(Last updated December 18, 2018)

Want to get a Disney Dining Plan (DDP) 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 2019.

What is the Disney Dining Plan?

When people ask us about the Disney Dining Plan one of the first things they want to know is whether or not it is "worth it."

And, although we wish there was any easy answer to that question, there really isn't.

The fact is, before you can decide if the Disney Dining Plan is right for your family (and ultimately worth it), you have to know exactly what it is and how it works and then you may need to do a little math (more on that below).

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 having your agent add it (this is sometimes called a "ticketless package")
  • A Disney Vacation Club (DVC) reservation

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

Animal Kingdom Disney World Dining Plan

What do you mean by credits?

For each night of your reservation (and depending on which plan you purchase) you'll be allotted a certain number of credits.

Lots of people think that you get the same number of credits as the total number of days, but that's not how it works.

Your credits are allotted based upon the number of nights.

So for a 6 night/7 day vacation, you'd multiply the number of daily credits the plan you are purchasing receives times 6 (not 7).

And the Disney Dining Plan is purchased for the length of a reservation.

You can't just add it for part of a reservation.

It's all or nothing.

How do I use my credits?

Using your credits is quite easy.

You'll simply scan your MagicBand at any of the restaurants, kiosks, and carts that take the Disney Dining Plan and the appropriate number of credits will be deducted from your account.

You'll have access to your credits until midnight of the day you check out so if you have any leftover credits you can spend them up before you head home!

On your arrival day, your Disney Dining Plan is activated when you check-in (whether in person or online), and even though the official check-in time is usually 3 pm, you can check-in early if you want to hit the parks or grab a meal before then.

How do I keep track of my credits?

Disney makes it very easy to keep track of your credits.

Credit balances are available on the bottom of the receipts you get after "paying" for a meal or snack.

You can also find your Disney Dining Plan balance inside of the My Disney Experience app under the "My Plans" section.

Select your resort reservation and you should then see an option for Dining Plan.

If you ever find that the credit balance isn't accurate (mistakes do happen!), make sure you talk to your server (if you are still at the restaurant).

Or, if you've already left, a Cast Member at your resort will be able to help you.

Dining receipt

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 we like using the Dining Plan on our Disney World trips with our families. 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.

If you are looking for that all-inclusive feeling, adding one of the Disney Dining Plans to your vacation is the best way to achieve that.

Sometimes it's free

Disney sometimes offers the Free Dining promotion which allows guests to get the Disney Dining Plan for free. As you can imagine, this is a very popular promotion and lots of people plan their trips around it.

There are some downsides to Free Dining, though.

First of all, if you book a trip using the Free Dining promotion, you give up the ability to use other promotions, and sometimes the other promotions offered at the same time might actually save you more money.

And not every resort category offered provides the same amount of savings with Free Dining.

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 to do and takes some planning.

That's what the info below will help you do.

Disney World Dining Plan Satuli Canteen

2019 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 2019 price for ages 10+ 2019 price for ages 3-9
Quick-Service Dining Plan 2 0 2 $52.50 $23.78
Regular Dining Plan 1 1 2 $75.49 $27.98
Deluxe Dining Plan 3 credits to be used for either QS or TS 2 $116.25 $43.49

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.).

It is sometimes possible to use your credits to pay for other people's meals (even if they aren't on the Dining Plan), however, Disney has said that decision is left up to the management of each restaurant.

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.

Andy's Toy Box food

What does a credit include?

Quick Service credits

A Quick Service credit includes an entree and a drink from a Quick Service restaurant.

When it comes to the drink you'll have several options:

  • Guests under 21 can choose from the regular fountain drinks & milk as well as from specialty drinks offered at that location (smoothies, shakes, hot chocolate, etc.).
  • Guests 21 and over can choose from any of those options plus they can also choose to have 1 single-serving of a mixed drink/cocktail, beer, or wine.

Not every restaurant has the same options so if you have your heart set on a cocktail or shake you'll want to make sure you're planning on eating somewhere that has those.

Side note: dessert stopped being included in 2017, but Disney did increase the number of Snack Credits per day back then from 1 to a total of 2 which means you can still get dessert if you want, you just aren't limited to the selection at the restaurant, which is a much better option in our opinion!

Quick Service 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 at the dining location.

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).

