2015 Disney Dining Plan Guide

Disney Dining Plan Information & Planning Guide

If you’re using the 2015 Disney Dining Plan, or are wondering, “is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?” you’ll want to read these comprehensive articles we’ve written about the highly divisive Walt Disney World meal plan options. We have used the Dining Plan several times and also opted not to use it several other times (and instead pay out of pocket). We’re neither blind fans of the Disney Dining Plan nor are we opponents of it, and we bring this balanced perspective to our articles covering the Disney Dining Plan.

The Disney Dining Plan can be a great value or a poor value depending upon how you will use it, and these articles will give you an idea of the best and worst ways to use the Disney Dining Plan from a value perspective, so you’ll know whether it’s for you (if you’ve yet to pull the trigger), or how you should plan on using the Dining Plan if you’ve already booked your Walt Disney World vacation!

Click each link for comprehensive information you’ll want to know for each stage of planning your trip to Walt Disney World on the Disney Dining Plan!

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Disney Dining Plan Information for planning your Walt Disney World trip!

2015 Disney Dining Plan Overview and Pros & Cons – Here’s all the information you need to know about the various versions of the 2015 Disney Dining Plan, including prices and what the various plans include. Check this article out for current dates of the 2015 FREE Disney Dining Plan! We also share our review of the Disney Dining Plan, and whether we think it’s worth the money. (It certainly isn’t for everyone–not even when it’s “free.”)

Maximizing Table Service Credit Value on the Disney Dining Plan – The alternate name for this article is “Best Value=Order STEAK!” And really, that title would be all you need. Actually, it’s a bit more nuanced than that. This article ranks the top 10 table service restaurants at Walt Disney World in terms of objective value on the Disney Dining Plan. In other words, we examined the menus of all Walt Disney World table service restaurants and listed the 10 that are the most expensive (and thereby offer the most “bang for your buck” on the Disney Dining Plan, objectively speaking).

Maximizing Counter Service Credit Value on the Disney Dining Plan – Thanks to some high priced combos (like the chicken and ribs combo at Cosmic Ray’s or Fairfax Fare) and restaurants that serve expensive desserts, there are a lot of ways to maximize your counter service credit on the Disney Dining Plan, too. Some of these more expensive meals are even big enough to split, meaning that you can do breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Disney Dining Plan if you use credits effectively!

Maximizing Snack Credit Value on the Disney Dining Plan – That bottle of water or that banana you might spontaneously want? Bad uses of snack credits if you care about bang for your buck. Find out what items are a good use of snack credits. (Most of them are not nearly as healthy as that water or the banana…but they sure do taste better!)

Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews – Not all Disney restaurants were created equal. While none are so bad that they have rodents in the kitchen (well…as long as you don’t count Chef Mickey’s!), some Disney restaurants are surprisingly bad…and some are surprisingly good! Read our thoughts and opinions on each restaurant, as we give you some ideas as to our favorite restaurants and least favorite restaurants, and why we like or dislike particular restaurants. Just don’t read these on an empty stomach, as there are lots of mouth-watering photos in the reviews!

Disney Dining Plan v. Paying Out of Pocket – Here we breakdown our dining costs from one trip where we paid out of pocket and compared that to what we would have paid on the Disney Dining Plan. This post also includes a comparison of paying out of pocket to Free Dining, and explains why Free Dining isn’t really “free.”

“Free Dining” 2015 Dates – Free Dining hasn’t yet been announced for 2015, but rumors suggest it’ll be back in the spring. Keep tabs on this article for full details on when it’s available and which each tier of resorts gets on the promo.

Save Big With the Deluxe Dining Plan – The Deluxe Disney Dining Plan is a huge splurge, and way more food than most people will be able to eat. Disney counts on this, and offers the Deluxe Dining Plan at a relatively reasonable price point given what you can get on it, because Disney assumes you’ll skip some meals and not be able to “maximize” the Deluxe plan. We “beat the system” with the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan, and ended up saving a ton of money. Here’s where we ate, how much we saved, and how you can do the same!

