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UPDATED! Everything We Know About The 2024 Disney Dining Plan

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The Disney Dining Plan has finally returned to Walt Disney World! Is Free Dining at close behind? We have news! Foodies and vacationers who love eating are excited about finally returning to this well-loved program. Here’s everything we know about the 2024 Disney Dining Plan, including the price and if free dining at Disney is coming back. If you need help planning a Disney World vacation, I’m a runDisney and Disney tips expert so you’ve come to the right place.

What Is The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) And Why Did I Miss It?

Food, food and MORE FOOD is my simple reason.

And a feeling of not being ‘nickel and dimed’ at the parks is another.

The Disney Dining Plan is a pre-paid meal program that allows you to budget your snacks and meals upfront. You choose from one of 2 meal plan options that may work best for your family and pay for the plan 30 days before you check into the resort.

Most of your meals will be paid for when you arrive at your Walt Disney World Resort.

How it works: When you order at a quick service location or finish your meal at a table service location, you swipe the MagicBand+ or your room card to “pay” for the meal.

It’s Magical!

Don’t forget to leave a tip at table service locations!

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2024 DDP Availability

The Disney Dining Plan was one of the biggest pandemic-era losses for Walt Disney World parkgoers.

This program was sunset when the parks closed in March 2020 and hadn’t returned for almost 4 long years.

All that changed in 2024, however! And I couldn’t be happier, personally, for this return.

The 2024 Disney Dining Plan will be available for vacation packages starting January 9, 2024.

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE DISNEY DINING PLAN

When Can You Book Packages With Free Dining?

Mark your calendars if you are ready to head to Disney World this year with a free dining option!

That’s right, I said Free and you don’t get many free things at Disney.

I have great news if you have a Disney Visa and are ready to enjoy free dining.

Beginning April 9, 2024, Disney Visa Cardmembers can get a free dining plan for select arrival dates in July, September, and December when they book a non-discounted 4-night, 4-day or longer Walt Disney Travel Company Package with Park Hopper option.

Here are the details for this latest offer:

Packages include

  • Room
  • Theme park ticket(s) with a Park Hopper option
  • A dining plan

Free dining is available for the following dates if you book using a Disney Visa card

  • July 1 to July 31, 2024
  • September 1 to September 7, 2024
  • December 9 to December 21, 2024
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The full Disney Dining Plan (table service option) will be free for stays at the following resorts:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The Quick Service Dining Plan will be available for stays at these resorts:

  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Please email noguilttravel @ gmail.com if you’d like a quote for this offer.

2024 Disney Dining Plan Packages

Disney has announced two options for the 2024 Disney Dining Plan.

You can add the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan to your 2024 package. You cannot add the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at this time.

Here’s what we know will be offered with each package, including the pricing.

2024 disney dining plan details.

What Is Offered In The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan (2024)?

The 2024 Quick Service Disney Dining Plan included the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

  • Two Quick Service meals (entrée or combo meal at lunch and dinner and a beverage)
  • Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages— i.e. Artisanal Milk Shakes, Fresh Smoothies, Premium Hot Chocolates, or Soda, Coffee or Tea — where offered
  • Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
  • One snack or non-alcoholic beverage Per Night of Stay
  • One Resort refillable drink mug per person, per package
  • Guests ages 3 to 9 must order from a children’s menu, where available
  • Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay and for the entire party (ages 3 and up).
  • Meals are nontransferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of checkout.
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Two Quick-Service Meal Credits Will Be Used For Some Locations

Some meals will cost 2 quick service credits. Two quick service meals will be redeemed from the dining
plan for each person dining at:

  • Pizza Pickup which includes:
  • 1 Large Pizza
  • 2 Single-serving Nonalcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older)
  • Valid at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports
    Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century
    Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort –
    Riverside

What Is Offered In The Disney Dining Plan (2024)?

The 2024 Standard Disney Dining Plan included the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

  • One table service entrée, dessert (lunch and dinner only), OR full buffet
  • One quick service meal, including entrée OR combo meal
  • Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage with their Quick Service and Table Service meal (including specialty beverages — i.e. Artisanal Milk Shakes, Fresh Smoothies, Premium Hot Chocolates, or Soda, Coffee or Tea — where offered).
  • Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
  • One snack or non-alcoholic beverage
  • One Resort refillable drink mug per person, per package
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Two Table-Service Meal Credits Will Be Used For Some Locations

Some meals will cost 2 table service credits. Two table service meals will be redeemed from the dining plan for each person dining at:

  • Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (at lunch and dinner only)
  • Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
  • Dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Fine/Signature Dining Restaurants
  • Dinner Shows (Hoop Dee Doo Review for example)
  • Private In-Room Dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
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Dining at Cinderella Royal Table will cost 2 table credits in 2024.

