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by Pixie Dusted Diva

img_9054You’ve read all about the Disney Dining Plan here at Tips from the Disney Divas and Devos and you may have watched my videos on our Youtube Channel or Facebook page when I am live on vacation, as my family and I are huge Disney Dining Plan lovers! I explained what works for my family here. Now each year Disney makes changes and tweaks the Dining Plan. I’ll explain some parts of the Dining Plan as well as what to expect for changes for 2017.

Keep in mind, to be eligible to book one of Disney’s Dining Plans you must be staying on-property, which makes this a huge perk of staying on property and deciding where to stay during your Disney World vacation. You must also book a Magic Your Way vacation package, which includes your room, tickets and dining package. However, if you are an Annual Passholder, you are able to book the Annual Passholder rate plus dining. If you are a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owner, you are also able to add the dining plan on to your points reservation.img_5558

The biggest change I see for 2017, besides a slight price increase is the dessert (or extra side) missing from the quick service meal regardless of which plan you are on.
For 2016, Disney changed the dining plan allowing guests more flexibility with their meal choices by allowing you to order two drinks or two snacks instead of being locked in to a drink, entrée and dessert for quick service locations.
For 2017, you are now entitled to one entrée and one nonalcoholic beverage. Since you are losing a dessert at the quick service meal, you are gaining an extra snack for the day. If you really wanted dessert at a particular restaurant you could order it still and use a snack entitlement. Honestly though, most quick service restaurant had chocolate cake or seasonal cobbler, and how many of those can you have on your vacation especially if you are on the Quick Service Dining Plan.
I am still hoping that Disney will allow flexibility with the nonalcoholic beverage. For example, if we were eating at our resort and had our refillable mugs with us we would not need another beverage. On our last trip we were able to get another side or dessert in place of the beverage, anything that was considered a snack on the dining plan. Hopefully, this is still the case in 2017.

For 2017 the Quick Service Dining Plan will include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night for the length of your resort reservation:

img_5476-Two Quick Service Meals (one entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage)
-Two Snacks
-One Refillable Resort Mug
The Standard Dining Plan will include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night for the length of your resort reservation:

-One Table Service Meal (one entrée, one nonlcoholic beverage and one dessert OR one full buffet)
-One Quick Service Meals (one entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage)
-Two Snacks
-One Refillable Resort Mug

The Deluxe Dining Plan will include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night for the length of your resort reservation:

-Three Meals (Quick Service or Table Service)
-Two Snacks
-One Refillable Resort Mug

A few of my own personal tips when using the Disney Dining Plan:
img_8923-Use your credits wisely, if you are trying to make the most of your money book your reservations accordingly. Dinners are more expensive then breakfast or lunch and character meals are more expensive then non-character meals.

-Book advance dining reservations for each of your table service credits. Although they aren’t required, they are strongly recommended. Nothing would be worse than having a credit to use and nowhere to eat.

-Keep track of your credits!! Each and every time you use your plan the total remaining will print at the bottom of the receipt. Do not wait until the end of your vacation to use up all your snack credits! Epcot is a great place to snack around the world especially during the Flower and Garden Festival or the Food and Wine Festival.

-Your snack credits can be meals! If you aren’t a big breakfast eater, you can use your snack credit for a bagel or muffin at your hotel and that can be your meal. We never use our snack credits on smaller value items or bottles of water; we save them for larger snacks that fill us up! Just look for the Dining Plan logo on the menu and it will show you what qualifies as a snack.

-One quick service meal equals three snacks. Find yourself at a location where you would prefer three snacks over a meal? You can convert! It has to be done at one location at the same time, but it can be done. One large Starbucks coffee and two cupcakes coming right up!

img_8596-Water is FREE! At any location which serves fountain soda you can ask for a cup of ice water for FREE! Take it to the next level by bringing along some packets of flavoring and you’ve got your own drink for FREE!

At the time this article was written the information provided was the most up to date. However, Disney does make changes to their Dining Plans as needed. Visit our blog frequently to stay up to date on the latest Disney news and tips!

Need help planning your Disney vacation and booking the Disney Dining Plan? Contact our Military Diva, Patricia with All for Dreams Travel, today for a free vacation quote!


Hello Everyone! I'm PIxied Dusted Diva! I'm the proud owner of this blog with an awesome team of writers who love Disney, as you can see from their writing. I'm a Mom to three Princesses and a Prince. They've been to Walt Disney World more times than their combined age! Since our lives are busy at home, Disney is our family getaway and you will always find me planning a Disney vacation!