Like with the Quick Service credits, you'll have several options for drinks:

  • Guests under 21 can choose from the regular fountain drinks & milk as well as from specialty drinks offered at that location (smoothies, shakes, hot chocolate, etc.).
  • Guests 21 and over can choose from any of those options plus they can also choose to have 1 single-serving of a mixed drink/cocktail, beer, or wine.

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

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.

Signature Restaurants & Dinner Shows

One other important thing, there are some restaurants at Disney World that require 2 credits.

These are known as Signature Restaurants, and if you are planning on dining at one of those, make sure you take that into account when allocating how to use your credits.

In 2019, these are the Signature Restaurants that require 2 credits:

  • Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom, 2 credits at dinner only)
  • Le Cellier (Epcot)
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby (Hollywood Studios)
  • Tiffins Restaurant (Animal Kingdom)
  • The BOATHOUSE (Disney Springs)
  • California Grill (Disney's Contemporary Resort)
  • Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)
  • Citricos (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort)
  • Flying Fish (Disney's Boardwalk)
  • Jiko - The Cooking Place (Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  • Monsieur Paul (Epcot)
  • Morimoto Asia (Disney Springs, 2 credits at dinner only)
  • Narcoossee's (Disney's Grand Floridian)
  • Paddlefish (Disney Springs)
  • STK Orlando (Disney Springs)
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club)

These are the dinner shows that require 2 credits:

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue
  • Spirit of Aloha

Spirit of Aloha Disney World Dining Plan

Snack credits

Snack credits can be used for many things including bottled water, ice cream and bakery items.

Disney Dining Plan

You'll see the DDP icon next to these items on menus throughout Disney World.

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 our 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.

