Complete guide to Disney Dining Plan (w/best credits for 2018)

Want to get a Disney Dining Plan but not sure the best way to use your credits? Or not sure if you should get the dining plan?

Having a good idea of the costs and how to maximize credits should help you figure all of that out.

Let's take a look at the details of the DDP and see how to get the most out of it for 2018.

What is the Disney Dining Plan?

The Disney Dining Plan (DDP) is an optional add-on that people staying in an on-site Disney World resort can get by booking one of these things:

  • A vacation package (that includes a room and tickets) online or by calling Disney
  • A room-only reservation by calling Disney or have your agent add it
  • A DVC reservation

When you buy a Disney Dining Plan (DDP), you are pre-paying for your food and then using credits to get meals during your trip.

Reasons for getting the Disney Dining Plan

There are a few different reasons that people might choose to get the DDP.

To make trips feel all-inclusive

This is why our family likes using the Dining Plan on our Disney World trips. When your food is pre-paid, it can make your trip more fun when ordering isn't about checking prices so closely and worrying about the tab.

Sometimes it's free

Disney sometimes offers the Free Dining promotion which allows guests to get the Disney Dining Plan for free. If you book a trip using the Free Dining promotion, you give up the ability to use other promotions. People staying in Deluxe Resorts are often better off using a room discount than Free Dining.

To save money

If you play your cards right, you can actually save money on food by purchasing the Disney Dining Plan, and then eat meals that would have cost more than the dining plan. This is getting more difficult do and takes some planning. That's what the info below will help you do.

2018 Disney Dining Plan cost

Chart of prices

There are 3 main versions of the Disney Dining Plan that most people purchase.

All of these plans include 1 refillable mug per person which can be refilled at any resort, but not in the parks.

Name QS credits TS credits Snack credits 2018 price for ages 10+ 2018 price for ages 3-9
Quick-Service Dining Plan 2 0 2 $52.50 $21.75
Regular Dining Plan 1 1 2 $75.49 $25.75
Deluxe Dining Plan 3 credits to be used for either QS or TS 2 $116.25 $39.99

You get the credits listed above for each night of your trip. All of the credits are loaded to your account at once and can be used however you'd like during your trip (you could use 6 credits 1 day, 2 the following day, etc.). You can also use your credits to pay for anybody's meals - even if they aren't on the DDP - as long as they are on your check.

Gratuity is not included in the costs above (except at dinner shows and Cinderella's Royal Table), so factor that in when deciding if the Disney Dining Plan or specific restaurants make sense for you.

What about kids under age 3?

Guest ages 2 and under don't require park tickets, and they don't require a dining plan either. At buffets, kids under 3 can have their own plate. At all other locations, they can eat off of your plate.

Some people want to buy the Disney Dining Plan for their little ones, but if you booked a vacation package that includes room and tickets, adding a dining plan for your little one requires that you also buy them park tickets so that's not generally a good idea. If you want your toddler to have their own meals, you'd be better off just paying out-of-pocket for them.

What does a credit include?

Quick Service credits

A Quick Service credit includes an entree and a drink from a Quick Service restaurant. New for 2018! This includes alcoholic drinks where they are available. Side note: dessert stopped being included in 2017.

These credits aren't separated into child or adult categories so you can get adult meals for your child. You can also use 1 Quick Service credit to purchase 3 DDP-eligible snacks, as long as they're done all in the same transaction.

Most Quick Service restaurants (except for Be Our Guest breakfast and lunch services) do not require Advanced Dining Reservations and function like most fast-food restaurants.

Table Service credits

Table Service credits include a drink, entree and dessert from a Table Service restaurant (except at breakfast which doesn't include dessert). New for 2018! This includes alcoholic drinks where they are available.

Most Table Service restaurants usually require advanced dining reservations. Advanced Dining Reservations for Table Service restaurants can be made starting at 180 days out from the date of your trip.

Note: people using the Deluxe Dining Plan also get an appetizer with their Table Service credits.

Snack credits

Snack credits can be used for many things including bottled water, ice cream and bakery items. You'll see the DDP icon next to these items on menus throughout Disney World.

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Disney Dining Plan credit values

General advice for maximizing credits

Roughly speaking:

  • Quick Service credits are worth about $18
  • Table Service credits are worth about $41
  • Snack credits are worth about $5

That means to break even on the Disney Dining Plan, you'll need to choose food that costs at least that amount.

There are huge lists below detailing every Table Service and Quick Service restaurant and the value of a credit at those locations. You can plan according to those lists and/or keep these general things in mind when maximizing credits:

  • Character meals and dining packages are generally a great use of a credit.
  • Signature Restaurants are almost never the best way to maximize a credit since they require 2 Table Service credits per meal but don't cost twice as much if you were paying out-of-pocket.
  • Go for the steak, lobster, shakes, alcohol, and orange juice. Those are often the most expensive options so take advantage when they're on the menu.
  • Don't choose breakfast when trying to maximize most DDP credits since it is usually much less expensive than lunch or dinner.