Best Character Meals on the Disney Dining Plan – Just like the “Maximizing” articles listed above, except for character meals. Although this list is objective, in our experience, these are some of the better quality character meals at Walt Disney World, too. It does stand to reason that restaurants costing more would serve better food, so this shouldn’t be too surprising…

Disney Dining Plan Information & Planning Guide

Looking for Disney trip planning tips? Make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide.

If you need personalized help with planning any aspect of your vacation including the Disney Dining Plan, or want someone to watch for the Free Dining promotion for you and book it once it’s available–we recommend contacting a no fee “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” (Disney’s term for a travel agent) to get a quote and to help you plan. They get their commission from Disney, so none of the authorized (key word) planners will charge you for booking their trip and helping. Here’s one such recommended Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.

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Your Thoughts

Is the Disney Dining Plan a good value for your family? If you use the Disney Dining Plan, how do you maximize your savings and enjoyment of eating at Disney while on the Dining Plan. Please share any tips or thoughts you have in the comments!

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101 Responses to “2015 Disney Dining Plan Guide”

  1. Ava says:

    What restaurant has a robot? I’d love to try it!

  2. christel kosis says:

    any news of when the dining plan will be free for this year? we went in march 2012 and had the free dining. We want to go back but want to utilize the free dining

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Expect an announcement around July.

      • Angeline B says:

        Our trip is July 8th. Do you think it would be possible for us to get the free dining deal before our trip?

      • Tammie says:

        We have a trip planned for Setember 2013, and usaully the run the free dinning for the fall in the middle of April, and no word yet, do you know if and when they will start offering it for the fall of 2013 ??

      • Cassie says:

        July is peak season so it’s highly doubted that free dining will ever be offered. As for as the fall deals I hear they should be released end of April beginning May.

  3. Jill says:

    Any idea if there will be a discount on any dates this summer? If so when will it be announced?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Highly doubt there will be any summer dates. Summer is the most popular travel season, and this promo is usually offered to increase bookings during slower seasons. Sorry!

  4. Denise says:

    We are booked Sept. 15 thru 22nd? Think Disney will offer the usual free dining?

    • Tom Bricker says:


    • bagsRpacekd says:

      We ae planning a trip to DisneyWorld this September. We are waiting to see if they offer the free meal plan. We are open for the dates of September. I hear it will be July.
      I am going with my daughter-in-law. This will be her first trip. Still in shock she wants to go with her mother-in-law. Peter Pan could be my son. I never wanted to grow up.

  5. lerma says:

    I am so overwhelmed with planning our disney world trip in November, this early and I’m reading up on as many things as possible. with the dining plan, is there a menu in each restaurants where you can pick your food if you’re using disney dining plan? and also is there minimum to maximum price for each meal if you’re using the plan? thank you!

    • Leisa says:

      If you use the dining plan, you order off the regular menu and can order anything (other than prix fixe) so it follows that ordering the most expensive item off the most expensive restaurant’s menu (a single table credit restaurant) makes sense. Getting a 13 dollar burger for dinner doesnt make sense.

  6. NICOLE says:

    Any idea of general time frame for free dining in December ? We usually go the week prior to the holiday and it is free ??? Any news for 2013 ??

  7. Brian smith says:

    Will disney have free dining this August this year 2013

  8. Roxane says:

    I got a group rate at Disney port Orleans. Can I add on a meal plan

  9. Shelbi says:

    We booked our vacation for early September of this year. Any idea when Disney will release discounts for that time? Everything I’ve read has indicated that it is highly likely Free dining or resort discounts will be offered. Just not sure when to be on the lookout.

  10. Gina says:

    Have dates picked out to go in Early December. Chances good that free dining will be offered and if so would booking it now affect our eligibility for it? Also, how does it work if we book now with Plus Dining? Would we be credited the amount paid? Totally Clueless since I didn’t plan our last trip 15 years ago. HELP TOM!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I can’t really give you odds on this, besides knowing that Free Dining *will* be offered this fall to some extent. I’ve heard rumblings that dates will be reduced from the past, but have no idea if that’s actually true. If your early December dates are the Pop Warner dates, don’t be surprised if it isn’t offered then.