Sunshine Tree Terrace

2019 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 Character meal? # of credits per meal Avg. value of 1 credit Maximum value of 1 credit
Tony's Town Square - Festival of Fantasy Dining Package (lunch)** MK 1 $64.99 $75.50
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (dinner) EP Yes 1 $60.00 $72.00
Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch and dinner) - includes full buffet plus VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS Yes 1 $60.00 $60.00
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (lunch) EP Yes 1 $58.00 $70.00
Storybook Dining at Artist Point (dinner) Resort (WL) Yes 1 $55.00 $67.00
Hollywood and Vine Minnie's Seasonal Dining (dinner) HS Yes 1 $52.00 $64.00
Tusker House Rivers of Light Dining Package (lunch & dinner) AK Yes 1 $52.00 $64.00
1900 Park Fare (dinner) Resort (GF) Yes 1 $50.00 $62.00
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (breakfast) EP Yes 1 $50.00 $62.00
Cape May Cafe (dinner) Resort (BC) 1 $50.00 $62.00
Chef Mickey’s (dinner) Resort (Cont.) Yes 1 $50.00 $62.00
Tiffins Rivers of Light Dining Package (dinner)** AK 2 $46.50 $46.50
Hollywood and Vine (lunch) HS Yes 1 $46.00 $58.00
Hollywood and Vine Fantasmic Dining Package (breakfast) - includes full buffet plus VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS Yes 1 $46.00 $46.00
Cinderella’s Royal Table (lunch and dinner)* MK Yes 2 $45.43 $51.43
Boma Flavors of Africa (dinner) Resort (AKL) 1 $45.00 $57.00
California Grill (brunch) Resort (Cont.) 2 $45.00 $51.00
Crystal Palace (lunch and dinner) MK Yes 1 $45.00 $45.00
Tutto Italia Ristorante (dinner) EP 1 $45.00 $61.00
Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Package at Tiffins – Tier II (lunch and dinner) AK 2 $45.00 $47.50
Biergarten (dinner) EP 1 $44.00 $56.00
Ohana (dinner) Resort (Poly) 1 $44.00 $56.00
Tusker House (lunch and dinner) AK Yes 1 $44.00 $56.00
Garden Grill (lunch and dinner) EP Yes 1 $43.00 $55.00
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch and dinner) - includes entree, dessert, beverage and a VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS 1 $43.00 $43.00
Restaurant Marrakesh (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $42.97 $53.98
Maria & Enzo's Ristorante (dinner) DS 1 $41.99 $68.00
Tiffins Rivers of Light Dining Package (lunch)** AK 2 $41.50 $38.00
Chef Mickey’s (brunch) Resort (Cont.) Yes 1 $41.00 $53.00
Liberty Tree Tavern (dinner) MK 1 $41.00 $51.00
Tutto Italia Ristorante (lunch) EP 1 $41.00 $61.00
Coral Reef (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $40.99 $61.50
Chefs de France (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $40.74 $57.74
Spirit of Aloha (dinner show)* Resort (Poly) 2 $40.71 $40.71
Terralina Crafted Italian (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $40.50 $67.00
1900 Park Fare (brunch) Resort (GF) Yes 1 $40.00 $52.00
Chef Mickey’s (breakfast) Resort (Cont.) Yes 1 $40.00 $52.00
Garden Grill (breakfast) EP Yes 1 $40.00 $52.00
La Hacienda de San Angel (dinner) EP 1 $39.99 $56.00
Teppan Edo Restaurant (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $39.90 $55.50
Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue (dinner show)* Resort (Ft. Wild.) 2 $39.26 $39.26
Tusker House Rivers of Light Dining Package (breakfast) AK Yes 1 $39.00 $51.00
The Edison (dinner) DS 1 $38.99 $64.00
Spice Road (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $38.23 $55.98
Cape May Cafe (breakfast) Resort (BC) Yes 1 $38.00 $50.00
San Angel Inn Restaurante (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $37.99 $54.00
Turf Club Bar and Grill (dinner) Resort (SS) 1 $37.99 $56.00
Via Napoli (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $37.00 $62.00
Sanaa (dinner) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $36.99 $55.00
Skipper Canteen (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $36.99 $55.00
Whispering Canyon Cafe (dinner) Resort (WL) 1 $36.99 $56.00
Yak and Yeti Restaurant (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $36.97 $51.98
Cinderella’s Royal Table (breakfast)* MK Yes 2 $36.58 $42.58
Diamond Horseshoe (dinner) MK 1 $36.00 $48.00
Hollywood and Vine (breakfast) HS Yes 1 $36.00 $48.00
Bongos Cuban Cafe (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $35.99 $69.00
Maria & Enzo's Ristorante (lunch) DS 1 $35.99 $63.00
Morimoto Asia (lunch) DS 1 $35.99 $59.00
Olivia’s Cafe (dinner) Resort (OKW) 1 $35.99 $57.50
Raglan Road (dinner) DS 1 $35.99 $51.00
Ale and Compass Restaurant (dinner) Resort (YC) 1 $35.49 $56.00
1900 Park Fare (breakfast) Resort (GF) Yes 1 $35.00 $47.00
Biergarten (lunch) EP 1 $35.00 $47.00
Maria & Enzo's Ristorante (brunch) DS 1 $35.00 $47.00
Sebastian's Bistro (dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $34.99 $56.00
Tony’s Town Square (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $34.99 $53.50
Trattoria al Forno (dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $34.99 $61.00
Planet Hollywood (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $34.97 $61.98
T-Rex Cafe (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $34.97 $50.98
Ohana (breakfast) Resort (Poly) Yes 1 $34.00 $46.00
Paradiso 37 (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $34.00 $51.00