2018 Table Service Disney Dining Plan Credit Values

A couple of notes about the data below:
* includes gratuity so that has been factored into the value of a credit
** these dining packages also come with an appetizer which has been included in the value of a credit

On the Deluxe Dining Plan? Add the cost of an appetizer to the value of each credit.

Restaurant Location Char. meal? # of credits per meal Avg value of 1 credit Max value of 1 credit
Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch and dinner) - includes full buffet plus VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS Yes 1 $59.00 $59.00
Tony's Town Square - Festival of Fantasy Dining Package (lunch)** MK 1 $58.50 $58.50
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (dinner) EP Yes 1 $52.00 $64.00
Tusker House Rivers of Light Dining Package (lunch & dinner) AK Yes 1 $52.00 $52.00
Chef Mickey’s (dinner) Resort (Cont.) Yes 1 $50.00 $62.00
Hollywood and Vine Minnie's Seasonal Dining (dinner) HS Yes 1 $50.00 $62.00
Cape May Cafe (dinner) Resort (BC) 1 $49.00 $61.00
1900 Park Fare (dinner) Resort (GF) Yes 1 $47.00 $59.00
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (lunch) EP Yes 1 $47.00 $59.00
Tiffins Rivers of Light Dining Package (dinner)** AK 2 $46.65 $46.50
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast) EP Yes 1 $46.00 $58.00
Cinderella’s Royal Table (lunch and dinner)* MK Yes 2 $45.43 $45.43
Boma Flavors of Africa (dinner) Resort (AKL) 1 $45.00 $57.00
Hollywood and Vine (lunch) HS Yes 1 $45.00 $57.00
Boatwright’s Dining Hall (dinner) Resort (POR) 1 $44.29 $56.00
Crystal Palace (lunch and dinner) MK Yes 1 $43.00 $43.00
Garden Grill (lunch and dinner) EP Yes 1 $43.00 $55.00
Tusker House (lunch and dinner) AK Yes 1 $43.00 $55.00
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch/dinner) - includes entree, dessert, beverage and a VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS 1 $42.00 $42.00
Ohana (dinner) Resort (Poly) 1 $42.00 $54.00
California Grill (brunch) Resort (Cont.) 2 $41.65 $46.00
Tiffins Rivers of Light Dining Package (lunch)** AK 2 $41.15 $38.00
Chef Mickey’s (brunch) Resort (Cont.) Yes 1 $41.00 $53.00
Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Dining Package (breakfast) - includes full buffet plus VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS 1 $41.00 $41.00
Coral Reef (dinner) EP 1 $40.29 $55.50
Coral Reef (lunch) EP 1 $40.29 $55.50
Biergarten (dinner) EP 1 $40.00 $52.00
Chef Mickey’s (breakfast) Resort (Cont.) Yes 1 $40.00 $52.00
Tutto Italia Ristorante (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $40.00 $61.00
Teppan Edo Restaurant (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $39.90 $55.50
Chefs de France (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $39.03 $57.74
Tusker House Rivers of Light Dining Package (breakfast) AK 1 $39.00 $39.00
Spirit of Aloha (dinner show)* Resort (Poly) 2 $38.94 $38.94
Spice Road (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $38.23 $55.98
Cape May Cafe (breakfast) Resort (BC) Yes 1 $38.00 $50.00
Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (dinner show)* Resort (Ft. Wild.) 2 $37.76 $39.26
La Hacienda de San Angel (dinner) EP 1 $37.74 $51.95
Bongos Cuban Cafe (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $37.29 $69.00
Turf Club Bar and Grill (dinner) Resort (SSR) 1 $37.29 $56.00
Restaurant Marrakesh (dinner) EP 1 $37.23 $49.94
1900 Park Fare (brunch) Resort (GF) Yes 1 $37.00 $49.00
San Angel Inn Restaurante (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $36.79 $54.00
Cinderella’s Royal Table (breakfast)* MK Yes 2 $36.58 $36.58
Be Our Guest (dinner) MK 1 $36.29 $53.00
Kona Cafe (lunch and dinner) Resort (Poly) 1 $36.29 $55.00
Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner) Resort (WL) 1 $36.29 $56.00
Ale and Compass Restaurant (dinner) YC 1 $35.79 $62.00
Olivia’s Cafe (dinner) Resort (OKW) 1 $35.29 $54.50
Sanaa (dinner) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $35.29 $53.00
Skipper Canteen (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $35.29 $55.00
Diamond Horseshoe (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $35.00 $35.00
Hollywood and Vine (breakfast) HS Yes 1 $35.00 $35.00
Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner) MK 1 $35.00 $35.00
Frontera Cocina (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $34.29 $57.00
Tony’s Town Square (dinner) MK 1 $34.29 $41.50
Tony’s Town Square (lunch) MK 1 $34.29 $53.50
Trattoria al forno (breakfast) Resort (BWI) 1 $34.00 $46.00
Via Napoli (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $34.00 $56.00
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (dinner show)* Resort (Ft. Wild.) yes 2 $33.63 $33.63
Morimoto Asia (lunch) D. Springs 1 $33.29 $56.00
Yak and Yeti Restaurant (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $33.27 $49.98
1900 Park Fare (breakfast) Resort (GF) Yes 1 $33.00 $45.00
Paradiso 37 (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $33.00 $56.00
Tokyo Dining (dinner) EP 1 $32.90 $52.50
Raglan Road (dinner) D. Springs 1 $32.79 $51.00
