2 Quick Service Meals Per Night of Stay
      • 1 Snack or Non-alcoholic Beverage Per Night of Stay
      • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

The Disney Dining Plan

The Standard Disney Dining Plan is more geared toward table service. Each person aged three and up will get the following:

      • 1 Quick Service Meal Per Night of Stay
      • 1 Table Service Meal Per Night of Stay
      • 1 Snack or Nonalcoholic Beverage Per Night of Stay
      • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

What the Disney Dining Plan Includes

So now that we know what our options are, let’s break down what exactly is included in each quick service and table service meal, along with what counts as a snack.

Quick Service Meals

      • 1 Entrée
      • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or one Alcoholic Beverage for guests 21 and over)

Table Service Meals

Meals redeemed at breakfast include:

      • 1 Entrée
      • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or one Alcoholic Beverage for guests 21 and over)

-OR-

      • 1 Full Buffet (prix-fixe) or Family-Style Meal (prix-fixe)
      • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or one Alcoholic Beverage for guests 21 and over)

Meals redeemed at brunch, lunch, or dinner include:

      • 1 Entrée
      • 1 Dessert
      • 1 Nonalcoholic Beverage (or one Alcoholic Beverage for guests 21 and over)

-OR-

      • 1 Full Buffet or Family-Style Meal
      • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or one Alcoholic Beverage for guests 21 and over)

For alcoholic drinks, the following beverages can be used:

      • Beer or Cider
      • Wine or Sangria
      • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

For non-alcoholic beverages, guests ten and over can choose from this list as part of their meal:

      • Milkshakes
      • Fresh Smoothies
      • Premium Hot Chocolate
      • Soda, Coffee or Tea

Which Snacks Are Included?

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At Quick Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

      • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle, or fruit bar
      • Two scoops of hand-scooped ice cream
      • Popcorn scoop (single-serving box)
      • Piece of whole fruit
      • Single-serve bag of snacks
      • 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola® products, including Dasani® water
      • 20-ounce fountain soft drink
      • Single-serve coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, milk, or juice
      • Cup of soup
      • Add on toppings or sauces (for example, a side of cheese dipping sauce)

Items Not Included in the Disney Dining Plan

  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes, and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table Service locations

Dining Plan Participating Restaurants

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There are over 200 participating restaurants for the Disney Dining Plan. These are the spots where you can use it:

Magic Kingdom

Table Service

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (requires two table service meal credits) 
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Quick Service

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • The Friar’s Nook
  • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Golden Oak Outpost
  • Liberty Square Market
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Tortuga Tavern

EPCOT

Table Service

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (lunch and dinner service requires two table service meal credits)
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Garden Grill Restaurant
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Spice Road Table
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Quick Service

  • Connections Cafe
  • Connections Eatery
  • Crêpes À Emporter at La Crêperie de Paris
  • Fife & Drum Tavern
  • Katsura Grill
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe
  • La Cantina de San Angel
  • Lotus Blossom Cafe
  • Refreshment Outpost
  • Refreshment Port
  • Regal Eagle Smokehouse
  • Sommerfest
  • Sunshine Seasons
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Table Service

  • 50’s Prime Time Cafe
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Quick Service

  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  • Dockside Diner
  • Fairfax Fare
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Ronto Roasters
  • Rosie’s All-American Cafe
  • The Trolley Car Cafe
  • Woody’s Lunch Box

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Table Service

  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Tiffins Restaurant (requires Two Table-Service meal credits)
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Quick Service

  • Creature Comforts
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Market
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe

Disney Springs

Table Service

  • The BOATHOUSE (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • The Edison
  • Enzo’s Hideaway
  • House of Blues Restaurant & Bar
  • Jaleo by Jose Andres (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Mario & Enzo’s Ristorante
  • Morimoto Asia (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Paddlefish (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Paradiso 37, Taste of the Americas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant
  • Rainforest Cafe
  • Splitsville Dining Room
  • Teralina Crafted Italian
  • T-REX

Quick Service

  • 4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza
  • Chicken Guy!
  • Cookes of Dublin
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • The Daily Poutine
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Marketplace Snacks
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food
  • Pepe by Jose Andres
  • Pizza Ponte
  • The Polite Pig
  • The Smokehouse at House of Blues
  • Swirls on the Water
  • YeSake Kiosk

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Quick Service

  • End Zone Food Court
  • Grandstand Spirits

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort

Quick Service

  • Intermission Food Court
  • Singing Spirits Pool Bar

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort

Quick Service

  • Silver Screen Spirits Pool Bar
  • World Premiere Food Court

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Table Service

  • Boma – Flavors of Africa
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Sanaa

Quick Service

  • Maji Pool Bar
  • The Mara

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Quick Service

  • The Drop Off Pool Bar
  • Landscape of Flavors

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Table Service

  • Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
  • Cape May Cafe

Quick Service

  • Beach Club Marketplace
  • Hurricane Hanna’s Waterside Bar and Grill

Disney’s BoardWalk

Table Service

  • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
  • Flying Fish (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Trattoria al Forno

