Disney Dining Plans – The Cost & Getting Your Money’s Worth

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One of the things that really bugs me about Disney’s website is that the actual prices of the Dining Plans aren’t posted in plain English. Yes, we could all sit and calculate the daily cost, but seriously, it would make life easier if they just put the price right in front of our faces. Hence the reason for this post.

Here’s the per day price breakdown…

PlanPer Adult
(10+ years)
Per Child
(3-9 years)
Quick-Service (2 QS meals, 1 Snack, 1 Mug)$41.99$16.03
Dining Plan (1 QS, 1 TS, 1 Snack, 1 Mug)$60.64$19.23
Deluxe Plan (3 Meals, 2 Snacks, 1 Mug)$109.53$29.86

Now, I’m going to give you an idea of how much each meal should cost for you to break even with your spending on meals. (This is where it gets all “mathy”.) I’m basing all prices on a 6-night, 7-day stay.

Quick Service Plan  
Adult (10+ years)Child (3-9 years)
Plan Cost$251.94 (6 nights)$96.18 (6 nights)
Minus cost of a
length-of-stay resort-
refillable mug
$17.99$17.99
Remaining$233.95$78.19
Minus cost of 6 snacks (priced at $4.50)$27.00$27.00
Remaining$206.95$51.19
Divided by 12 meals (2 meals per night)$17.24$4.26

For the Quick Service Dining Plan, each adult meal should cost $17.24 and each child meal $4.26 for you to break even.

Dining Plan  
Adult (10+ years)Child (3-9 years)
Plan Cost$363.84 (6 nights)$115.38 (6 nights)
Minus cost of a
length-of-stay resort-
refillable mug
$17.99$17.99
Remaining$345.85$97.39
Minus cost of 6 snacks (priced at $4.50)$27.00$27.00
Remaining$318.85$70.39
Minus above cost of 6 QS meals$103.44$25.56
Remaining$215.41$44.83
Divided by 6 nights for TS meals$35.90$7.47

For the Regular Dining Plan, each Adult Quick Service meal should cost $17.24, and each Table Service meal should cost $35.90. For a Child, the Quick Service meals should cost $4.26, and the Table Service meals should cost $7.47.

Deluxe Dining Plan  
Adult (10+ years)Child (3-9 years)
Plan Cost$657.18 (6 nights)$179.16 (6 nights)
Minus cost of a
length-of-stay resort-
refillable mug
$17.99$17.99
Remaining$639.19$161.17
Minus cost of 12 snacks (2 per day priced at $4.50)$54$54
Remaining$585.19$107.17
Divided by 18 meals (3 per day)$32.50$5.95

For the Deluxe Dining Plan, each Adult meal should cost $32.50, and each Child meal should cost $5.95. Granted, most people don’t eat Table Service for every meal, but the more expensive meals will more than make up for the cheaper ones.

To be honest, after doing the math I am quite pleasantly surprised at the savings we will be seeing on our Disney vacation this year!

Dining with Disney Characters

Star Wars Weekends CharactersWe all know a huge part of the Disney World experience is having a meal with our favorite Characters – my family’s must-do Character meals are Chef Mickey’s and the Crystal Palace (both for the breakfast buffets). At these meals, each Character “works the room” and stops at each table so everyone gets to meet them and take pictures and get autographs. In my opinion, this is a fantastic way to meet the Characters, avoid the lines for meet and greets, and save your FastPass+ for other things. The following is a list of all the Character dining available at Disney World along with which Characters you can expect to see…please keep in mind though that Character appearances and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

Insider Tip – When taking pictures during the character meals, be mindful of what is in the background and foreground! A cluttered table isn’t very pleasing to look at, and a window with bright daylight shining through will make the people in your pictures look very dark. 😉

1900 Park Fare

Breakfast          8:00am – 11:50am          Buffet

  • Mary Poppins
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Tigger
  • Winnie the Pooh

Dinner          4:00pm – 9:00pm          Buffet

  • Cinderella
  • Prince Charming
  • Lady Tremaine
  • Anastasia
  • Drizella

 

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

Breakfast          8:00am – 11:10am          Buffet

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Belle
  • Princess Aurora
  • Ariel
  • Mary Poppins

Lunch          11:55am – 3:30pm          Buffet

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Belle
  • Princess Aurora
  • Ariel
  • Mary Poppins

