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The Disney Dining Plan is a prepaid meal package that guests staying at Walt Disney World hotels can purchase in order to receive discounts up to 30% on food in the complex.[1] It was first introduced in 2005 and has developed in complexity over time, such that there are now many different forms of the plan.[2] The Disney Dining Plan allows guests to eat at park restaurants without needing to have cash on their persons.[3] The plan does not include alcoholic beverages or gratuities.[4] More than 100 Walt Disney World restaurants accept the plan.[5] The plan is particularly cost-effective for families who intend to eat many meals at sit-down restaurants or character dining restaurants.[6] The plan has been criticized for various reasons including that servers are sometimes insufficiently knowledgeable about which food items are considered meals and which are considered snacks.[7] The introduction of the Disney Dining Plan resulted in more parents bringing their children to Walt Disney World's most expensive restaurants, which Kim Wiley and Leigh Jenkins write in their book Walt Disney World with Kids 2013 "is indirectly taking a little of the adult feel and glamour out of these top restaurants."[8] In the book Mousejunkies!, Bill Burke complains that the Disney Dining Plan has restricted the restaurants' menus.[9] Annie Oeth of The Clarion-Ledger argues that the Disney Dining Plan is a poor choice for families with picky eaters.[10]


  1. Gindin (2009), p. 15.
  2. Miller (2011), p. 102.
  3. Bradshaw et. al. (2012), p. 87.
  4. Veness & Veness (2012), p. 44.
  5. Mauney, Matt (May 8, 2014). "Disney World Resorts Offering Free Dining Plan", Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved on April 1, 2015. 
  6. Huth, Kelly (May 11, 2014). "Money-Saving Tips, Booking Advice from a Disney World Vacation Planner", The Express-Times. Retrieved on April 1, 2015. 
  7. Sehlinger & Testa (2014), p. 129.
  8. Wiley & Jenkins (2012), p. xvi.
  9. Burke (2011), p. 4.
  10. Oeth, Annie (January 3, 2015). "Disney World: How to Plan Your Trip", The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved on April 1, 2015. 


  • Bradshaw, Kate (2012). Fodor's 2013 Walt Disney World: With Universal, Seaworld, and the Best of Central Florida. Fodor's. ISBN 0307929442. 

  • Burke, Bill (2011). Mousejunkies!: More Tips, Tales, and Tricks for a Disney World Fix. Travelers' Tales. ISBN 160952022X. 

  • Gindin, Rona (2009). Little Black Book of Disney. Peter Pauper Press. ISBN 1441305130. 

  • Miller, Laura Lea (2011). Frommer's Walt Disney World and Orlando 2012, 13, John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1118168046. 

  • Sehlinger, Bob (2014). The Unofficial Guide: The Color Companion to Walt Disney World. Unofficial Guides. ISBN 1628090286. 

  • Veness, Susan (2012). The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner: A Complete Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for Your Unforgettable Vacation. F+W. ISBN 1440528101. 

  • Wiley, Kim Wright (2012). Walt Disney World with Kids 2013: With Universal Orlando, Seaworld and Aquatica. Fodor's. ISBN 0307929221. 

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