Here at Dole Whipped HQ, we get a lot of questions about Disney. In this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) series, we thought we’d answer some of the most common questions we get from people planning their Disney vacations.
Some the most asked questions we get are about the dining plan. More specifically, we get folks who might want to save a little money on their Disney vacation by staying offsite, however, they would like to take advantage of the dining plan.
Question: Can I get the Disney Dining Plan if I stay offsite?
Answer: No. The Disney Dining Plan is reserved strictly for guests staying at a Disney owned resort property. If you are staying outside of the Disney resort, of course you’re welcome to visit the parks and eat at all the restaurants, but you will not be able to purchase the dining plan. This also applies to the Swan and Dolphin resorts as well as Shades of Green military resort.
Dining at Disney is fraught with confusion and frustration so to make it a little easier we’re going to answer this very common question.
Question: How far in advance of my trip can I make my dining reservations?
Answer: You can make your dining reservations at 180 days before your check in date. The dining reservation system opens up at 6 am on the phone lines and 7 am on the Disney website. At that time, you are given what Disney calls 180+10. Basically that means that on day 180 before your check in date, you can make reservations for up to 10 days past that same check in date. That allows you to make the dining reservations for every single day of your vacation at one time. That saves you from having to come back on several different days to make dining reservations for the whole of your stay.
Many people wonder what entitlements come with the Disney Dining Plan.
Question: How many meals do I get with my dining plan
Answer: With the standard Disney Dining Plan, you will receive one table service credit, one quick service credit, and one snack credit per person (over age 3) per night of your stay. Yes, you read that right, per night. So, for example, if you have two adults who check in on a Monday and check out on a Friday, those two adults would have four credits of each type (table service, quick service, snack) to use during their stay.
We hope this helps clear up some confusion about the Disney Dining Plan!