Dinner          4:55pm – 8:35pm          Buffet

  • Snow White
  • Cinderella
  • Belle
  • Princess Aurora
  • Ariel
  • Mary Poppins

 

Cape May Cafe

Breakfast          7:30am – 11:00am          Buffet

  • Goofy
  • Donald
  • Minnie Mouse

 

Chef Mickey’s

Breakfast          7:00am – 11:30am          Buffet

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy

Brunch          11:35am – 2:30pm          Buffet

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy

Dinner          5:00pm – 9:30pm          Buffet

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy

 

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Breakfast          8:05am – 10:40am

  • Cinderella
  • Ariel
  • Aurora
  • Snow White
  • Jasmine

Lunch          11:45am – 2:40pm

  • Cinderella
  • Ariel
  • Aurora
  • Snow White
  • Jasmine

Dinner          3:50pm – 11:15pm

  • Cinderella
  • Ariel
  • Aurora
  • Snow White
  • Jasmine

 

Covington Mill (Lake Buena Vista Hilton)

Breakfast          8:30am, 9:30am

  • Minnie Mouse
  • TBA
  • TBA

 

The Crystal Palace

Breakfast          8:00am – 10:45am          Buffet

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Piglet
  • Eeyore
  • Tigger

Lunch          11:30am – 2:45pm          Buffet

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Piglet
  • Eeyore
  • Tigger

Dinner          3:15pm – 10:00pm          Buffet

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Piglet
  • Eeyore
  • Tigger

 

The Garden Grill

Dinner          4:00pm – 8:00pm          Buffet

  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Pluto

 

Garden Grove

Dinner          5:00pm – 8:30pm          Buffet

  • Rafiki (Monday and Friday)
  • Timon (Monday and Friday)
  • Goofy (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • Pluto (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)

 

Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room

Afternoon Tea          2:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Rose Petal
  • Aurora

 

Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals

Breakfast (Thursdays and Saturdays ONLY)         7:30am – 11:00am          Buffet

  • Goofy
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse

 

Hollywood & Vine

Breakfast          8:00am – 10:20am          Buffet

  • Jake
  • Sophia
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Handy Manny

Lunch          11:00am – 2:55pm          Buffet

  • Jake
  • Sophia
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Handy Manny

 

Jedi Mickey’s STAR WARS Dine at Hollywood & Vine

Dinner          4:30pm – 9:00pm          Buffet

  • Jedi Mickey
  • Princess Leia Minnie
  • Darth Vader Goofy
  • Storm Trooper Donald
  • Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale

 

Jedi Mickey’s STAR WARS Dine at Hollywood & Vine Fantasmic

Dinner          4:30pm – 7:00pm          Buffet

  • Jedi Mickey
  • Princess Leia Minnie
  • Darth Vader Goofy
  • Storm Trooper Donald
  • Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale

 

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Dinner          6:30pm          Family Style

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Goofy
  • Chip ‘n Dale

 

‘Ohana

Breakfast          7:30am – 11:00am          Buffet

  • Lilo
  • Stitch
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Pluto

 

Shutters (Disney’s Vero Beach Resort)

Breakfast (Saturday ONLY)          7:30am – 11:00am

  • Tropical Donald
  • Tropical Goofy

Dinner (Monday ONLY)          5:00pm – 9:00pm          Family Style

  • Pirate Donald
  • Pirate Goofy

 

Tusker House Restaurant

Breakfast          8:00am – 10:55am          Buffet

  • Safari Donald
  • Safari Daisy
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse or Pluto

Lunch          11:00am – 3:30pm          Buffet

  • Safari Donald
  • Safari Daisy
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse or Pluto

Dinner          4:00pm – 6:30pm          Buffet

  • Safari Donald
  • Safari Daisy
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse or Pluto

 

Watercress Cafe (Buena Vista Palace)

Breakfast (Sunday ONLY)          3:30am – 11:00am

  • Minnie Mouse
  • Goofy
  • Pluto

 

Wyndham (Lake Buena Vista)

Breakfast (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday ONLY)          7:30am – 10:30am

  • Goofy
  • Pluto

 

Make sure you take plenty of pictures, or you may miss out on moments like this…

Kyle's First Character Interaction
Kyle’s First Character Interaction