California Grill (dinner) Resort (Cont.) 2 $32.65 $43.50
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $32.29 $53.00
The Wave (dinner) Cont. 1 $32.29 $52.00
Trattoria al forno (dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $32.29 $58.00
Biergarten (lunch) EP 1 $32.00 $44.00
Garden Grill (breakfast) EP Yes 1 $32.00 $44.00
Tusker House (breakfast) AK Yes 1 $32.00 $44.00
Planet Hollywood (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $31.97 $56.98
Grand Floridian Cafe (dinner) Resort (GF) 1 $31.29 $54.00
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $31.29 $54.00
Maya Grill (dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $31.27 $54.98
Hollywood Brown Derby Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch/dinner) - includes entree, dessert, beverage and a VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS 2 $31.00 $31.00
Ohana (breakfast) Resort (Poly) Yes 1 $31.00 $31.00
Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner) Resort (YC) 2 $30.65 $43.50
Liberty Tree Tavern (lunch) MK 1 $30.29 $23.00
T-Rex Cafe (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $30.27 $55.98
Restaurant Marrakesh (lunch) EP 1 $30.23 $45.94
Flying Fish (dinner) Resort (BWI) 2 $30.15 $44.50
Le Cellier Steakhouse (dinner) EP 2 $30.15 $38.50
Le Cellier Steakhouse (lunch) EP 2 $30.15 $38.50
Crystal Palace (breakfast) MK Yes 1 $30.00 $30.00
50s Prime Time Cafe (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $29.79 $46.50
Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $29.29 $55.00
ESPN Club (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $29.29 $45.00
Plaza Restaurant (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $29.29 $30.00
Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $29.29 $54.00
Narcoossee’s (dinner) Resort (GF) 2 $28.65 $51.50
Crossroads at House of Blues (dinner) D. Springs 1 $28.29 $49.00
Crossroads at House of Blues (lunch) D. Springs 1 $28.29 $49.00
Olivia’s Cafe (lunch) Resort (OKW) 1 $28.29 $45.50
Raglan Road (lunch) D. Springs 1 $28.29 $41.50
The Wave (lunch) Cont. 1 $28.29 $47.50
Las Ventanas (lunch) Resort (CSR) 1 $27.77 $30.97
Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner)* Resort (AKL) 2 $27.65 $37.00
Whispering Canyon Cafe (lunch) Resort (WL) 1 $27.29 $44.00
Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $27.27 $55.98
Rainforest Cafe – Downtown Disney location (dinner) D. Springs 1 $27.27 $55.98
Rainforest Cafe – Downtown Disney location (lunch) D. Springs 1 $27.27 $55.98
Monsieur Paul (dinner) EP 2 $27.15 $34.50
Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) Resort (AKL) 1 $27.00 $39.00
Nine Dragons Restaurant (lunch) EP 1 $26.95 $42.96
Big River Grille & Brewing Works (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $26.78 $45.98
Artist Point (dinner) Resort (WL) 2 $26.65 $38.25
Citricos (dinner) Resort (GF) 2 $26.65 $36.50
Ale and Compass Restaurant (lunch) YC 1 $26.29 $42.00
Sanaa (lunch) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $26.29 $46.00
Nine Dragons Restaurant (dinner) EP 1 $26.25 $46.96
Tokyo Dining (lunch) EP 1 $25.90 $47.50
Splitsville Luxury Lanes (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $25.75 $45.00
Tiffins (lunch and dinner) AK 2 $25.65 $38.50
Hollywood Brown Derby (lunch and dinner) HS 2 $25.15 $35.50
Morimoto Asia (dinner) D. Springs 2 $25.15 $41.00
Trail’s End Restaurant (dinner) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $25.00 $37.00
STK Orlando (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 2 $24.65 $42.00
Beaches and Cream (lunch and dinner) Resort (BC) 1 $24.29 $38.00
Trail’s End Restaurant (brunch) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $23.00 $35.00
Centertown Buffet (dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $20.99 $20.99
The Boathouse (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 2 $20.40 $43.25
Grand Floridian Cafe (breakfast) Resort (GF) 1 $19.29 $38.00
Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch) Resort (GF) 1 $19.29 $38.00
Paddlefish (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 2 $18.65 $35.50
Trail’s End Restaurant (breakfast) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $18.50 $18.50
Whispering Canyon Cafe (breakfast) Resort (WL) 1 $18.29 $31.00
Ale and Compass Restaurant (breakfast) YC 1 $17.29 $29.00
Kona Cafe (breakfast) Resort (Poly) 1 $17.29 $28.00
Olivia’s Cafe (breakfast) Resort (OKW) 1 $17.29 $30.00
Las Ventanas (breakfast) Resort (CSR) 1 $17.28 $23.49
The Wave (breakfast) Cont. 1 $16.29 $33.99
Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (breakfast) AK 1 $16.28 $28.99
In-room pizza delivery (costs 2 TS credits and includes 2 non-alcoholic OR non-alcoholic beverages, 1 pizza entree and 2 desserts. Gratuities ARE included) Resort (All-Stars, AoA, CBR, Pop, POFQ and POR) 2 $15.83 $22.75
Centertown Buffet (breakfast) Resort (CBR) 1 $13.99 $13.99
Private in-room dining (costs 2 TS credits per meal and each meal includes 1 entree, a dessert and 1 beverage. Gratuities ARE included) Resort (AKL, BWI, Cont., GF, Poly, WL, YC, BC) 2 $12.65 $27.00
Geyser Point (breakfast) Resort (WL) 1 $12.28 $9.99