      • Michael Greiner says:

        Im looking to book for september of this year. You’re info has been very helpful so thank you! Do you know if there is a way to sign up for an e-mail alert or something like that for when the free dining dates for this fall are released?

  11. Lindsey says:

    Any thoughts on free dining for October and when that would be announced? I’m itching to book our trip and I’m trying to narrow down the dates! :)

    • James says:

      Would like to know this as well. Also, if I book my trip now and it ends up being during the free dining period would I be credited for the cost of the dining plan?

    • Lj says:

      I’ve been wondering what dates might offer something in Oct as well. I’m thinking 7-17 to book seeing how the holiday is the 14th the 7th is a week before so perhaps something will be available

  12. Kat Lincoln says:

    Is the free dining option only avialable to those who purchase a Magic Your Way Package? I’ve read on other sites that there’s also an option available to the “general public.”

  13. Joanne DiNardo says:

    Looking also for the free Disney dining dates . I always go in August every other year..

  14. Kerrie Jackson says:

    We have our vacation booked for June 28 to July 5. It will be our kids 1st time going and we’ll be celebrating our anniversary as well. We took our Honeymoon to WDW. Any idea what the discounts/free offering will be during that time? Thanks

  15. Brian says:

    we r booked august 17-23 2013, do u think they will restrict the resorts that can use free dining like they do with the %30 off deals?

  16. DisneyMaven says:

    I would like to go back to Disney World at the end of September, and there has always been a free quick service dining offer for that time, do you know if it will still be offered for fall 2013?

  17. Jillian says:

    If I book my trip now for November and the offer free dining, can I add it? Or do I have to wait for the promotion before I book.

  18. Greg says:

    Trip booked for nov 30- dec 7 any insight on free dining plan around the holidays?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I think there are *typically* some blockout days right around then because of Pop Warner, but we won’t know for sure until dates are released.

      • Tina says:

        I was very concerned as I am planning a trip around this time this was what I was able to determine based on past schedules.

        The pop warner stuff starts Friday/Saturday December 6-7th.

        The pop warner event is based off the first Saturday in December each year, with crowds coming in on Friday and staying the week after.

        And remember only the first date of your trip has to fall in the free dining plan to get it for your whole trip.


  19. Deonie says:

    We visited WDW March 2012, we were so amazed with the free dining offer, although a little skeptical when we booked. It was a great saving and there was so much food!! Great choices very easy, Looking forward to making the big trip from Down Under again and will definitely be keeping in mind the free dining offer when we get to planning in a few weeks..

  20. Alison says:

    We are planning on visiting WDW the end of Sept, after reading your blog, I am unclear who the dining pass is available for and how you find out how and when to either purchase or look for discounts.

    Thank you for any advice.

  21. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I am planning on going January 2014. Do you know or think there will be free dining or any type of discount then?

  22. DM says:

    I’m trying to decide whether to book our trip for October, now or wait. If I add dining and then they do “free dining”- would I get a discount? If I book and don’t add dining, could I add it at a later point?? Thank you for your helpful blog.

  23. Tammie says:

    Hello Tom, I was getting a little worried, its mid April now and by now they have come out with the free dinning for the fall months of Aug. and September, we were in on the free dinning for September last year and had to re-sch. that trip to this year, and now I am getting a little panicked due to some people saying they did not think they would offer the free dinning this year for fall or any times, so do you know if they will ??

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I don’t know with 100% certainty either way–no one who is not bound by a NDA with Disney does, so don’t trust anyone claiming to be “certain” on this subject. That said, I’d be surprised if it isn’t announced. It’s entirely likely that Disney is waiting until the last minute to book as many full price packages as possible and then using the promo to convince those “on the fence.”