Trattoria al Forno - Bon Voyage Breakfast (breakfast) Resort (BWI) 1 $34.00 $46.00
Tusker House (breakfast) AK Yes 1 $34.00 $46.00
50s Prime Time Cafe (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $33.99 $49.00
Boatwright’s Dining Hall (dinner) Resort (POR) 1 $33.99 $56.00
Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $33.99 $55.00
Enzo's Hideaway (dinner) DS 1 $33.99 $69.00
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $33.99 $53.00
Rose and Crown Pub and Dining (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $33.99 $52.00
The Wave (dinner) Resort (Cont.) 1 $33.99 $62.00
Narcoossee’s (dinner) Resort (GF) 2 $33.50 $53.00
Frontera Cocina (dinner) DS 1 $32.99 $66.00
Frontera Cocina (lunch) DS 1 $32.99 $66.00
House of Blues (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $32.99 $50.00
Plaza Restaurant (dinner) MK 1 $32.99 $54.00
Tokyo Dining (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $32.90 $52.50
Nine Dragons Restaurant (dinner) EP 1 $32.27 $56.98
Crystal Palace (breakfast) MK Yes 1 $32.00 $32.00
Trail’s End Restaurant (dinner) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $32.00 $44.00
Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' (brunch) DS 1 $31.99 $49.00
Grand Floridian Cafe (dinner) Resort (GF) 1 $31.99 $58.00
Raglan Road (lunch) DS 1 $31.99 $44.00
The Edison (lunch) DS 1 $31.99 $53.00
Maya Grill (dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $31.97 $54.98
Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $31.97 $56.98
Rainforest Cafe – Downtown Disney location (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $31.97 $56.98
Hollywood Brown Derby Fantasmic Dining Package (lunch/dinner) - includes entree, dessert, beverage and a VIP seating voucher for Fantasmic HS 2 $31.50 $31.50
California Grill (dinner)* Resort (Cont.) 2 $31.50 $48.00
Kona Cafe (lunch and dinner) Resort (Poly) 1 $30.99 $49.00
Sebastian's Bistro (lunch) Resort (CBR) 1 $30.99 $50.00
Le Cellier Steakhouse (lunch and dinner) EP 2 $30.50 $41.00
STK Orlando (dinner) DS 2 $30.50 $44.50
Be Our Guest (dinner) MK Yes 2 $30.00 $36.00
Flying Fish (dinner) Resort (BWI) 2 $30.00 $42.00
Olivia’s Cafe (lunch) Resort (OKW) 1 $29.99 $45.50
Plaza Restaurant (lunch) MK 1 $29.99 $44.00
Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $29.99 $54.00
Yachtsman Steakhouse (dinner) Resort (YC) 2 $29.50 $41.00
Enzo's Hideaway (lunch) DS 1 $28.99 $65.00
Liberty Tree Tavern (lunch) MK 1 $28.99 $41.00
Sanaa (lunch) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $28.99 $49.00
The Wave (lunch) Resort (Cont.) 1 $28.99 $48.00
Whispering Canyon Cafe (lunch) Resort (WL) 1 $28.99 $45.00
Big River Grille & Brewing Works (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $28.97 $45.98
Monsieur Paul (dinner) EP 2 $28.50 $34.50
ESPN Club (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $28.29 $49.00
Nine Dragons Restaurant (lunch) EP 1 $28.27 $46.98
Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner)* Resort (AKL) 2 $28.00 $37.00
Splitsville Luxury Lanes (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $27.99 $48.00
Ale and Compass Restaurant (lunch) Resort (YC) 1 $27.49 $42.00
Rix Sports Bar & Grill (lunch and dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $27.44 $51.95
Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) Resort (AKL) 1 $27.00 $39.00
Beaches and Cream (lunch and dinner) Resort (BC) 1 $26.99 $42.00
Citricos (dinner) Resort (GF) 2 $26.00 $38.00
Tiffins (lunch and dinner) AK 2 $26.00 $43.50
Diamond Horseshoe (lunch) MK 1 $25.99 $48.00
Hollywood Brown Derby (lunch and dinner) HS 2 $25.50 $35.50
Trail’s End Restaurant (brunch) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $25.00 $37.00
Grand Floridian Cafe (lunch) Resort (GF) 1 $23.99 $50.00
Trail’s End Restaurant (breakfast) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $23.00 $35.00
Morimoto Asia (dinner) DS 2 $23.00 $35.50
Paddlefish (dinner) DS 2 $21.50 $46.00
The Boathouse (dinner) DS 2 $20.75 $43.25
The Boathouse (lunch) DS 2 $20.75 $43.25
STK Orlando (lunch) DS 2 $20.00 $44.00
Grand Floridian Cafe (breakfast) Resort (GF) 1 $19.99 $38.00
Paddlefish (lunch) DS 2 $19.50 $46.00
Ale and Compass Restaurant (breakfast) Resort (YC) 1 $18.99 $35.00
Olivia’s Cafe (breakfast) Resort (OKW) 1 $18.99 $30.00
Plaza Restaurant (breakfast) MK 1 $18.99 $30.00
The Wave (breakfast) Resort (Cont.) 1 $18.99 $29.00
Whispering Canyon Cafe (breakfast) Resort (WL) 1 $18.99 $33.00
Kona Cafe (breakfast) Resort (Poly) 1 $17.99 $28.00
Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (breakfast) AK 1 $17.98 $29.99
In-room pizza delivery (costs 2 TS credits and includes 2 non-alcoholic OR alcoholic beverages, 1 pizza entree and 2 desserts. Gratuities ARE included) Resort (All-Star Resorts, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century Resort, Old Key West Resort, Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Port Orleans Resort Riverside, and Saratoga Springs Resort) 2 $17.73 $26.99
Rix Sports Bar & Grill (breakfast) Resort (CSR) 1 $16.99 $31.00
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 (AK Lodge, Boardwalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, and the Yacht & Beach Clubs) 2 $12.65 $27.00

