What is the Disney Dining Plan

This is such an important piece of the offerings at Walt Disney World that it deserves it’s own article.

What is the Disney Dining Plan?

The Disney Dining Plan (or DDP for short) is a program that allows Disney Resort Guests the option to pre-pay for their meals during their Walt Disney World Vacation.


Let’s look at answering a few questions

The Cost?

Disney changes (usually increases) the price each year, so for the 2018 version of the DDP here is the cost:

  • $75.49 per day for adults and $25.75 for kids (ages 3 to 9)

This includes:

  • One Table-Service meal, including entree, dessert (lunch or dinner) and one drink
  • One Quick-Service meal, including entree, dessert and a beverage
  • Two snack credits, which could include ice cream, popcorn, dole whips, and more
  • One refillable mug

There are three levels of the Disney Dining Plan

  1. The Regular Dining Plan (above)
  2. The Quick Service Dining Plan (2 QS meals, 2 snacks and a mug)
  3. The Deluxe Dining Plan (3 meals of any combination QS/TS, 2 snacks and 1 mug)

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Here’s where it’s my obligation to state the obvious:

Each vacation is 100% different and UNIQUE! No trip will ever be the same AND you’ll never have the same dining experience due to a number of factors that I just can’t begin to explain.
If you feel like the Disney Dining Plan would work for your family, my suggestion is to start early in the planning process and break out the excel spreadsheet.
I have a list of the Top ADRs to get ASAP, so take a look at that article if you’re thinking about going down the road of the Disney Dining Plan.


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It’s important for you to do your research into the DDP before you buy it, as sometimes it’s not worth it.
If you have specific questions regarding your trip, head over to our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/stepstomagic.com) and flip me a message and I’ll do my best to help. Remember…it’s YOUR vacation!


Just a few things to remember

  • If you book through Expedia, even if you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you’re not eligible for the Dining Plan
  • Everyone on the room reservation has to buy the Dining Plan. This is inclusive of all age groups
  • You don’t have to decide to buy the Disney Dining Plan before you start making ADRs. In fact, you can wait until a short time before your vacation to actually purchase it. Double check with the Disney Reservation Center (or 407-WDW-Dine) if you have individual questions.

Written by Dustin Fuhs

I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality! If you want more Theme Park fun - listen to the We Like Theme Parks Podcast at https://welikethemeparks.podbean.com/

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