      • Tammie says:

        Thank You, I have had these reservations since the beginning of last year for September and had the free dinning added on it and then had to move it out till this year, been 3 years since a trip and me and hubby and kids so excited to finally be able to make it this year, but only can we afford it if the free dinning is offered, so I am keeping my fingers crossed to see it soon…

  24. Peg says:

    I have booked a trip for Late November early December 2013. I am still hopeful for free dining. Any hint as to when we can look for the anouncement.

  25. Andrea says:

    Coming Fri Oct 4 for one week. A Disney Castmember told me just last week not to expect an announcement on ANY fall discounts until around August 15th. Do you think this is valid?? I was on wdw.com & was asking a ? related to resort res & happened to ask about discounts & asked specifically about free dining and/or resort discounts. I thought Aug 15 was VERY late to offer a discount.

  26. Scott A says:

    I am going to Disney World September 7- Sept. 14, what are the chances of free dining?

  27. Michelle says:

    Hi, so disappointed free dining is not offered the end of Aug like the last two years. Whats the chance free dining will be offered in late Nov?


  28. Robin says:

    My family and I are going for 9 days, can you suggest places to dine at? We have two kids (10 and 12) and are looking for some fun places. Thank you!

  29. Amy says:

    We just booked our reservations for Nov. 1st-9th. Do you think it’s a possibility for Free Dining to be offered during this time? Or do you possibly know when they might release something about it if they offer it? Thanks! :)

    • Dave Talbert says:

      We are booked 11/2 to 11/13 at Coronado Springs. Looking for a thought on “Free dining” offered in that time frame. I’m hearing of people recieving PIN #s through December for Free Dining

  30. Lucy Santos says:

    Hello there. I’ve booked my trip for Sep/22 – Oct/06. But I’ve already paid for dining plan :(
    What can I do about it??? Cry is not a good answer, ok?! (LOL)

  31. e a groves says:

    any idea if free dining will be available for uk we are flying out on 25 sept 2013 and are holding out to book hotel

  32. kate scott says:

    hi we are staying at the wilderness lodge in November.we have got a Disney dining plan,please could you tell me if we want a breakfast does that count for a meal off our planner or is it included in our hotel??
    thank you for your help,
    the Scotties x x x

  33. khughesnyc says:

    My partner and I just returned home from our stay at the Walt Disney Resort (WDW) and we utilized a 5-day standard dining plan that was recommended to us by the WDW reservation-booking agent. We were quoted a price by the agent (as the prices are not published on the WDW Web site) to be roughly $34 per person per day, which works out to be roughly $340 for the both of us for the 5 days.

    During our stay, I kept track of the value of every table-service, quick service and snack that we consumed as part of the plan and we utilized the plan to its full extent. The end value was roughly $500. My partner and I were astounded by how much we saved; however, upon checkout we received an itemized bill that stated our dining plan was actually $556.

    You can imagine our surprise that not only were we severely under-quoted on the plan by the WDW booking agent, but upon review of our initial confirmation sent to us via e-mail it does not actually list the cost of the dining plan, only the entire cost of our hotel stay and a note that the dining plan was discounted 50%. In addition, when we got our itemized bill at the front desk and it stated $556 for the dining plan and I questioned it, the concierge informed me that the plan was not $556 but that was the initial cost and that according to the notes it was 50% off the cost of the plan and we charged as such. Upon review and calculation of the itemized bill, that was untrue. The cost of the dining plan was indeed $556.

    We then called the WDW booking and reservations to discuss the error and were informed that there was no such discount on any dining plan and that the 50% discount notated in conjunction with the dining plan was actually a discount on our hotel stay and not the dining plan. We were already aware of this discount because the cost of the room was discounted to us in the initial quote from the booking agent. We were then told that WDW does not honor any verbal agreements and that unfortunately there was nothing that could or would be done. We requested to speak with a supervisor and were put on hold for 15 minutes and then the agent returned to get our contact information and to have a supervisor contact us back; however, no supervisor has contacted us as of yet.