2019 Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credit Values

 
Restaurant Location # of credits per meal Avg. value of 1 credit Maximum value of 1 credit
Be Our Guest (breakfast) MK 1 $31.99 $38.00
Polite Pig (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $18.99 $33.00
Be Our Guest (lunch) MK 1 $18.98 $26.99
ABC Commissary (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $17.98 $28.29
Flame Tree Barbecue (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $17.98 $28.99
Satu'li Canteen (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $17.98 $26.99
Tangierine Cafe (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $17.98 $27.99
Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $17.49 $23.99
Riverside Mill Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (POR) 1 $17.48 $27.49
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (lunch and dinner) Resort (POFQ) 1 $17.48 $23.49
La Cantina de San Angel (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $16.99 $23.75
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $16.98 $22.49
El Mercado de Coronado (lunch and dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $16.98 $24.99
End Zone Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (ASSp) 1 $16.98 $26.99
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $16.98 $19.49
Restaurantosaurus (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $16.98 $25.99
World Premier (lunch and dinner) Resort (ASMo) 1 $16.98 $26.99
Yak and Yeti Local Cafe (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $16.49 $25.99
D-Luxe Burger (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $16.48 $23.49
Geyser Point (lunch and dinner) Resort (WL) 1 $16.48 $24.00
Landscape of Flavor (lunch and dinner) Resort (AoA) 1 $16.28 $26.99
Bongos Cuban Cafe Express (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $16.00 $20.00
Columbia Harbour House (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $15.98 $19.49
Contempo Café (lunch and dinner) Resort (Cont.) 1 $15.98 $23.99
Oasis Bar & Grill (lunch) Resort (Poly) 1 $15.98 $26.99
The Mara (dinner) Resort (AKL) 1 $15.98 $23.99
Sunshine Seasons (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $15.78 $23.99
The Basket at Wine Bar George DS 1 $15.50 $24.00
Boardwalk Pizza Window (pizza meal - you get 1 full pizza (equals 4 slices) and 2 drinks) Resort (BWI) 2 $15.49 $16.50
Backlot Express (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $15.48 $23.99
Casey’s Corner (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $15.48 $17.48
Dockside Diner (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $15.48 $22.99
Gasparilla Grill (lunch and dinner) Resort (GF) 1 $15.48 $23.99
Liberty Inn (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $15.48 $22.99
Yorkshire County Fish Shop (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $15.48 $19.74
Cookes of Dublin (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $15.45 $16.45
Fairfax Fare (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $15.28 $23.49
Katsura Grill (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $15.05 $22.00
Wolfgang Puck Express – Marketplace (breakfast) DS 1 $14.99 $17.99
Artist’s Palette (lunch and dinner) Resort (SS) 1 $14.98 $21.99
Beaches Pool Bar & Grill (lunch) Resort (GF) 1 $14.98 $25.99
Boardwalk Pizza Window (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $14.98 $21.99
Centertown Market (lunch and dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $14.98 $23.49
Centertown Market Grab & Go Resort (CBR) 1 $14.98 $21.99
End Zone Food Court (breakfast) Resort (ASSp) 1 $14.98 $18.49
Everything Pop Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (POP) 1 $14.98 $25.49
Intermission Food Court (lunch and dinner) Resort (ASMu) 1 $14.98 $23.99
Lottawatta Lodge (lunch and dinner) BB 1 $14.98 $23.49
Pizzafari (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $14.98 $23.49
Roaring Fork (lunch and dinner) Resort (WL) 1 $14.98 $22.99
Rosie’s All American Cafe (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $14.98 $21.99
Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.98 $17.49
Maji Pool Bar (lunch and dinner) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $14.78 $21.49
The Smokehouse (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $14.74 $23.99
The Chuck Wagon (dinner) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $14.68 $23.99
4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $14.49 $19.99
Yak and Yeti Local Cafe (breakfast) HS 1 $14.49 $14.49
Avalunch (lunch and dinner) BB 1 $14.48 $22.49
Beach Club Marketplace (lunch and dinner) Resort (BC) 1 $14.48 $21.49
Boardwalk Bakery (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $14.48 $16.29
Captain Cook’s Snack Company (lunch and dinner) Resort (Poly) 1 $14.48 $22.49
Courtyard Pool Bar Resort (GF) 1 $14.48 $20.99