2018 Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values

Restaurant Location # of credits per meal Avg value of 1 credit Max value of 1 credit
Be Our Guest (breakfast) MK 1 $28.29 $28.29
Polite Pig (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $18.29 $33.00
Flame Tree Barbecue (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $17.28 $28.99
Tangierine Cafe (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $17.28 $27.99
Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $16.79 $23.29
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (lunch and dinner) Resort (POFQ) 1 $16.78 $21.49
Restaurantosaurus (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $16.58 $27.29
ABC Commissary (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $16.28 $27.49
Be Our Guest (lunch) MK 1 $16.28 $20.28
Landscape of Flavor (lunch and dinner) Resort (AoA) 1 $16.28 $24.99
Bongos Cuban Cafe Express (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $16.00 $22.00
Geyser Point (lunch and dinner) Resort (WL) 1 $15.78 $23.99
Centertown Food Truck (dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $15.28 $17.28
Contempo Café (lunch and dinner) Resort (Cont.) 1 $15.28 $23.99
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $15.28 $19.49
Oasis Bar & Grill (lunch) Resort (Poly) 1 $15.28 $26.99
World Premier (lunch and dinner) Resort (ASMo) 1 $15.28 $24.99
Cookes of Dublin (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $15.24 $16.24
Sunshine Seasons (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $15.08 $21.99
Pepper Market Food Court (lunch anddinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $14.98 $24.99
Boardwalk Pizza Window (pizza meal - you get 1 full pizza (equals 4 slices) and 2 drinks) Resort (BWI) 2 $14.79 $16.50
Fairfax Fare (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $14.78 $20.99
Hurricane Hanna’s Grill (lunch) Resort (BC) 1 $14.78 $12.29
Liberty Inn (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $14.78 $24.99
La Cantina de San Angel (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $14.75 $23.25
The Smokehouse (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $14.74 $23.99
Everything Pop Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (Pop) 1 $14.29 $24.99
Wolfgang Puck Express (breakfast) D. Springs 1 $14.29 $17.79
Artist’s Palette (lunch and dinner) Resort (SSR) 1 $14.28 $21.99
Beaches Pool Bar & Grill (lunch) Resort (GF) 1 $14.28 $25.99
Casey’s Corner (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.28 $15.78
Columbia Harbour House (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.28 $18.49
D-Luxe Burger (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $14.28 $22.99
End Zone (lunch and dinner) Resort (ASSp) 1 $14.28 $24.99
Intermission Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (ASMu) 1 $14.28 $21.99
Landscape of Flavor (breakfast) Resort (AoA) 1 $14.28 $22.29
Dockside Diner (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $14.28 $19.49
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.28 $20.49
Pizzafari (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $14.28 $21.49
Riverside Mill Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (POR) 1 $14.28 $23.99
Roaring Fork (lunch and dinner) Resort (WL) 1 $14.28 $23.49
Satu'li Canteen (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $14.28 $22.99
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.28 $16.79
Yak and Yeti Local Cafe (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $14.28 $24.99
Yorkshire County Fish Shop (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $14.28 $18.99
Backlot Express (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $13.78 $23.49
Captain Cook’s Snack Company (lunch and dinner) Resort (Poly) 1 $13.78 $18.49
Lottawatta Lodge (lunch and dinner) BB 1 $13.78 $22.99
Pinocchio Village Haus (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $13.78 $17.49
The Paddock Grill (lunch and dinner) Resort (SSR) 1 $13.78 $22.49
Rosie’s All American Cafe (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $13.58 $21.29
Sommerfest (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $13.48 $19.99
Beach Club Marketplace (lunch and dinner) Resort (BC) 1 $13.29 $19.49
Avalunch (lunch and dinner) BB 1 $13.28 $20.99
Boardwalk Bakery (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $13.28 $16.49
Cafe Rix (lunch and dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $13.28 $20.99
Catalina Eddie’s (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $13.28 $20.69
Cove Bar Resort (Cont.) 1 $13.28 $20.49
Gasparilla Grill (lunch and dinner) Resort (GF) 1 $13.28 $23.99
Gasparilla Grill (lunch) Resort (GF) 1 $13.28 $23.99
Golden Oak Outpost (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $13.28 $14.49
Harambe Marketplace (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $13.28 $23.49
Leaning Palms (lunch) TL 1 $13.28 $22.99