    The thing that bothers me the most and that I hope people take away from this is that the value of the plan is over $550 and the value of what we ordered as part of the plan was about $500 — and we ordered some of the most expensive menu items at the table-service restaurants we visited, only frequented quick-service locations that offered extensive combo plates (entree, side dish, dessert and beverage), and did not trade our “snacks” for beverages or fruit — only the $4-$5 snacks offered. Thus we paid an additional $50 just to have the convenience of the plan, but it should be noted that we normally would not have eaten this much and where they get you at the table-service locations is the cost of appetizers, alcohol and gratuity on the whole check not just the items you paid for that were not included in the plan.

    It is my recommendation that you do not use the WDW dining plan at its normal price because you will not save any money. You are better off just paying out-of-pocket then being tied to a plan to eat a set amount that is actually more expensive than what the restaurants actually charge.

    Definitely a bait-and-switch that has left not a very magical taste in our mouths!

    • Deb says:

      Yes, I believe you…I made my reservation and then the free dining came out, I was checking in one day too early, was going to drop one day and go in the next, if I did that then the cost of my room would go up and it was going to cost me more for a 6 day vaca with “free dining” than for the 7th and paying for my dining. This is sad that Disney has to have such practices. Sounds like a con game to me because ppl think they are saving and in all reality they aren’t. I understand that there is a cutoff period of free dining, but it was closed out for Sept 26, 27, & 28th, normal checkin dates so you miss out on it if you already have a reservation. Disney has burned me, but I won’t fall for it again. Once burned you always remember it.

  34. DAVID ANDERSON says:

    We have reservations to come to wdw on Nov. 28th-Dec. 5th. We usually come around Nov. 16th for our anniversary. But this year we are planning these dates so we can go to the Candlelight Processional. Any word on dates for the dinner packages reservations? We hope to get the free dining also. Any word on this? Someone said maybe in July. Any rumors?

  35. Brooke Phil says:

    Our family is planning to visit Nov.28-Dec.5 but we the dining options are so overwhelming. Do you expect the free dining plan to be available during this time? Also, If we book our trip now but we don’t select a dining plan, will we be able to add the free dining later if it should become available? Thanks in advance for your help!

  36. HC says:

    First time in disneyworld, If I book my trip to stay in the disney resort from 8/10/13 thru 8/20/2013 with meals and park ticket ? I wonder if Disney offer a free dinner plan can i get my money back ?

    Or should i wait to book it in august ? They may run out of room in the resort we’re planing to stay.

    Can you or someone give me some advise ? Love my kid otherwise i would used the money to travel to aruba or costa rica, better value and better place.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      That’s still summer vacation season, so you’re VERY unlikely to see it added for those dates (especially at this late point). I’d book a different discount instead. Good luck!

  37. Andyman says:

    Do you think by August they might offer free dining. I noticed on the Disney site that free dining is offer to the UK already
    for the rest of the year. Any chance the US? We really need this. We plan to come in late November. Any word on when the
    candlelight processional dinner packages will open up?

  38. steve k says:

    We are going to disneyworld in the middle of August for 9 days. Because my son is a very picky eater, we have decided not to do the dining plan this year and use our tables in wonderland discount card. We used it in october when we were stuck at the park because of sandy, and we have recouped our 75 dollar purchase price then. We also upgrad our tickets to annual at that time so this trip won’t cost us anything for admission.
    In doing our budget, we think using the tables card, we will end up spending less than if we purchased the dining plan and alot if we purchased the deluxe dining plan. 9 days on the dining plan is too much food, antowardsthe middle and end of our trip we will nofbe able to eat asmuch, thus not maximizing the plan and justifying ppurchasing the plan. With tables we have more flexibility toeat what we want and not over eat and still save 20 %.

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  40. sarah says:

    We are planning a trip to wdw in feb or march. Do they usually offer free dining plans during that timeframe? Thanks for any help you can give!