Electric Umbrella (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $14.48 $23.49
Hurricane Hanna’s Grill (lunch) Resort (BC) 1 $14.48 $12.99
Island Markets (lunch and dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $14.48 $18.99
Lotus Blossom Cafe (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $14.48 $18.95
P & J’s Southern Takeout (lunch and dinner) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $14.48 $24.99
Pinocchio Village Haus (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.48 $17.99
PizzeRizzo (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $14.48 $20.99
Siestas Cantina (lunch and dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $14.48 $21.49
Spyglass Grill (lunch and dinner) Resort (CBR) 1 $14.48 $24.49
The Mara (lunch) Resort (AKL) 1 $14.48 $21.99
Tortuga Tavern (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $14.48 $16.99
Typhoon Tilly’s (lunch) TL 1 $14.48 $20.99
Uzima Springs Pool Bar 1 $14.48 $21.99
The Paddock Grill (lunch and dinner) Resort (SS) 1 $14.28 $22.99
Catalina Eddie’s (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $13.98 $20.99
Cooling Hut BB 1 $13.98 $18.99
Cove Bar Resort (Cont.) 1 $13.98 $20.49
Daily Poutine (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $13.98 $19.99
Golden Oak Outpost (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $13.98 $14.49
Good’s Food to Go (lunch and dinner) Resort (OKW) 1 $13.98 $21.99
Harambe Marketplace (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $13.98 $23.49
Leaning Palms (lunch) TL 1 $13.98 $23.49
Leaping Horse Libations (lunch and dinner) Resort (BWI) 1 $13.98 $23.49
Lowtide Lou’s (lunch and dinner) TL 1 $13.98 $20.99
Snack Shack (lunch and dinner) TL 1 $13.98 $21.99
Sommerfest (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $13.98 $20.29
Turtle Shack (lunch) Resort (OKW) 1 $13.98 $21.99
Warming Hut (lunch) BB 1 $13.98 $20.99
Woody's Lunch Box (lunch and dinner) HS 1 $13.98 $22.99
El Mercado de Coronado (breakfast) Resort (CSR) 1 $13.58 $14.78
Exposition Park Food Trucks (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $13.50 $22.00
Intermission Food Court (breakfast) Resort (ASMu) 1 $13.48 $22.99
The Friar’s Nook (lunch and dinner) MK 1 $13.48 $14.79
The Lunching Pad ((lunch and dinner) MK 1 $13.48 $17.49
The Sand Bar Resort (Cont.) 1 $13.48 $22.49
World Premier (breakfast) Resort (ASMo) 1 $13.48 $22.49
Cafe Rix (lunch and dinner) Resort (CSR) 1 $13.28 $20.99
Yesake DS 1 $13.28 $19.99
B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $13.28 $18.99
Morimoto Street Food (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $13.00 $24.00
AristoCrepe DS 1 $12.98 $18.99
Contempo Café (breakfast) Resort (Cont.) 1 $12.98 $16.49
Everything Pop Food Court (breakfast) Resort (POP) 1 $12.98 $21.59
Meadow Snack Bar Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $12.98 $20.29
Refreshment Outpost EP 1 $12.98 $18.99
Roaring Fork (breakfast) Resort (WL) 1 $12.98 $15.49
Sanaa (breakfast) Resort (AKL - Kidani) 1 $12.98 $15.49
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $12.95 $19.95
Centertown Market (breakfast) Resort (CBR) 1 $12.78 $19.99
Gasparilla Grill (breakfast) Resort (GF) 1 $12.78 $19.49
P & J’s Southern Takeout (breakfast) Resort (Ft. Wild.) 1 $12.78 $15.38
Riverside Mill Food Court (breakfast) Resort (POR) 1 $12.78 $17.49
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food (breakfast) Resort (POFQ) 1 $12.78 $16.49
The Mara (breakfast) Resort (AKL) 1 $12.78 $21.49
Pizza Ponte (lunch and dinner) AK 1 $12.50 $21.00
Artist’s Palette (breakfast) Resort (SS) 1 $12.48 $15.98
Backstretch Pool Bar Resort (SS) 1 $12.48 $18.99
Captain Cook’s Snack Company (breakfast) Resort (Poly) 1 $12.48 $21.99
Promenade Refreshments EP 1 $12.48 $17.99
Sunshine Seasons (breakfast) EP 1 $12.48 $10.29
Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) EP 1 $12.28 $19.99
Beach Club Marketplace (breakfast) Resort (BC) 1 $12.28 $21.79
Landscape of Flavor (breakfast) Resort (AoA) 1 $12.08 $21.99
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) EP 1 $11.49 $19.50
Good’s Food To Go (breakfast) Resort (OKW) 1 $11.48 $13.49
Refreshment Port EP 1 $11.48 $17.49
Woody's Lunch Box (breakfast) HS 1 $11.48 $18.49
Chicken Guy! (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $10.98 $14.48
D-Luxe Burger (breakfast) DS 1 $10.98 $17.99
Spyglass Grill (breakfast) Resort (CBR) 1 $10.98 $19.49
The Market at Ale & Compass (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Resort (YC) 1 $10.98 $12.49
Boardwalk Bakery (breakfast) Resort (BWI) 1 $10.78 $13.29
Via Napoli Pizza Window (lunch and dinner) EP 1 $10.75 $19.50
Earl of Sandwich (lunch and dinner) DS 1 $10.48 $15.99
The Paddock Grill (breakfast) Resort (SS) 1 $9.98 $16.99
Earl of Sandwich (breakfast) DS 1 $8.98 $12.49
Cafe Rix (breakfast) Resort (CSR) 1 $6.28 $8.49