Lotus Blossom Cafe (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $13.28 $19.95
Lowtide Lou’s (lunch and dinner) TL 1 $13.28 $20.99
PizzeRizzo (formerly Toy Story Pizza Planet) (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $13.28 $20.69
Snack Shack (lunch and dinner) TL 1 $13.28 $21.49
The Chuck Wagon (dinner) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $13.28 $23.49
The Mara (lunch and dinner) Resort (AKL) 1 $13.28 $21.99
Turtle Shack (lunch) Resort (OKW) 1 $13.28 $20.49
Typhoon Tilly’s (lunch) TL 1 $13.28 $20.99
Warming Hut (lunch) BB 1 $13.28 $20.99
Yak and Yeti Local Cafe (breakfast) HS 1 $13.28 $14.49
Katsura Grill (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $13.05 $22.00
Cooling Hut BB 1 $12.78 $17.99
Electric Umbrella (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $12.78 $23.99
Good’s Food to Go (lunch and dinner) Resort (OKW) 1 $12.78 $20.29
Intermission Food Court (breakfast) Resort (ASMu) 1 $12.78 $17.49
Island Markets (lunch) Resort (CBR) 1 $12.78 $15.49
Island Markets (dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $12.78 $15.49
Leaping Horse Libations (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $12.78 $21.79
Meadow Snack Bar Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $12.78 $20.29
P & J’s Southern Takeout (lunch and dinner) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $12.78 $13.58
Refreshment Port EP 1 $12.78 $19.49
The Sand Bar Resort (Cont.) 1 $12.78 $21.29
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $12.65 $19.65
Exposition Park Food Trucks (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $12.50 $22.00
B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $12.28 $18.39
Boardwalk Bakery (breakfast) Resort (BWI) 1 $12.28 $14.79
Contempo Café (breakfast) Resort (Cont.) 1 $12.28 $15.99
Everything Pop Food Court (breakfast) Resort (Pop) 1 $12.28 $20.99
Sanaa (breakfast) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $12.28 $15.49
Siestas Cantina (lunch) Resort (CSR) 1 $12.28 $21.49
The Friar’s Nook (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $12.28 $14.99
The Lunching Pad (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $12.28 $13.49
Tortuga Tavern (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $12.28 $15.49
End Zone (breakfast) Resort (ASSp) 1 $12.08 $17.49
Riverside Mill Food Court (breakfast) Resort (POR) 1 $12.08 $15.19
The Mara (breakfast) Resort (AKL) 1 $12.08 $14.99
Artist’s Palette (breakfast) Resort (SSR) 1 $11.78 $15.99
Captain Cook’s Snack Company (breakfast) Resort (Poly) 1 $11.78 $15.99
Centertown Food Truck (breakfast) Resort (CBR) 1 $11.78 $13.78
Daily Poutine (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $11.78 $17.39
Gasparilla Grill (breakfast) Resort (GF) 1 $11.78 $19.49
Maji Pool Bar (lunch) Resort (AK - Kidani) 1 $11.78 $19.99
Refreshment Cool Post EP 1 $11.78 $18.49
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (breakfast) Resort (POFQ) 1 $11.78 $17.49
Sunshine Seasons (breakfast) EP 1 $11.78 $10.29
World Premier (breakfast) Resort (ASMo) 1 $11.78 $21.99
The Market at Ale & Compass (lunch and dinner) Resort (YC) 1 $11.58 $19.29
Pepper Market Food Court (breakfast) Resort (CSR) 1 $11.48 $15.29
Courtyard Pool Bar Resort (Cont.) 1 $11.28 $20.99
Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $11.28 $18.99
Roaring Fork (breakfast) Resort (WL) 1 $11.28 $14.49
Morimoto Street Food (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $11.00 $22.00
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie (breakfast) EP 1 $10.79 $14.00
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $10.79 $19.50
P & J’s Southern Takeout (breakfast) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $10.78 $12.78
Via Napoli Pizza Window (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $10.75 $19.50
Backstretch Pool Bar Resort (SSR) 1 $10.58 $17.99
Beach Club Marketplace (breakfast) Resort (BC) 1 $10.28 $15.19
Boardwalk Pizza Window (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $9.98 $16.69
Boardwalk Pizza Window (lunch) Resort (BWI) 1 $9.98 $16.69
Earl of Sandwich (lunch and dinner) D. Springs 1 $9.98 $15.99
Good’s Food To Go (breakfast) Resort (OKW) 1 $9.78 $12.99
The Market at Ale & Compass (breakfast) Resort (YC) 1 $9.78 $11.49
Starbucks at Disney Springs Marketplace D. Springs 1 $9.74 $16.49
Starbucks at Disney Springs West Side D. Springs 1 $9.74 $16.49
Fountain View (breakfast) EP 1 $8.58 $10.29
Earl of Sandwich (breakfast) D. Springs 1 $8.28 $12.49
The Trolley Car Cafe (breakfast) HS 1 $8.24 $10.49
Main Street Bakery (breakfast) MK 1 $7.74 $10.49
Main Street Bakery (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $7.74 $12.99
Creature Comforts AK 1 $7.54 $10.29
Belle Vue Lounge (breakfast) Resort (BWI) 1 $7.28 $13.49
The Paddock Grill (breakfast) Resort (SSR) 1 $7.08 $11.49
Cafe Rix (breakfast) Resort (CSR) 1 $6.28 $8.49
Turf Club Bar and Grill Resort (SSR) 1 $3.29 $10.00

What about the best snack credits?

