How to Make the Most Out Of Your Dining Plan: Breakfast at Disney World


When you book a reservation to stay at a Disney resort at Walt Disney World, you have the option of adding a Dining Plan to your reservation. These dining credits can be used at hundreds of locations throughout the Walt Disney World between all four theme parks, both water parks, Downtown Disney, and all of the Disney Resorts. So, how can you make the most out of your dining plan?

One way to make the most out of your Disney Dining Plan is to plan for breakfast at Disney World!

On your next trip, bring your own breakfast! Since the quick service and basic dining plans only include two meals per day and most families eat three meals per day, that leaves you to purchase one meal on your own. One of the cheapest and easiest meals to get on your own is breakfast. Unless your family is big breakfast eaters or you want to do a special character breakfast, your best bet is to pack some breakfast food in your suitcase and save your dining credits for lunch and dinner. Granola bars, pop tarts, cereal bars, and even donuts travel well and then free up room for souvenirs at the end of your trip. Don’t forget, you can bring food into the parks so if you are wanting an early morning start to take advantage of those Extra Magic Hours, bring your breakfast with you!

When using your dining credit at breakfast, you will only get an entrée and a non-alcoholic beverage. However, if you are using your meal credit for lunch or dinner, you will receive an entrée, a non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert (unless you’re at a buffet). So, don’t waste your credits on breakfast unless you are looking for a big buffet breakfast your whole family will enjoy.That being said, Disney does have some great breakfast buffets if that works for your family. You can check out ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian resort, Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Cape May Cafe at Disney’s  Beach Club Resort. All of these meals are one table-service credit and do accept advanced dining reservations up to 180 days in advance.

What is your favorite breakfast food to bring to the parks? Do you use your dining credits at breakfast?

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9 thoughts on “How to Make the Most Out Of Your Dining Plan: Breakfast at Disney World

  1. When using the dining plan, we often use them for the big breakfasts. Getting ADRs early in the morning allows you to get into the parks earlier, which allows you to get great pictures with almost no one in the background. Also, when we eat a big breakfast, we usually are good with just a small snack until dinner!

  2. I leave Sunday, and we have a whole suitcase with basically all food! Breakfast food & snacks for the parks! My husband & son love their food, and this way I can afford it!! 🙂

  3. I always eat breakfast in my room. Buy a few bananas, some yogurt, bring my own grain-free snack bars. If I am going to be having and extra busy morning, I will add 2 hard boiled eggs from the food court at Pop Century. It also means I get a few more minutes of quiet in a soon to be noisy day!

  4. Looks like the bread pudding with bananas foster sauce served at ‘Ohana at dinner. It is DELICIOUS! 🙂

  5. I almost forgot…If you want to do a Character breakfast, book one of the latest times and you can load up and skip lunch!

  6. I have two boys, and they are not big eaters in the morning, so I buy each of them one of those 8 packs of small cereal boxes. They cost a little more than a big box, but they each get 8 of their own choices every day, and they can take it along with them to the park if they want. (they don’t need milk for these, just munch on them.) They make 10 packs with a slightly smaller serving size, which I brought when they were little. I round it out with some Nutrigrain bars for me, and it’s enough to get us going…then there’s always one of those lovely cupcakes that are waiting at the parks for us. Yes, we have cupcakes for breakfast and don’t feel one bit of shame!

    It’s not so much saving money or dining credits by eating breakfast in the room, it’s saving those precious minutes of early morning park time before the crowds hit! Rope drop every day!

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