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A Beginners Guide to Disney Dining Packages | What is Disney Dining?

A Beginner’s Guide to Disney Dining

Who’s heard of the Disney Dining Packages?
Well, this past November, my mom and I got to take our first girl’s trip
together…ever…all alone…without the boys 😲.
It was amazing!
We had a great time bonding and exploring Disney World. We even got to try some new things along the way!
As complete dining package newbs, we had a lot to learn! In this post, I’m going to share a little bit of that learning experience with you!  
Keep reading to find out how we navigated through Disney’s Dining Experience. Oh and don’t forget to check back a little later to see exactly how we used our dining credits.

What are Disney Dining Packages?

Disney World offers three different Dining Packages – the Quick Service Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan, and the Deluxe Dining Plan. These dining packages can be purchased with your resort stay. The dining plans are for guests 3 years old and older and include meals and snacks for each night of your stay.

What’s included in the dining packages?

Each dining package is a little different, but here’s a basic breakdown of what they include:

  • Minnie Mouse Cupcake at All Star Sports



    1 refillable mug (to be refilled at your resort)

  • Meal credits include 1 beverage and either non-alcoholic or alcoholic. Non-alcoholic drinks may also include specialty drinks including milkshakes, smoothies, coffees (yay, Starbucks!) etc.
  • 2 snack credits  

For our trip, we decided to go with the Disney Dining Plan. That way we could try both Quick Service locations and Table Service Locations.

Let me tell you, I have never been so full in my whole life – It was soooo much food!

Anywho, here’s a brief description of each dining plan that Disney World offers:

Quick Service Dining Plan

Along with your refillable Mug and 2 snack credits guests also receive 2 quick service meals with the Quick Service Dining Plan. 

Each quick service meal includes 1 beverage (alcoholic or non) and 1 entree. As I mentioned before, this also includes certain specialty drinks including milkshakes, smoothies, etc. 

For a more comprehensive list of what the Quick Service Dining Plan click here.

Disney World Snack Credit Icon

Snack Credits

Snacks can include a wide variety of items within the parks and resorts – from cupcakes, chips, popcorn to Starbucks coffees and milkshakes.

To figure out what’s a considered a snack item, look for the Snack Credit Icon. This icon can be found on most quick services menus and outdoor carts. It’s also listed at select merchandise locations within the parks and resorts.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right? I wonder if lemons are considered a snack credit?

FYI: 3 Snack Credits equal 1 Quick Service Meal credit at Quick Service locations.

Next up, the Disney Dining Plan.

Disney Dining Plan

Are you looking for a quick lunch or supper, but also want to check out some character dining experiences? The Disney Dining Plan is probably the right choice for you.

With the Disney Dining Plan, in addition to your refillable Mug and 2 snack credits guests also receive 1 Quick Service Meal and 1 Table Service Meal.

   Table Service Dining

Table service dining has a little more to offer than quick service dining. What’s included in the table service experience depends on the restaurant.

Table Service Breakfasts can include either 1 entree and beverage (alcoholic or non) or 1 full buffet or family style meal. 

Table Service Lunch or Dinner can include 1 entree, 1 dessert, and 1 beverage (alcoholic or non) or 1 full buffet or family style meal.

For a more comprehensive description of the Disney Dining Plan, click here.

Deluxe Dining Plan

Finally, the Deluxe Dining Plan is the most comprehensive dining plan that Disney World offers.

It allows a refillable mug, 2 snacks credits, and 3 meals a day.
Meal credits can be redeemed at either quick service locations or table service locations.

   Table Service Deluxe

The Deluxe Dining Plan table service breakfast includes 1 entree and beverage (alcoholic or non) or 1 full buffet or family style meal.  

Then table service lunch and dinner includes 1 appetizer, 1 entree, 1 dessert, and 1 beverage (alcoholic or non) or 1 full buffet or family style meal.

For a more comprehensive description of the Deluxe Dining Plan, click here.

Disney Dining Facts

Here’s a few facts that might be helpful when making your dining selection.

  • If you don’t know, ask a cast member.

    I can’t tell you how many times we had to ask a cast member to explain the system to us 😂. Luckily, they’re awesome and if they don’t know the answer they’ll find someone who does. Don’t be afraid to ask.

  • Dining and snack credits rollover during your trip.

    Don’t worry about trying to use all your credits for the day, they rollover. You might even have too many snack credits left at the end of your trip. Don’t worry, you can use them at your resort shop or one of the shops in the park to stock up for the ride home.

  • You can keep track of your credits.

    There are a few different ways to keep track of your dining credits.
    First is the  My Disney Experience App. On the app, there is a section under Dining that lists your used and available credits. 
    Another way to track of your credits is through your receipts. At the bottom of each restaurant receipt, your credits will be listed.
    The last way to track your credits is through guest services. The front desk at your resort is always happy to help. All you have to do is request a copy of your dining credits and they’ll print off a copy for you.


  • Turn snack credits into Quick Service Meals.

    If you have enough snack credits, but not enough meal credits, you can always use your snacks as a meal credit. 3 snack credits equal 1 Quick Service Meal.


  • Not all locations are created equal.

    Some restaurants require 2 or 3 dining credits. Always double check your locations before making reservations.


  • Some quick service restaurants also include a dessert with your meal.

    As I mentioned before, if you’re not sure what’s included with your dining credits, ask a cast member =)


  • Reservations may be required.

    For many of Disney’s dining experiences you will need reservations. Reservations can be made 180 days prior to your first day of travel.


Thank you for reading! For a full list of Disney restaurants that take part in the Disney Dining Packages, click here.

Happy eating, everyone!

Did you know that I can book your stress free Disney vacation and plan out your dining experiences for you?
Contact me today for your free quote =) 


Wanna know how we used our credits for our girls trip? Check back real soon for my Eat and Be Merry post.


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(2) Comments

  1. Sarah Shapley

    Thanks for the info! Can’t wait for the next post! Any chance you could tell me which quick service meals include dessert? 😉

    1. Jessie

      You’re welcome! I hope it helps!
      Honestly, I can’t remember but it seems like Be Our Guest was one of them…of course, I might have just splurged and used one of my snack credits lol
      I LOVE their desserts!

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