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2020 Disney Dining Plan Prices & Options

2020 Disney Dining Plan Prices & Options

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Those taking a Disney vacation have the option to purchase meals plans in advance of their stay. This Disney Dining Plan can either be a budget buster or a fun way of trying new restaurants depending on your situation. If you are planning a Disney Vacation, you are probably trying to decide whether or not the 2020 Disney Dining Plan is right for your family.

Disney Dining Plan Prices & Options

There are many things you will want to take into account, like the size of your party, ages in your party, your dining habits, and length of stay when making your decision. Here is what you need to know about the 2020 Disney Dining Plan.

Quick Service Dining Plan

Cost is about $55 per adult/$26 per child per day & includes the following :

  • Two Quick Service Meals (includes one entree and one non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

Standard Dining Plan

Cost is about $78 per adult/$30 per child per day & includes the following :

  • One Table Service Meal (includes one entree, one non-alcoholic beverage, and one dessert OR one full buffet)
  • One Quick Service Meal (includes one entree and one non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

Deluxe Dining Plan

Cost is about $119 per adult/$47 per child per day & includes the following :

  • Three Meals (redeemable interchangeably at Quick Service or Table Service locations)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

Disney Dining Plan Plus (NEW for 2020)

Cost is about $95 per adult/$35 per child per day & includes the following :

  • Two Meals (redeemable interchangeably at Quick Service or Table Service locations)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

You will find that Disney has are over 100 restaurants to choose from when using the Disney Dining Plan. They can be found at resorts, at the parks and at Disney Springs.

You can make reservations for table dining in advance (which I highly recommend) or take your chances and try to get a table when you are ready to eat.

Disney has made it easy for you to pay for your meals with your MagicBands. Just allow your server to scan your band when ordering or checking out.

Most of the time, the cashier or server will ask you if you are part of the dining program when you place your order. When they do, just be sure that you are clear as to which plan you have.

The Disney MagicBands are great because they electronically monitor your party’s allocated meals. At the end of your order (or meal), you will get a meal balance on your receipt so you can keep track of what you’ve used and how many credits your have remaining.

Meal at Tepan Edo in DisneyDisney Dining Plan Facts:

  • Children pricing is based on children aged 3-9. It is expected that children order off of the Children’s Menu. Not all table service restaurants enforce this so if your kid really wants a steak and it isn’t on their menu, it is worth asking politely. Kids who like something a little special with their meal, can request a Shirley Temple which counts as their drink with their meal.
  • You can use the credits you are given in any order you would like. For example, if say you decide that one day, you do not want to do a table service meal. No worries. You won’t lose that credit. It just sits there until the end of your stay. You may choose to do 2 table service meals in one day or a character meal that takes 2 table service credits. Just be sure that you use all credits up by the end of your stay!
  • You can use the snack credits on things other than snacks. Maybe you are not a big snacker. You can use your snack credit to purchase a la carte breakfast items (like of piece fruit or muffin). You could also use it on drinks (but I’ll explain why you might not want to do this later). If you find that you have an extra quick service meal, Disney will gladly allow you to purchase snacks in place of the meal.
  • While each person in your party has their own allocated meals per day, anyone in your party can use them (but must you can’t order a child and adult meal). For instance, you may decide that you don’t want to use your snack credit, but your spouse wants two snacks. No problem!
  • Restaurants are not limited to the park. You can use your Disney Dining Meal plan at resorts, water parks and at some restaurants at Disney Springs as well.

Disney Dining FactsIs the Disney Dining Plan Worth it?

You might find that the Disney Dining plan isn’t worth the cost. These are reasons why the Disney dining plan might not be right for you:

You have small children. Small kids usually don’t eat meals like adults do. The adult meals are so large, that you can easily split one with a child.

As I mentioned in my Ways to Save Money on Disney Meals, Disney doesn’t mind you sharing a meal, just ask for an extra plate. I don’t feel your will really get your monies worth if your child is under the age of 5.

You don’t want to schedule your parks around your meals. When you get the meal plan with table service option, you will have the ability to schedule your meals at the restaurants of your choice.

I would highly recommend doing this as some restaurants will not be able to seat you if you just show up; especially character meals.

If you are more of the type that likes to go by the seat of your pants, a meal plan with table service might not work in your favor.

You are not a big eater. If you go hard-core and don’t like taking the time to sit down to eat (you’d rather have a Turkey Leg than an hour long meal at Be Our Guest), then you probably won’t get the full value of your dining plan.

Donald Duck at Tusker HouseHow to Get the Most Money out of your 2020 Disney Dining Plan

  • Choose character meals. They are always some of the most expensive dining options because you pay for the experience more than the meal.
  • Choose the most expensive meal option. Do your research by looking online at Disney Restaurant Menus to see which ones have pricier (and yummier) options. I mean, really, if you have a choice between steak and chicken, choose steak!
  • Use snack credits on special Disney treats you won’t get anywhere else (like a Mickey Ice Cream Bar or Candy Apple). Each snack credit is good for only certain items (that are marked with the snack symbol). Typically the snack credit maxes out around $4. Don’t waste them on things like soda or water bottles. Would you pay $4 for a water bottle anywhere else? Didn’t think so.

What are your thoughts or questions about the Disney Dining Plan?

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Kathy

Thursday 27th of February 2014

We went to WDW two years ago. One great tip we got was that it doesn't matter what meal (adult or child) you order for Quick Service. They were deducted the same from the dinning plan. We had the standard dinning plan. Therefore we would order one adult chicken tenders, and both kids could eat them. Is that still true?

Kristi

Sunday 2nd of March 2014

You can use your dining credits any way you choose. We have also ordered one adult meal for the kids to split or my daughter and I actually have split one quick service meal. When you use 2 table services for a character meal, you have to get creative on how to make up for that one lost credit. lol.

Liz

Thursday 27th of February 2014

We ordered adult meals for our kids at quick serve places in November 2013

Renee Keough

Sunday 5th of January 2014

When do they typically announce when the free dining will be offered? If you book before the offer becomes available, will they credit back your money?

Liz

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

In 2013, free dining offer was released in August. They will refund your money back if there isn't a balanced owed. :)

Melinda

Friday 3rd of January 2014

Wondering if the free dining plan is historically offered between 10/25 and 11/1? I know it was offered in 2012, but was it in 2013? That's when we're going in 2014. Also, if we are staying at the Art of Animation in the Nemo Family Suites, can we get free dining, or pay to upgrade from the Quick Service Dining Plan to the Dining Plan? Thanks!

Kristi

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

Yes. What usually happens is that they will release a few weeks at a time and keep adding as time goes on. Historically, Art of Animation isn't included in the Free Dining package promotions. You can always purchase a dining plan, although I'm sure you don't want to have to do that.

Liz

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

Last year, we stayed at AoA and could not get free dining at that resort. :( Hopefully for you, they will change that this year!

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