Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: The Disney Dining Plan (plus Free Dining!)

If you’re familiar with Disney World and their dining plan, you might already be privy to all of the details. The Disney Dining Plan is available for folks who are staying at a resort and either purchase a Magic Your Way Package, or choose to use their Disney Vacation Club points… more on both of those in a later post.

The plans offer allotted meals for each night of your stay, depending on the package you choose. There are three types: The Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining, the Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining, and the Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining.

 

 

In addition, at certain times each year, Disney offers deals for guests to enjoy Free Dining with their stay. They’ve recently announced the fall dates which, depending on how you plan your vacation for a trip down to the event, will overlap!

But first, more on the plans themselves:

We’ll touch more on the benefits and drawbacks of the Dining Plan and Free Dining, but right now, we’re here to deliver you the details.

Magic Your Way Plus Quick Service Dining

With this plan, you receive:

  • Two Quick Service Meals per night of your resort stay
  • One Snack per night of your resort stay
  • One refillable mug

If you’re paying out of pocket, the Quick Service Dining Plan is $42 per adult per night and $16 per child per night (in peak season). We outlined what a Quick Service Meal is in an earlier post, and with the plan, you get an entrée and non-alcoholic beverage; if you’re redeeming it for lunch or dinner, you get a dessert, too. Snacks include everything from cookies to ice cream to beverages… and we’ll soon be talking about all of the allergy-options available in the parks.

Then there’s that refillable mug, a 12-ounce, insulated mug that works at the resorts’ self-serve beverage area. Options include tea, coffee, hot chocolate (not dairy-free), along with a variety of Coke products, including Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Powerade, Minute Maid Light Lemonade, among others. If you don’t get the Dining Plan, the mug costs $15.49 (plus tax) for the length of your stay.

Magic Your Way Plus Dining

With this plan, you receive:

If you’re paying out of pocket, the Dining Plan is about $60 per night for adults and $20 for children, depending on when you travel. All of the other logistics work the same; with the Table Service Meals, you get an entrée and non-alcoholic beverage; if you’re redeeming it for lunch or dinner, you get a dessert, too. Appetizers cost extra here.

Magic Your Way Plus Deluxe Dining

This is a LOT of food. One of us (Laurie! I’ll admit it!) eats like a horse, and frankly, I’ve never given this one a whirl. With this plan, you receive:

Everything else is the same, but with those meals? Yep, an appetizer is included, too! Not only is this a lot of food, it also takes up the majority of your trip. Though eating your way through Disney is an awesome way to enjoy it, when you have a Special Diet, things can often take longer to receive your meals, making for a lot of time spent waiting and eating. Out of pocket, it is $110 for adults, and $30 for children.

So what’s this Free Dining?

Free Dining was just announced for Fall 2014! If you book a Value Resort, you get the Quick Service Dining Plan free. If you opt for Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa, you get the Dining Plan for free! You can contact our friends at Destinations in Florida for details to see if it works best for you. There is one catch: in order to be eligible, your arrival date has to fall in the dates of the offer. In this case, around our event, the offer runs from November 9th to November 20th… so you’d have to head in a little early.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or comment below… and don’t worry! We’ll be giving you more of the Dining Plan nitty-gritty in posts to come.

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