Quick Service

  • BoardWalk Deli
  • BoardWalk Pizza Window
  • Leaping Horse Libations
  • Carousel Coffee

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Table Service

  • Sebastian’s Bistro

Quick Service

  • Centertown Market Grab & Go
  • Spyglass Grill

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Table Service

  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Steakhouse 71

Quick Service

  • Contempo Cafe
  • Cove Bar
  • The Sand Bar

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Table Service

  • Maya Grill
  • Rix Sports Bar & Grill
  • Three Bridges Bar & Grill
  • Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

Quick Service

  • Barcelona Lounge
  • Cafe Rix
  • El Mercado de Coronado
  • Siesta Cantina

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

Quick Service

  • The Chuck Wagon
  • Meadow Snack Bar
  • Trail’s End Restaurant

Table Service

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (requires two table service meal credits)

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Table Service

  • Citricos (requires two table service meal credits)
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Narcoosee’s (requires two table service meal credits)

Quick Service

  • Beaches Pool Bar & Grill
  • Courtyard Pool Bar
  • Gasparilla Island Grill

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Table Service

  • Olivia’s Cafe

Quick Service

  • Good’s Food to Go
  • Gurgling Suitcase
  • Turtle Shack Poolside Snacks

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Table Service

  • Kona Cafe
  • ‘Ohana

Quick Service

  • Capt. Cook’s
  • Oasis Bar & Grill

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Quick Service

  • Everything POP Shopping & Dining
  • Petals Pool Bar

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Quick Service

  • Mardi Grogs
  • Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
  • Scat Cat’s Club – Cafe

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Table Service

  • Boatwright’s Dining Hall

Quick Service

  • Muddy Rivers
  • Riverside Mill Food Court

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Table Service

  • Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera (requires two table service meal credits)

Quick Service

  • Bar Riva
  • Le Petit Cafe
  • Primo Piatto

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Table Service

  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Quick Service

  • The Artist’s Palette
  • Backstretch Pool Bar
  • The Paddock Grill

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Table Service

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse (requires Two Table-Service meal credits)

Quick Service

  • The Market at Ale & Compass

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Table Service

  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill
  • Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Quick Service

  • Roaring Fork
  • Geyser Point Bar & Grill

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Quick Service

  • Avalunch
  • Cooling Hut
  • Lottawatta Lodge
  • Warming Hut

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Quick Service

  • Leaning Palms
  • Lowtide Lou’s
  • Snack Shack
  • Surf Doggies
  • Typhoon Tilly’s

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill

Other Ways to Redeem Table Service Meals

So, what if you want to use your table service meal for character dining or a fine dining restaurant? Here’s how that works!

For character dining, you will have two table service meals redeemed from your dining plan for each person dining at:

  • Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (at lunch and dinner only)
  • Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White

For Fine/Signature Dining Restaurants, two table service meals will be redeemed for each person dining, and each meal will include:

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for guests 21 and older)
  • 1 Dessert

Other restaurants that will require two table service meals include dinner shows (such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revuew) and Be Our Guest.

In-Room Dining and Pizza Pick Up

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, you can use the Dining Plan for an in-room dining meal, which will count as two table service meals. The meal would include:

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert (lunch and dinner)
  • 1 Nonalcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older)

You can also use the Dining Plan for Pizza Pick-up at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. This will count for two quick service meals, and include:

  • 1 Large Pizza
  • 2 Single-serving Nonalcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use the Disney Dining Plan?

Your Dining Plan will be connected to your MagicBand, MagicBand+, Disney MagicMobile, or Key to the World Card. To use the Dining Plan, you only need to present one of these to your server at participating restaurants.

How do I keep track of the Disney Dining Plan?

You have three options to keep track of how many “credits” you have at any given point! Check your most recent dining receipt, visit any Guest Relations point, or use the My Disney Experience app to keep track.

Are gratuities included in the Disney Dining Plan?

Gratuity is not included in the cost of the Disney Dining Plan, so you will want to make sure to budget for gratuity.

Can mobile ordering be used with the Disney Dining Plan?

Yes, the Dining Plan can be used on mobile orders. You can use it for quick-service dining orders, or table-service to-go orders through the My Disney Experience app.

Do I still need a reservation when using the Disney Dining Plan?

Advanced reservations for table service restaurants are strongly encouraged, and advanced reservations for dinner shows are required. Having the Dining Plan will not guarantee seating.

What happens to unused meals?

Meals and snacks can be redeemed at any time during your stay, and unused meals and snacks will roll over day to day, expiring at midnight on the day of checkout.

Are there any deals on the Disney Dining Plan?

Currently, Disney+ subscribers can get a free Disney Dining Plan when booking select vacation packages (you can learn more here). Additionally, there is currently a deal for 50% off dining plans for kids aged 3-9 when booking selection vacation packages. Learn more here.

 

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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