Disney Dining 2012

Last year I discussed the way meal plans work at Disney World to help you choose a meal plan for your next Disney vacation. Each year the dining plan changes so I wanted to pass along the updates on the dining plan and even more ways you can save on Disney dining. Don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom to see how you can qualify for free dining in your next Disney stay.

The Info

The Disney Dining Plan is only available to guests staying on-site at a Disney hotel with at least one day in the parks. When you book your trip, you’ll want to make sure to choose to add one of the dining plan options (see below) onto your package. You can dine at any of the 100+ participating restaurants on the plan just by giving the cashier your Key to the World card with your dining plan info loaded on it. From the time you check in till midnight on the day you check out you can keep using your card until you’ve used up all your meal options.

Four Cheese Pizza

The food in the park is very good. You can follow a guide to the food at Disney or try some of my favorites.

The Plans

Dessert Menu
Using those three types of meal options, Disney has created 3 different dining plans so everyone can get the meal plan that’s right for them.

Quick Service Dining Plan

The Quick Service Dining Plan (QSDDP) entitles each guest to receive 2 Quick Service or Quick/Counter Service (CS) credits and 1 Snack credit per nights stay. This plan also includes one Resort Refillable Mug per person good for unlimited refills of beverages at resorts only for the length of stay. Beverages usually include soft drinks, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

EXAMPLE: Sunday to Saturday stay (6 nights) allots 12 CS and 6 Snack credits per guest age 3 and over.

disney quick service dining plan

Disney Dining Plan

The regular Disney Dining Plan (DDP) entitles each guest to receive 1 Table Service (TS) credit, 1 Counter Service (CS) credit and 1 Snack credit per night’s stay. This plan also includes one Resort Refillable Mug per person good for unlimited refills of beverages at resorts only for the length of stay. Beverages usually include soft drinks, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

EXAMPLE: Sunday to Saturday stay (6 nights) allots 6 TS, 6 CS and 6 Snack credits per guest age 3 and over.

disney quick service dining plan

disney table service dining plan

Deluxe Disney Dining Plan

The Deluxe Disney Dining Plan (DXDP) entitles each guest to receive 3 meal credits and 2 snack credits per night’s stay. Deluxe meal credits can be used for either table service or counter service. This plan also includes one Resort Refillable Mug per person good for unlimited refills of beverages at resorts only for the length of stay. Beverages usually include soft drinks, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

EXAMPLE: Sunday to Saturday stay (6 nights) allots 18 meal credits and 12 snack credits per guest age 3 and over.

disney quick service dining plan

disney deluxe dining plan

Just because you are allotted 2 or 3 meals of one type per day doesn’t mean you have to use them the same day. On my trip, some days I ate 1 TS and 1 CS meals, other days I ate 2 CS meals, and other days I ate 2 TS meals. Find whatever works for you. All the links above include a full list of participating restaurants on Disney properties. You’ll find that most restaurants are included so you won’t be struggling to find a place that fits your appetites.

Another great way to use up your meals with the Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan is through Signature Restaurants. These restaurants are more upscale and require the use of 2 table service credits on the DDP or just 2 meals of your choice on the DXDP. The DDP’s meals at Signature Restaurants include an entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage while those on the DXDP will also receive an appetizer. Check your plan for a full list of signature restaurants (or here) but know that most locations are likely to be signature for dinner only so you can try a restaurant at lunch without using all your credits.

Pricing

  • On the Quick Service Dining Plan Adults (Ages 10+) are $34.99 per day and Children (Ages 3-9) are $11.99 per day.
  • On the Disney Dining Plan Adults (Ages 10+) are $51.54 per day (regular season) or $53.54 per day (peak season) and Children (Ages 3-9) are $15.02 per day (regular season) or $16.02 per day (peak season).
  • On the Deluxe Dining Plan Adults (Ages 10+) are $85.52 per day (regular season) or $89.52 per day (peak season) and Children (Ages 3-9) are $23.79 per day (regular season) or $25.79 per day (peak season).
  • Peak Seasons: 2/16/12 – 2/25/12, 3/09/12 – 4/14/12, 6/1/12 – 8/4/12, 12/21/12 – 12/31/12
Children under 3 can’t join a dining plan but may eat off a parent’s plate or bring in outside food to meet their needs.
While children 3-9 are cheaper than adults, they must order off a very limited menu. If you have a child who eats like an adult but is younger than 10, Disney will allow them to upgrade to the adult meal plan but you’ll also have to pay adult ticket prices to the park. A better way might be to supplement their food through outside food or snack credits.

Free Dining

Some years Disney offers free dining when you book a regularly-priced room and 2012 is one of those years. You’ll need to check in no earlier than August 25, 2012 and you must check in before September 29, 2012 and the free dining will extend the length of your stay. You’ll need to book 3 nights minimum (and a 2-day park ticket) and can book a maximum of 14 days in your stay.

If you stay at a value resort (All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, All-Star Movies, Pop Century, Art of Animation) you’ll receive a free Quick Service Dining Plan for each member of your party. You can upgrade to the Disney Dining Plan by paying the difference in price ($16.55 a day for adults, $3.03 a day for children) If you stay at a moderate or deluxe resort, you’ll receive a free Disney Dining plan for each member of your party. If you want to book a Deluxe Dining Plan you’ll only need to pay the difference ($33.98 a day for adults, $8.77 a day for children).

Book by May 18, 2012 to qualify.

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