Download the Disney Dining Plan credit spreadsheet

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Sebastians Bistro

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 that was created by others 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).

Creature Comforts Starbucks

What if you don't have enough credits?

You want to be strategic about this:

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.

Don't waste those expensive credits on a less-expensive meal.

Instead, pay out-of-pocket for the cheapest meal on your list and use your credits for the others.

What happens if you wind up with credits left over?

This is one of the huge downsides to the Disney Dining Plan: you either use them or lose them.

If somebody gets sick or you miss a meal or decide to skip something because you are having too much fun someplace else, you don't get the value of those credits back.

Is the Disney Dining Plan worth it?

Back to this big question.

If you have somebody in your family that won't relax because they are constantly worrying about the price of things then the Disney Dining Plan might be worth it for you.

Knowing what your food costs are going to be before you leave home can definitely help ease any anxiety about that.

For everybody else, if you want to know if it will be worth it, you'll have to do a little bit of math:

  • First of all, you'll need to decide where you'll be eating.
  • Make a list of all of those places. If you are comfortable using Google Sheets or Excel, plug that info into there.
  • Then, head to the menus and decide what you think you'd like to order. Make sure you include the price of dessert (if you usually eat dessert) and whether or not you'll have a cocktail (or two).
  • Keep in mind that while most restaurants take the Disney Dining Plan, a few do not so you'll want to check to make sure the restaurants you are planning on dining at are listed up above. If they aren't, keep that in mind when doing your calculations.
  • Jot down the prices for each person and total it up.
  • You aren't looking for perfection here, just a good estimate as to what an average meal might cost your family.

When you are done, compare that cost to what the price of the Dining Plan would cost you.

  • If it is close, it is probably worth it to go ahead and get the Dining Plan since the Dining Plan is also going to include snacks and a refillable mug.
  • If, however, the Dining Plan costs significantly more than what you'd pay out-of-pocket, it's best to skip it unless you're either
    • willing to lose a little money on it for the convenience of having it, or,
    • you switch up what you plan to order to maximize your credits.
  • And, of course, if you come out ahead - the decision is easy. The Disney Dining Plan would make perfect sense for you then!

