Disney has a sweet dining system in place if you are planning your Walt Disney World vacation. You have an option to choose from several delicious Meal Plans when you book your Disney Magic Your Way Package. They really take the cake!!
Okay enough food jokes here is a breakdown of the available plans.
Quick Service Dining – Eat at select quick-service restaurants and receive 2 quick-service meals and 2 snacks per person per night of your package stay. You’ll also receive a mug you can refill as often as you like at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort hotel.
Dining – This plan offers one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack per person, per night of your package stay, at over 100 select restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort—including some restaurants that feature Disney Character Dining
Deluxe Dining – Included are 3 meals and 2 snacks per person, per night of your package stay, and the flexibility to enjoy any combination of select table-service and quick-service restaurants. Enjoy delectable dining at over 100 restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
Our last trip we opted for the Deluxe Dining Option. Our little one was under 3 so she either nibbled off our plate, or when we did the buffets she got her own. Since we got hooked on the Disney Dining Plan it has opened a world of opportunities to us. One thing we love is being able to eat at places we never could afford before like Ohana’s, 1900 Park Fare, and Boma’s. (if you paid out of pocket for those meals you are looking at over $100 easy)
One of our favorite things to do is after we eat at Ohana’s or Spirit of Aloha Show is walk around the Polynesian Resort. We walk down to the beach take some pictures, relax in a hammock, or just explore the various shops. But that is another blog entry entirely.
Quick Tip – All Disney Resorts are available to dine at, explore, and visit. Don’t just spend time at the parks check them out for a fun adventure! Each resort has its own theme and unique activities.
So why is the Deluxe so much better than the rest?
For some the Quick Service meals are good. Disney has so many choices and the quality of food they deliver is wonderful, but for us we love being able to sit down, get away from the rides and people and enjoy our meals. We like the option to experience cultural diverse foods. Not to mention we love to eat!
Quick Tip – 180 Days out Make your Advanced Dining Reservations or ADR’s that way you control when and where you want to eat. If you call Disney they can tell you about the restaurants, you can browse our site for reviews, or one my favorites options visit The Disney Food Blog for more information.
All 3 meal plans are great value since you can pay for everything at once, it is nice to be able to swipe your room card instead of having to carry around money or credit cards.
For us since we have gone Deluxe there is no going back. We will save pennies if we have to so we can afford the Deluxe option. I think it is just a better value and fair warning it will be a lot of food. If you don’t stuff yourself at every meal and drink plenty of water you will be fine.
Quick Tip – Snack credits are great to use when you spend 2 credits on some of the higher end meals that require 2 credits like Cinderella Royal Table.
Well I hope that helps when planning your next vacation. If you can afford the Deluxe Dining Option I would go for it. You can get real creative with your dining and theme your days and meals together. You can travel the food world without leaving the parks and resorts.
P.S – Are you as hungry as I am right now after seeing all those delicious Disney Desserts..?
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