Delightful Disney Dining Plan Updates

Cinderella's Royal TableAnyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that we try to make our Disney vacations feel as all-inclusive as possible, so we ALWAYS get a Disney Dining Plan. We enjoy not having to look at prices when we order food (and also avoid the heart-attack that some end-of-meal checks could induce!) and not having to budget for meals while we’re on vacation because to us, budgeting=work and we’re on vacation!

As you may recall, we recently wrote about some long-awaited changes to the Disney Dining Plan. Not only were some previously excluded single-serve items made to be included, but conversion of meal credits to snack credits is now allowed as well.

Well…there is more great news! And these changes go into effect this week!

Table Service

Unless you have a Deluxe, Premium, or Platinum dining plan, the Table-Service meals allowed you to choose an entree, drink and dessert. Many people have been asking for the option to substitute dessert for something a little healthier, and Disney has heard their pleas! Guests may now choose a side salad, soup or fruit plate instead of dessert! This option may not be available at all locations, and may not appear on menus as of yet, so ask your server when ordering if this option is available.

Another lovely addition is the ability to share Disney Dining Plan credits with friends and family who are not included on their dining plan. In the past, you could only use the number of credits at each meal as you had on your plan, for example, a family of 4 could only use 4 credits. We are now able to use extra credits for those visiting us while we are on vacation!

Also, for the Deluxe, Premium, and Platinum plans, adult and child credits are interchangeable. For example, if there is an adult who chooses to order from the child’s menu or vice versa, it is now an option.

Quick Service

As with the Table-Service meals, many users of the Quick-Service credits have been asking for water or something else instead of dessert with inconsistent results. This is now an option at every Quick-Service restaurant! You may choose any item designated as a snack included on the Dining Plan in place of dessert as part of your Quick-Service meal.

Something many people have long been aware of is that with Quick-Service credits, there has been a lack of designation between the child and adult credits. Disney has now made it official that they are interchangeable. The best way to take advantage of this is if you have children who don’t eat much and could split an adult meal rather than ordering 2 children’s meals – this is a great option for saving up some meal credits for days that your family might be extra hungry!

I really love that Disney is actively listening to what Guests at their parks and resorts really want! These Dining Plan rules may sound a little confusing at first, but they really make sense when you think about planning your vacation.

As usual, any questions can be posted in the comments or sent directly to me through email.