Example #1

4 night trip, 1 adult & 1 child
Standard Disney Dining Plan (4 Table Service credits, 4 Quick Service credits, 8 snack credits per person)

  • Meal 1: Breakfast at Be Our Guest (Quick Service meal #1)
    • Adult: $28.00 (fixed price)
    • Child: $15.00 (fixed price)
  • Meal 2: Dinner at Chef Mickey's (Table Service meal #1)
    • Adult: $50.00 (buffet/fixed price)
    • Child: $30.00 (buffet/fixed price)
  • Meal 3: Breakfast at Tusker House (Table Service meal #2)
    • Adult: $33.00 (buffet/fixed price)
    • Child: $20.00 (buffet/fixed price)
  • Meal 4: Dinner at Restaurantosaurus (Quick Service meal #2)
    • Adult: $25.29 (cheeseburger and fries - $13.79 and a margarita $11.50)
    • Child: $9.69 (chicken nuggets meal $9.69)
  • Meal 5: Lunch at Garden Grill (Table Service meal #3)
    • Adult: $40.00 (fixed price/family style)
    • Child:  $23.00 (fixed price/family style)
  • Meal 6: Dinner at Akershus (Table Service meal #4)
    • Adult: $60.00 (fixed price)
    • Child: $37.00 (fixed price)
  • Meal 7: Lunch at Cosmic Rays (Quick Service meal #3)
    • Adult: $16.98 (pulled pork sandwich - $12.99 and a Coke - $3.99)
    • Child: $6.99 (macaroni & cheese - $6.99)
  • Meal 8: Dinner at Pinocchio Village Haus (Quick Service meal #4)
    • Adult: $17.48 (chicken Parmesan - $13.49 and a Coke $3.99)
    • Child: $7.69 (pepperoni flatbread - $7.69)

Table Service meals total (approximately): $293.00
Quick Service meals total (approximately): $127.12

Total if paying out of pocket: about $420.00
Total if paying for Standard Dining Plan: $413.98 (plus you'd get 20 snacks AND a refillable mug worth about $19.00 per person)

Example #2

Now, take a look at this example where we've switched out (in red below) a couple of the Table Service meals. Because one of the meals below requires 2 credits (Cinderella's Royal Table) we are going to have to pay out of pocket for one of the other table service meals and since breakfast at Tusker House is the least expensive we will skip using the Dining Plan there:

  • Meal 1: Breakfast at Be Our Guest (Quick Service meal #1)
    • Adult: $28.00 (fixed price)
    • Child: $15.00 (fixed price)
  • Meal 2: Dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table (Table Service meal #1 - requires 2 credits)
    • Adult: $75.00(buffet/fixed price)
    • Child: $43.00 (buffet/fixed price)
  • Meal 3: Breakfast at Tusker House (Table Service meal #2)
    • Adult: $33.00 (buffet/fixed price)
    • Child: $20.00 (buffet/fixed price)
  • Meal 4: Dinner at Restaurantosaurus (Quick Service meal #2)
    • Adult: $25.29 (cheeseburger and fries - $13.79 and a margarita $11.50)
    • Child: $9.69 (chicken nuggets meal $9.69)
  • Meal 5: Lunch at Garden Grill (Table Service meal #3)
    • Adult: $40.00 (fixed price/family style)
    • Child:  $23.00 (fixed price/family style)
  • Meal 6: Dinner at Biergarten (Table Service meal #4)
    • Adult: $41.00 (fixed price)
    • Child: $22.00 (fixed price)
  • Meal 7: Lunch at Cosmic Rays (Quick Service meal #3)
    • Adult: $16.98 (pulled pork sandwich - $12.99 and a Coke - $3.99)
    • Child: $6.99 (macaroni & cheese - $6.99)
  • Meal 8: Dinner at Pinocchio Village Haus (Quick Service meal #4)
    • Adult: $17.48 (chicken Parmesan - $13.49 and a Coke $3.99)
    • Child: $7.69 (pepperoni flatbread - $7.69)

Table Service meals total (approximately): $297.00
Quick Service meals total (approximately): $127.12

Total if paying out of pocket: about $424.12
Total if paying for Standard Dining Plan: $466.98 ($413.98 + the cost of Garden Grill which is $53.00)

Of course, you'd get snacks and mugs with the Dining Plan (and that definitely adds value!), but you can see where it becomes important to look closely at the numbers and restaurants you are choosing if your goal with the Disney Dining Plan is to save money.

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