  41. Nicole says:

    We are planning a trip to a Disney Early May 2014. Do you know if there is free dining or any other discounts during this time?
    Thanks in advance

  42. Stacia says:

    We are going to Disney in late October 2014 and HOPING for either a room discount or free dining. What is your opinion on the likelihood of either of those? Also would getting a Disney Visa increase our chances of getting a discount?

  43. Roberta says:

    The dinig plan is pricey, but when we go I spurge and get the deluxe plan. This plan lets you choose anything you want on the menu. My 14 yr old son, husband, and myself feel we get our monies worth. With the deluxe you can do table service for all your meals. We hat lunch at Mama Rosa’s and the bill was well over $100.00 dollars. My family loves seafood and that adds up. It is a ton of food, but three sit down meals a day can run well over $125.00 except breakfast which still is pricey and by the time you get your snacks(went in 2011) and you still got 3 snack a piece our food bill ran an easy $325.00 a day.

    When they have the free dining, you can upgrade to deluxe for just the cost difference, so that helps if you can get it. I also like the connivence of not carrying money or worrying about the cost; just pick out what ever you want on the menu.

    It’s a splurge that we only do every 3-4 years. Hoping to go back in February 2015.

  44. Clare says:

    We’ve had the Disney Dining (middle level) the last two years and have saved a bundle of money! We book most of our restaurants in advance as soon as we are able, on our last trip we are at Be Our Guest, Planet Hollywood, T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe, grand Floridian, to name but a few. And we got wise and used some for breakfast and ate at the Wave in the Contemporary where it’s a help yourself buffet!

    We found we were using our snacks allowance on the bottles of water and soda because we were always pleasantly full so definitely didn’t need anymore food lol. I must admit the first year we did it I was worried we’d be hungry, but it was quite the opposite!

    We worked out within our first week the meals we’d had equalled our Disney dining cost for the two weeks! And the best thing was on our last night we were still able to have a lovely (expensive) meal because we didn’t have to count the pennies!

    I give Disney Dining a HUGE thumbs up!

  45. andyman says:

    Last year the wdw free dining dates for November were Nov 11-23. Any rumor the same dates may be available this year for 2014?

  46. DAVE says:

    Are there any rumors of the free meal plan coming out? We plan to go to WDW around the middle of November 2014. If there are, should I expect the same dates as last year’s FDP this year?

  47. Aaron says:

    Does anyone know if Disney usually offers discounts on its dining plans during slower times of the year?
    I’m going in September and was thinking about upgrading to the deluxe plan.

  48. Jen says:

    I wish there was a lighter option for, say, families of four who only eat enough for two meals. There’s no point in paying for food that’s just going to go to waste. Do we have to purchase a plan for everyone in the party, or can we just buy two plans and share amongst ourselves?

  49. Albert Myers says:


    • trish says:

      Hi Albert,

      I’ve just gotten off the line with a cast member about this. Note that All-Star Movies IS NOT eligible for the free dining.

      Note also that the dates for 2014 are as follows:

      August 31, 2014 – October 3, 2014
      October 26, 2014 – November 1, 2014
      November 9, 2014 – November 20, 2014
      December 12, 2014 – December 23, 2014

      As I understand it, for free dining purposes, it goes off the day of arrival. You will want to check all of this directly with Disney for yourself, of course!

  50. Rebecca Taylor says:

    I booked my trip today and paid for the Disney Dining Plan that includes ONE TABLE SERVICE MEAL. I can not figure out how to reserve my selections? It is probably easy, but this is my first time to Disney and I am clueless, please help. Thank you.

  51. Paula Gwinn says:

    My husband and I just got back from Disney World and we worried that we would not get enough food on the dining plan. I’m glad we didn’t upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan. We ended up splitting meals so that we could eat all the food. Since an typical table service meal was around $40-$50 and a combo around $15-$20, we more than got our money’s worth. Also, knowing that we could just walk in and order what we wanted made this trip much less stressful. By the last day, we were getting snacks and storing them for the trip home!

