Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan

by Casey Morris on December 18, 2017

What is Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan?

Essentially, it is a way to prepay for your food while on vacation, which in turn can discount the overall cost of the food purchased. This gives you that “all inclusive” feel while vacationing. With this plan, each guest in the traveling party (ages 3+) will receive PER NIGHT of your stay:

3 Meal Credits

2 Snack Credits

Each person will also receive one refillable mug.

What exactly is a meal credit?

  • You can visit either a Quick Service or Table Service Restaurant to redeem your meal credit. Here is what you would receive, depending on where you visit:
    • Quick Service Restaurant
      • Redeem a meal credit here and receive 1 entree and 1 beverage – Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage or specialty beverage. Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage, specialty beverage, or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) with their meal entitlement.
      • NOTE: Children ages 3-9, although have paid the cost of the child dining plan, can in fact order from the adult menu at quick service restaurants only.
      • NOTE: Sharing of meals IS allowed when redeeming a meal credit at a quick service restaurant! Often times, I will let one of my young children share a quick service with me. This allows for us to have more credits to spread out throughout the week!

        example of entree with sides using Quick Service Credit

        example of entree with sides using Quick Service Credit

    • Table Service Restaurant
      • Redeem a meal credit here and receive 1 appetizer, 1 entree, 1 dessert and 1 beverage OR unlimited buffet and beverage. Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage or specialty beverage. Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage, specialty beverage, or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) with their meal entitlement. Yes, these credits are redeemable for Character Dining!
      • NOTE: Children ages 3-9 are only allowed to order off the children’s menu when using at table service restaurants.
      • NOTE: No sharing of meals allowed at table service restaurants.
        crab legs found on a buffet, using Table Service Credit

        crab legs found on the buffet at Cape May Cafe

         

What about the snack credit?

  • Includes any item throughout the parks or resorts that is deemed a “Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit Item”.
  • Look for this symbol to know you can redeem a snack credit for the item: snack credit logo
  • These items can very greatly, ranging from a bottle of water (PLEASE, do not “waste” a snack credit on water!) to a breakfast item like a cinnamon roll or pastry, to any size STARBUCKS item you desire! Starbucks at Disney…does it get any better than that? We have compiled a list of our favorite locations to use and maximize your snack credits!the famous Dole Whip!

What is the refillable mug and how do I use it?

  • These mugs can be picked up from the quick service restaurant at your resort once you check in. They have RFID chips placed in them, and will only work for the duration of your stay at ANY resort quick service restaurant. They will not work in the parks. They are good for coffee, hot chocolate, soda, tea and Hi-C/Powerade.

How do I use my credits?

Since the dining plan is based on the number of nights you stay, that is how the credits or meals will be calculated. For example, if a family of 4 were staying 5 nights with the Deluxe Dining Plan, they would have a total of 60 meal credits, 20 snacks and 4 refillable mugs loaded onto their account upon check in at the resort.

When those credits are loaded onto your account, you can use them any time you want after checking in at your resort, up until midnight on the day you check out. It is wise to have some sort of plan in place on how and when you will use these credits though, as well as Advanced Dining Reservations for the restaurants that accept them. That is when having a knowledgeable travel planner that knows the parks and restaurants inside and out helping you comes in handy!

When you are at the restaurant/food cart/etc., you will be asked if you have the dining plan, and if you would like to use your credits for the purchase. You will then scan your MagicBand, and the deductions will take effect automatically.

Every time you use a credit of any kind, you will receive a receipt showing how many credits are remaining. DSC02756

Example, the family of 4 staying 5 nights: They started with 60 meal credits, after eating their first meal, their receipt would say 56 meal credits remaining. You can also check your remaining dining credits on your My Disney Experience app. All Pirate and Pixie Dust clients will have access to know how to do that through the client portal, so be sure to check that out!

Where can I use my credits?

  • Quick Service Restaurants (also known as Counter Service Restaurants or food courts) – any location throughout the parks, resorts or Disney Springs that you order your food at a register and seat yourself. There are no waiters at these locations, and none accept Advanced Dining Reservations except Be Our Guest. These are typically pretty quick meals, and you are able to refill your own drinks. Many people think it only includes hot dogs and cheeseburgers, but that is far from the truth! Examples of just a few of these restaurants (there are over 85 locations on property that are quick service) are:
  • Table Service Restaurants – any location that either seats you at a table and waits on you, provides a full buffet, provides Character Dining, private in room dining, is a Dinner Show or Signature Restaurant. See your options HERE. All table service options accept Advanced Dining Reservations, and I highly recommend that you reserve those meals! Dining reservations open up 180 days in advance, and the popular restaurants fill up very fast. There are over 50 restaurants/dinner shows/private in room dining options that you can use your table service credits for. Here are just a few examples:
    • Be Our Guest – dinner only
    • Coral Reef
    • ‘Ohana
    • Chef Mickey’s
    • Akershus
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Hollywood and Vine
    • Garden Grill
      • Although most locations only require 1 table service credits from the Plus and Deluxe Plans, there are some locations that require 2 table service credits per person.
        • Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table
        • Jiko – The Cooking Place
        • Flying Fish Cafe
        • California Grill
        • Citricos
        • Narcoossee’s
        • Artist Point
        • Yachtsman Steakhouse
        • Le Cellier Steakhouse
        • The Hollywood Brown Derby
        • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
        • Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
        • Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
        • All Private In-Room Dining

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