Disney Planning: Meals

Good morning!  Today is a great day. It’s beautiful outside, and I get to surprise my family by coming home to visit 2 days early! (Shhhhh don’t tell!)  So I figured before I finish packing and cleaning the car (bc I don’t really feel like it) , I would post today’s Disney planning blog!

Today we are going to talk about meals and restaurants in Disney.  I’m sure it comes as no surprise that eating in the parks is expensive.  There are plenty of blogs that focus on spending the least, and let it be known that you can bring snacks and things into the park with you, HOWEVER, being that Hailey is an only child I really wanted to make the experience big.  Each time I have gone to Disney I was never able to do character dining or any other “extra magical” thing, and so I really wanted to make that a priority for her.

Disney has a few meal plans you can choose from (each comes with a refillable mug):

  1. Quick service plan – this includes 2 quick service meals for each day of your visit and 1 snack.
  2. Regular dining plan – this includes 1 table service, 1 quick service, and 1 snack for each day of your stay.
  3. Deluxe dining plan – includes 3 credits that can be used on either table service or quick service and 2 snack credits.

So what do you get ?

  • Quick service meals come with entree, non-alcoholic beverage,and dessert (except at breakfast).  Quick service meals are valued at about $18.
  • Table service meals include the same as quick service meals (unless you have a deluxe plan. The deluxe plan also includes an appetizer.) Table service meals are valued at about $37.
  • Snacks are basically anything below $5 such as bottled water, ice cream, and baked goods.

For more detailed information about what qualifies as quick service, table service, and snacks I would suggest the following links:

WDW Prepschool

2016 Dining Plan

I chose the Regular dining plan because I feel like that gives us more than enough meals in the parks.  The best way to utilize the meal plan is to spend more than the estimated value I listed above.  (The link of WDW prepschool does a good job of explaining that).  Based on this idea is how I decided which restaurants we would visit when in each park.

Magic Kingdom (we will spend 2 days in)

  • Quick Service credit at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
  • Table Service Credit at Be Our Guest (meet the Beast)
  • Quick Service credit Columbia Harbour House
  • Table Service credit Cinderella’s Table (Cinderella’s table is princess character dining. This fine dining establishment requires you to use TWO table service credits per person.  This is not the best way to use your credits, but this is where we have decided to eat for her birthday dinner.)

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Hollywood Studios

  • Quick Service credit at ABC commissary
  • Table Service credit at 50’s Prime Time Cafe

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Animal Kingdom

  • Quick service credit at Restaurantosaurus
  • Table Service credit at Rainforest Cafe (I know this is a chain, but the decor is very cool especially for young kids.)

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Epcot

  • Quick Service credit at Liberty Inn (there is no preview photo)
  • Table Service at Coral Reef
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Coral Reef

For more information about park restaurants, AND their menus simply go here.

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