After seeing the Table Service and Quick Service charts above, many people wonder why we don't have one for snacks. The reason is simple: there are just way too many to track and the list changes constantly. However, this spreadsheet of confirmed snack credits is the best source for snack credit info.

In general, you are getting a good value for your snack credit if the item costs $5 or more. The most valuable snack credits are often for specialty cupcakes, items at Epcot festival food kitchens, and Starbucks drinks (especially since extra flavors don't cost you any more credits).

What if you don't have enough credits?

If your restaurant plans will require more credits than you have, you should plan to pay out-of-pocket for the restaurant that's ranked the lowest on the charts above. That way you're using your credits for the places where they are the most valuable.

Members only - want the raw data?

Want to play with the Disney Dining Plan data that we used for the charts above in a spreadsheet so you can filter and sort to your heart's content? The link to the data is shown below to WDW Prep members who are currently logged in.

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532 Comments on "Complete guide to Disney Dining Plan (w/best credits for 2018)"

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So we are doing 8 days and 7 nights at disneyworld with the disney dining plan, one quick service and one table service, with 2 snack credits. we are going to universal for 2 days. i was thinking a big buffet for breakfast then quick service at dinner, since we will be eating lunch at universal. what do you recommend?

I’m wondering how it will work if we use table service credits and share meals, but maybe add an appetizer to round out our meal. Is this allowed? Will we just be charged for the appetizer? Is sharing (of course, at non-buffets) allowed?

We’ve never shared meals or added extras when we had the DDP in the past!

You’ll just be charged for the appetizer and anything that’s not part of your entitlements.

Is there some sort of spread sheet to keep track of what credits everyone in our group has used. We are going with a group of 11 and want to make sure we don’t leave any credits unused or use too many

There’s two places you can see all of your entitlements: 1. The concierge desk can print out a page with your remaining entitlements or 2. all of your remaining entitlements will be on the bottom of the receipt after dinner. One thing to note is that it will lump all of your entitlements together by reservation. So if you have 11 people on one reservation it will say Table Credit: 11 Quick Service Credit: 11 Snack Credit: 22. Another thing to note is that even though the entitlements say per-person-per-day, anyone in the party can use more than their daily… Read more »

You can also see your credits remaining at any time in the Disney app!

I see that California Grill brunch is noted to have gratuity included with the DDP (2 credits) but everything else I’ve read so far indicates that it is excluded. Would someone be able to confirm which is the case? Thanks

So, can I get the Curtain Call $11.25 as my drink with my Salmon for dinner and both be covered by my quick service meal credit?

Hi, thanks for the much needed information! I just had a question: do you have to pay the gratuity? I have worked at Disneyland Paris in TB restaurants and did not receive any gratuities so this wouldn’t seem fair to me. Is it included on the bill or a choice that you can make?

You really should pay gratuity. Tipping practices vary widely across countries, which I’m sure is the case here. Servers in the US are paid only a few dollars per hour and depend on gratuity for the majority of their income. So it is a choice, but please tip your server!

Curious about your average prices in the tables above. Now that alcoholic beverages are included in the meal plan, are they incorporated into the prices above, or should I add that cost to the above prices when calculating whether the DDP is worth it to my family?

is it better to book a room and basic park tickets now or wait to see if my dates are available for free ddp ?

I just booked a dinner reservation at Hollywood & vine for fantasmic, I have the dining plan. On the confirmation email it says I will be charged 1 dining and 1 deluxe dining entitlement. Am I misunderstanding or is it going to be 2TS credits or will I have to pay out of pocket?

can you swap out dessert for a side salad?

The math is a little fuzzy to me. You say the adult plan is $75.49/day. You equate snacks at $5 each ($10/day), QS at $18.00/each, and TS at $41/each. That only totals to $69/day… where is the other $6.49???

According to a Disney Parks Moms Panel article from June 2017 the Quick-Service to Snack exchange now gets you two snacks instead of 3. Do we know if this is still true in 2018? https://disneyparksmomspanel.disney.go.com/question/quick-service-meals-traded-snacks-anywhere-341371/

Hi, Shannon,

I’m wondering why there is a distinction between lunch and dinner prices for CRT? I have looked at reservations for both time periods there recently, and it looks like they’re always the same price and now have the same menu. This is why we did breakfast there last May instead – no price break on lunch.

Thanks!

I just checked Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club and it says it doesn’t accept the DDP. I’m guessing that’s because it’s a new restaurant? Anyway, I just wanted to point that out. Maybe it will be included later in the year.

HI! I was wondering if you could hep me with a doubt I have. If I am on the regular Disney Dining Plan, can I change the Table Service dessert credit for something else? Neither my husband or I are very big dessert fans and I know the Table Service credit includes drink, main dish and dessert. Thank you so much for your help!

From what I heard, one can forgo drink I. Quick service, and order instead a dessert? Is that correct?

Hi Shannon,
First, thank you for all that you do to help us make the best informed planning decisions possible.