  52. Paula Gwinn says:

    If you can remember to take your mug with you when you are walking around the resort, it’s great. Having to go back to the room and get it is great exercise, however…

  53. aimee says:


    can anybody help me please? My family and I are travelling to Disney over Christmas this year and would really like to do something special on Christmas day and new years eve. can anybody recommend anything for us please? I am travelling with 3 kids aged 13, 11 and 5.

    Thankyou in advance.Aimee

  54. Nancy says:

    My family was in a Disney Resort a year and half ago and had the dining plan. At that time you could change two quick service meals for a table service meal. Does anyone know when that changed.

  55. Brian says:

    I’ve seen the dining plan change over the years. My first experience with it was fabulous! Appetizer AND dessert (I think) tips included for table service. But now… really not worth it unless it happens to be offered during a time you are planning on going – for free. My next trip includes free dining (bounce back offer) but I opted for a value resort (hardly ever in the room!) and counter service meals.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Oh yeah. When we first got it back in 2007, the Disney Dining Plan was AWESOME. We saved a ton of money. Now…I also wouldn’t get it unless it were during Free Dining, and even then I’d check to see if a room-only discount might be better.

  56. Natalie says:

    I’m so confused. I have a family of 5. Two adults a 19 year old 12 year old and 7 year old. My family eats 3 meals a day(are we the only ones who still do that?). This is our first trip to Disney and I keep reading blogs about the meal plans but still can’t decide. It looks like I would have to pay out of pocket anyhow since both the standard and quick service plans only cover 2 meals. I don’t think I’d consider the deluxe plan because although we will be eating 3 meals they wouldn’t all be sit downs. I don’t like the idea of being tied to a reservation everyday but we normally do sit down meals at dinner and I definitely would do at least 1 character meal. Should I consider the standard dining plan knowing I’ll have to pay something out of pocket anyhow or should I just forget about the dining plans altogether? Please help.

  57. Robiin says:

    Hi Tom,
    My family and I recently booked a trip through Disney and added the QS Dining Plan. I did not order any theme park tickets at the time. I have been reading that you HAVE to buy tickets through Disney in order to get the dining plan. Do you think I can add on tickets from a third party such as Undercover Tourist and not be hassled? Thanks!

  58. James says:

    Does anyone know which restaurant I can find that great looking chocolate dessert?

  59. Katie says:

    Hi! We just booked our trip for 10/29-11/5 2015 do you think they’ll offer the free dining plan? And when do you think they’ll announce it and also where would I find the info on so I can call WDW ASAP? We are staying at port Orleans riverside. Thanks your site is awesome!!

  60. Tracy says:

    We are a family of 4 – 2 adults and 2 children, ages 4 (grazer and picky eater) and 9 (refined palate). I’ve done a very comprehensive spreadsheet and spent a lot of time picking out menu items I think we’d order at the restaurants I’ve made ADR’s at for our fall trip this year. I’ve compared the money we’d spend out-of-pocket (adding in the tax, too) to the regular DDP price for our family, plus out-of-pocket expenses not included in the plan (appetizers, etc.). Both come out to be so close in price, I cannot decide whether to go with the plan or not. We could easily decide we want something different for dinner a couple nights and the price for paying out of pocket goes down a little, but not enough to really make a difference (maybe $20).

    We have numerous buffet character meal ADR’s (Chef Mickey’s, ‘Ohana, Akershus, 1900 Park Fare), as well as 2 signature dining meals (Jiko and Hollywood Brown Derby). We like to splurge and eat nice meals (i.e. expensive) while on vacation, but not big on eating 2 desserts a day – sharing one after dinner maybe). We also plan to eat and drink our way around World Showcase for the Food & Wine Festival (snack credits!!). I really cannot decide whether to go with the DDP or pay for it all ourselves when the totals for the week come out to be so close.

    I need help! What would you do???

  61. Jinpak says:

    thanks for the info

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  63. Nicole says:

    We have the deluxe dining plan and i was wondering if my husband and i can just share a meal using the ddp.


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