Two Quick-Service Meal Credits Will Be Used For Some Locations

Some meals will cost 2 quick service credits. Two quick service meals will be redeemed from the dining plan for each person dining at:

  • Pizza Pickup which includes:
  • 1 Large Pizza
  • 2 Single-serving Nonalcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older)
  • Valid at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Sports
    Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century
    Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort –
    Riverside

Don’t Forget To Tip When Using The Disney Dining Plan!

Gratuities are not included except when you use them for the dinner shows and at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

So bring your credit card, linked magic band, or cash to any table service meal so you can pay the gratuity at the end.

A couple of notes to the Disney Gratuity Policy:

  • An 18% gratuity will automatically be added to your bill for parties of 6 or more.
  • An automatic gratuity charge may also be added to your bill for certain items you order that are not included in the Disney Dining Plan.

Additional Charges To Note

Certain select menu items require payment of an additional amount in addition to redeeming the number of meals required at the location.

For example, the Disney Dining Plan Laupu Lapu does NOT come in a pineapple. It comes like this:

If you want the pineapple-filled version of this boozy drink- and trust me, you DO! – be sure to mention it at the time of ordering.

However, this will incur an additional upcharge if you use the Disney Dining Plan.

But sometimes the experience and the photos are worth it, amirite?

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Kids Under 3 On The Disney Dining Plan

Dining plans are not offered for kids under 3, but they may share from an adult plate at no extra charge or an additional meal may be purchased from the menu.

The price of the meal will be added to your bill.

What Can You Use The Snack Credit For?

The good news is that you can use the snack credit for many things!

We have a full list of Disney Dining Plan snack credit options to check out.

And yes, the Mickey Bar is absolutely on that list!

snack credits can be used on the disney dining plan for mickey bars, popcorn, and water bottles.

How Much Does The 2024 Disney Dining Plan Cost?

How much will the 2024 Disney Dining Plan cost? Here’s the 2024 pricing:

Quick-Service Plan – 2024
Adult $57 per night ages 10 and up
Child $23.83 per night age 3 to 9

Disney Dining Plan – 2024
Adult $94.28 per night ages 10 and up
Child $29.69 per night age 3 to 9

If you take advantage of the free dining promo, you can save quite a bit on your vacation!

The numbers below are from 2020 and offered for historical context.

Quick Service Dining Plan- 2020 Cost
$55 per night ages 10 and up
$26 per night age 3 to 9
This cost is added to the resort package.

Standard Disney Dining Plan- 2020 Cost
$78.01 per night ages 10 and up
$30.51 per night age 3 to 9
This cost is added to the resort package.

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How To Track Your Disney Dining Plan Credits

Your dining plan usage is linked to your Disney Resort Reservation.

You can keep track of the meals and snack credits remaining in the following ways:

  • View your remaining meals and snacks in the My Disney Experience app.
  • Check your dining receipts. The remaining meals and snacks are printed on them.
  • Ask your Resort Concierge or Guest Relations to obtain them at any time.”

Just like Cinderella: watch the expiration clock to hit midnight on the day you check out!

Unused meals and snacks will roll over daily and expire at midnight on the day of checkout.

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Is The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) Worth It?

That really depends on how you and your family eat.

If you are a big eater, either plan will certainly fuel your family for full park days! I can’t overstate this: the Disney Dining Plan comes with a lot of food for each person at Disney World.

A lot of food, yall!

With that in mind, this may not be the best option for you if you are a family that shares a meal between kids or adults. Paying out of pocket may ultimately be a less expensive option.

Dollar per dollar, we don’t think it’s a considerable cost saving for most families. At least in the past for our family, that was not the case.

But there are ways to maximize your meals that could bring you out ahead (order the steak, for example vs a pasta entree).

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One exception comes with some Character meals; using the DDP may save a bit in certain instances.

But some character meals take 2 DDP credits, which may not feel worth it.

The Disney Dining Plan is worth it for some families because of its “set it and forget it” approach. There’s no bickering about cost when it comes to ordering meals.

You feel like the “Yes” mom and dad because you know the price has already been accounted for. And I cannot stress this enough as an expert Disney travel planner: this is the BEST feeling you can get at Disney!

There’s no additional stress when you see the hefty bill at the end of your dinner, which I think helps with digestion (I kid- kinda).

Watch the Round-Up Rodeo BBQ Dining Review to see if the newest Disney World restaurant is possibly worth your DDP!

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Christine

Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Yay how exciting! This is super helpful! Thank you! I just was confused but I think maybe the second section header (What Is Offered In The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan) is the option for the regular dining plan not quick service, correct?

Patty Holliday

Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Oopps! Yes, you are correct! I changed the heading- thank you for pointing that out.