We are planning a WDW trip and in process of doing the math to see if the dining plan makes sense for us and would love to play with the raw data, but I’m not able to see a link even though I’m logged in. I just see asterisks (****) where it looks like the link should be….am I doing something wrong or perhaps has it been removed?

Thanks so much,
Kathy

Going to the food and wine festival in September. I have free dining which includes a sit down dinner. Is it a waste of time to sit down during the food and wine festival. Can the “sit down ” dinner be used for multiple items at booths?

There are a lot of crappy restaurants in that top tier that I wouldn’t patronize even if they were free. Good to know when considering the DDP.

Can I trade a table service for 2 quick service?

Help! We are dining for breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table which I know is 2 credits per person. We have the regular dining plan and have dinner also at the 1900 Park fare for dinner. Our dining plan is 1 table service, 1 quick serve and 2 snacks. How will this work? Does it take away from other day credits? Thank you for your help.

Yes it will. You get one TS credit for each night you’re there.

When I am on the deluxe dining plan and I use a credit for table service do I still get my dessert? And anything for the appetizer? And are deluxe dining credits still good for children or adults? Going in 2018 if that makes any difference. TIA

we have free breakfast and been told by friends they think we can use that credit to pay for lunch instead. can anyone confirm?

Free Breakfast how? Can you elaborate a little more?
Thanks!

In the UK we only get free breakfast for the value resorts, QSDDP in moderates and DDP in deluxe resorts

Hello! We are planning a trip for September of this year. I’m having difficulty finding location to use snack credits. Most of the snack locations are on the dining plan after the 2017 changes. Can you help, please.

Oops!! I forgot a question! Tiana’s ice cream social… Do they offer that in late september and does that use a dining credit?

Thank you again!!

I am planning a 2018 late september trip and have a couple questions please, thank you. We were wondering if they still do the villan soiree meal at the castle on mnsshp and if so can we use our ddp credits on that meal? With the second question I’m just needing clarification as I THINK you answered in the info above. If we have guests join us for our meal at Ohana, so long as we have credits to cover it and we have one bill, we can use our ddp to pay for them as well? We would also… Read more »

When creating the TS chart did you factor the included gratuity into the 2TS meals?

How do you download the DDP data in a format to be able to filter/sort? I am able to access the link but it won’t let me edit or interact with the date (I am a member). Thank you!! 🙂

Last time we used the dining plan and it was great but this year my daughter is a CP and is on our reservation and will be staying with us but won’t know her schedule that far out so I don’t want to pay for the dining plan for her and have her credits go to waste so we are just figuring out a budget to pay out of pocket. The charts are fantastic but I have a question regarding the max cost of meal assuming you order the most expensive thing on the menu. Is that just for the… Read more »
HI! Help please! We r going to eat at Tiffins. Our daughter who is 7 will be with us. We looked at the menu and she will most likley pick the $9 pasta meal. I cant see wasting her 2 table service credits on that meal. I was going to pay out of pocket for her meal. My question is…. what can we do with her extra 2 table service credits? Are they only for kids to use? can we use them for quick service or snacks? We want to get the most out of our meal plan and are… Read more »

Kid’s table service credits are only for kids menu items at a table service restaurant. I’m not sure about using them for quick service or snacks but I don’t think you can.

if you’re on the Deluxe plan they’re all count the same. No difference between child’s or adult credits.

How much more is the Tusker House or Tiffins Rivers of Lights Dining Package? Thanks

While I know it’s not the most cost effective approach, how do you go about using TS credit at a QS meal? What I mean by that is do you have to specify when paying you want to use ts credits? Can you please confirm using a ts credit at a qs meal is acutally allowed? I’ve read conflicting information. Thank you!

We are currently planning a WDW trip, staying at Port Orleans-Riverside early November. We booked everything through Disney, except the food! Now I am wondering if a dining package would make sense? It would allow us to go eat at nicer restaurants and not to worry about money on the trip, since it’s all paid. I tend to overspend. Otherwise,we’d probably not do any sit down meals, and pack a lot of granola bars. My only worry is that we like to drink (a lot!), and alcohol is never included. So the cost of alcohol would not be included, and… Read more »

We couldn’t eat all of the food! We’re paying out of pocket this trip. I’m budgeting the same we would spend for the plan and adding in tips and alcohol and see how we do. When on the Dining Plan, we tended to order the most expensive meal on the menu to “make the most out of it,” even though sometimes all I really wanted was the $19 pasta or the $15 burger! Less pressure on me to over eat because “it’s already paid for”
You can still go to one or two nice restaurants without breaking the bank!

Is the confirmed snack list on the link provided above, still a valid list for 2017?

That list on the DISboards site hasn’t been updated in several years, but it does give you a pretty good idea of what type of snacks are included. Also, if you go to the Disney Food Blog, they have restaurants listed with photos of the menu boards and you can see which items have the Snack symbol. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/disney-world-restaurants-guide/

Thanks for your help!

HI, IF WE ARE STAYING AT OLD KEY WEST IN A 2 BED VILLA, BUT WE ALL WANT TO EAT IN DIFFERENT PLACES, AND BECAUSE WE DON’T ALWAYS WANT TO BE STUNG FOR SERVICE TAX BEING INCLUDED IF 6 OF US EATING TOGETHER. DO YOU KNOW IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO RESERVE (180 DAYS IN ADVANCE) 2 DIFFERENT TABLES, EITHER IN THE SAME RESTAURANT OR AT DIFFERENT RESTAURANTS ON DIFFERENT DAYS ? BEARING IN MIND I GUESS WE WILL ONY HAVE ONE RESERVATION NUMBER. HOW DOES IT WORK ? BEFORE (2103) I WAS ONLY EVER TO DO ONE ADVANCED… Read more »

“costly gratuities” are 18%, that’s 2% lower than the average tip. You actually save money sitting together.

I received a mailing today from Disney regarding my upcoming trip. It said I will receive 10 adult credits and 5 child credits for both sitdown and quick service. I thought they weren’t broken up into child and adult credits? Thank you!

Can I buy the DDP if not at a Disney resort?

Two questions, trying to decide between dining and deluxe dining plans. We are going for 10 days and plan on 15 or so table service meals. I’m leaning towards the deluxe. Thoughts please. Also can table service meals be traded in for snacks too. (If we go deluxe that’s all we’d have)

No. You can trade Table service for Counter service though. It would be considered an even trade an not say, 1 TS= 2 CS. Hope that makes sense.

Scratch my other reply. You get 3 meals that can be used as either counter or table service AND 2 snacks for every night of your reservation. As to your question I found this: Can I divide quick service credits to make snack credits? Yes. Quick Service credits can be traded for three snacks at participating quick service locations as long as it happens all in the same transaction. (Some guests have reported converting table service credits to three snack credits as well, but you may receive a different response.) Basically, It never hurts to ask and you might lucky… Read more »

What happens if your dining plan only has one Table Service credit, but you want to go to California Grill for dinner which requires 2? Do you just pay the difference?

I saw above you said that the disney dining plan can be added with room only reservations but I keep seeing that you need a Magic Your Way package to add.Is this true?

We leave in less than a week. Wondering if we can use one quick service adult to split between my daughters ages 6/8 instead of doing two kids meals at BOG. I didn’t know if that’s allowed since it’s sit down.

This year will be our first trip to Disney with a 10 and 7 year old, my husband and myself. We have purchased the QS dining plan with our Magic My Way package and are very excited about all these lists and the convenience the DDP will allow us. My question is about the snacks. The link provided is from 2013 & 2014. How accurate is this still for what can be redeemed as snacks? That list is HUGE but everything else I have read for what is considered a snack was a piece of fruit, an icecream bar, a… Read more »

There are tons and tons and tons of snacks available! When you go to different restaurants, look for the Disney Dining Plan sign on the menu. Most of the snack credits options are $5 or less. You can get a dole whip, ice cream, popcorn, cupcakes, pastries, sodas, and so so much more! There really are tons of options for the snack credit.

Thank you so much for answering my question Carly! This is exciting to know! None of us are huge eaters so being about to get pastries and such allows us to have breakfast covered as well!! Thanks again!! ~Ivy

I think the Disney Dining Plan is great if you have kids in the 7-9 age range who eat quite a bit or if you are doing character meals. The plan’s savings come from the kids. I do have a question about nonalcoholic beverages with meals, can I swap it for a snack or something else? I don’t drink soda or coffee.

Last year they allowed this. Since we don’t let our DS have any food coloring and he doesn’t like soda, we pack his own drink or water and they let us switch it out for a dessert which he loves chocolate. Can’t wait for our trip this year. Hope they will allow it all again. This as far for QS

Quick Question – I see the Brown Derby + Fantasmic package is listed as a 1-credit TS meal which would be an amazing deal.
…Is that correct? from the WDW website it looks like it’s a 2-credit, while Hollywood & Vine and Mama Melrose are 1-credit options. Just checking to see if I missed something! Thanks! 🙂

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan do you have to order on the Prix Frix menu? Or can you order anything?

I’m new to this and I’m curious about the pricing of the DDP- is this per day of your stay? Ex: Quick service plan for a 6 night stay is it just $47 or is it $47 times 6 days?

Hi Shannon-First, THANK YOU for these list. I used it last year and I think I at least broke even for the adults but saved a lot for my kid. I just booked our trip this year and the prices just went up. I was told $72 for the adults and $27 for the kids. So how would this break down and is it worth it? I know for the kids it is but the adults would the kids overage break even for the adults. We do like going to character dinners but we also did the Disney jr breakfast… Read more »

I saw a list online that had similar prices and it has me all confused. I’m new to all of this Disney vacation planning ?

Do you think Free Dining will be offered in the Fall this year?

Thank you for the updated list, I can’t wait to play with the data. I have a question though. Is the the fantasmic dining package at Hollywood and Vine for dinner new? I can’t find any information about it. I only see it available for lunch at Hollywood and Vine.

I have heard children meals are not tracked differently for quick services meals? I have adventurous eaters who don’t want to just eat chicken nuggets and uncrustables. Thanks for any info!

This says that the quick service credits are not separated by child and adult, what about the deluxe credits, does anyone know if they are separated?

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