Upon setting foot on any Disney hotel, lots of surprises await guests not just in terms of how awesome their service is, but also for the convenience that they are offered in terms of the dining experience. In line with this, these hotels, along with Disney Vacation Clubs, offer the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan for its guests during their entire stay.
Dining in Disney Orlando hotels and resorts come in different packages, each of them having a particular budget bracket and each having different meals to serve. The first and the most expensive one is the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. With this plan, you are entitled to a complete set of meals from appetizers to desserts. Another plan you can avail is the Disney Dining Plan which offers a few of the same meals served at the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan at much lower price bracket. Last but not the least, you also have the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan — which serves you on-the-go snacks and casual meals that are simple and quick to prepare.
Offering the quickest service time yet the scrumptious food, take a deeper, more detailed look at the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan.
What is a Disney Quick Service Dining Plan?
With the goal of helping guests choose and plan their meals ahead of time (and to guide their workers on what to serve, of course), Disney-owned-and-operated hotels are giving guests the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan, where they can apply for a meal package prior to their arrival to these hotels and vacation clubs. They have a wide array of options for potential guests to choose from covering different meals.
Operating through the “voucher system”, the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan is open to customers who will avail the Magic Your Way Package or book using Disney Vacation Club points and will have the option to choose a meal for themselves and have them prepared ahead of time. Through the vouchers, the customer indicates the meals that he or she wants to avail of his or her package, the number of servings and the date he or she wants it served.
The management counts the guest’s meal per night during their stay. For each night the guest stays in, he or she, along with his friends or family members are given an allotment of quick services which are two (2) quick service meals and two (2) snacks. This deal’s content is still subject to change, depending on the package deal you will avail. The guests’ consumption will be monitored electronically through your Magic Band Key or you Key to the World Card. After every meal, visitors can monitor the meals that they have consumed through a receipt that will indicate the number of meals you have left to consume.
Meals and snacks can be consumed in any order during your entire stay until the balance drops at zero or until midnight of the night after you check out.
What can I expect from the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan?
As excellent as their services are, Disney assures their customers that regardless of their package or service plan, and even their time or season or placing the order (whether it is peak season or not)—they offer nothing but the best. Regardless of your food preferences and budget, you are sure to find a package that will give you what you want to have and what you already have.
How do I get my own Disney Quick Service Dining Plan?
As mentioned earlier, these are the following conditions or activities that one must follow or have in order to avail a Disney Quick Service Dining Plan. These are easy, simple conditions you can apply or sign up for:
- Those who will stay in at any Disney-owned-and-operated hotels
- Those who will book through the Magic Your Way card or Disney Vacation Club points
Once you made your steps to make sure you belong to any of the given conditions, you can browse online for the packages that you can avail.
The first step in choosing your Disney Quick Service Dining Plan is to think of which restaurant you would like to spend your meals in. With this, you might also want to consider the Disney-owned-and-operated hotel where you want to stay for a particular period of time.
This convenience offered through the dining service plan can be availed at over 100 locations throughout Walt Disney and Walt Disney World Resort.
What are some of the Disney Quick Service Dining Plans that I can have?
Under all Disney Quick Service Dining Plan, every customer aged three and above will receive two quick service meals and two snacks, along with a mug which can be refilled through the self-service beverage island at any Quick Service Stations at Disney Resort hotel. For every quick service meal, each guest will be given an entrée and a non-alcoholic beverage.
As for the snacks that you have numerous options to choose from which includes the following:
- Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
- Popcorn scoop
- 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
- Prepackaged milk or juice
- Piece of whole fruit
- Bag of snacks
- 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
- 20 oz. fountain soft drink
As for the beverages, guests may opt to avail a soda, tea or water with any of these packages.
These are all applicable for any package which you’d like avail anytime within 2017. More surprises await you for the 2018 packages.
To qualify for the 2017 package, you have to make sure that you will place your orders or reservation within the year and consume or utilize the reserved package in that same year. Keep in mind that the 2017 package will be the one you will have to consume even if your stay will extend until 2018. As for the 2018 plan, you can only make reservations for that year and utilize the package dining service deal by that same year as well.
Bearing a new name, 2018 also has promising deals and features which were not available in the 2017 package. In the 2018 package, guests will have the option to include an alcoholic beverage in their package—under the condition that the guest and those who will avail of this privilege are aged 21 years and above. Upon availing this privilege, guests 21 years of age must present a valid ID as a proof that they are indeed within the assigned minimum age requirement.
In addition, the 2018 Disney Quick Service Dining Plan package will offer the following additional meals and drinks to guests.
A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
- Artisanal Milkshakes
- Fresh Smoothies
- Premium Hot Chocolate
- Soda, Coffee or Tea
A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
- Beer or Cider
- Wine or Sangria
- Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails
The table below indicates the packages you can avail and its pricing.
What do I do when I get there and want to consume the meals I’ve reserved?
As mentioned earlier, you can use your Magic bands (which come in colorful Disney-inspired designs) or cards to redeem the meals. Simply present them to the cashier or the server at any participating Disney restaurants. After that, just do what you usually do when you dine in, indicate the meals you want to redeem and—voila! You have a very easy and very convenient way of dining during your stay in.
For all sorts of special dietary requirements, guests should indicate them at the time of booking of their meal reservations or talk to the chef or manager upon arrival at the restaurant or snack bar.
If you are using a MagicBand or card to redeem meals in a different party, you will have to indicate to the servers which meal you are going to redeem through each valid Disney resort ID. Kids aged 3 to 9 years old will have to order from a children’s menu wherever it may be available.
In case of having to bring kids below three years of age, adults accompanying the child may share food from their plate. This option is free of charge unless of course an additional serving of the meal will be ordered for the child.
Keeping Track of Your Meal Consumption
You can always ask a receipt for the meals that you have consumed. The said receipt will indicate the meals consumed and the meals left for you to consume.
There is also another way you can have to check out your remaining meals (if in case you lost your latest receipt, you forgot to ask for it or even if you’ve just simply forgotten it)—and that is through inquiry. You may ask the concierge or guest relations officer to get another receipt indicating those details for you.
Other Reminders in Dining
Upon dining, there are few things that you must keep in mind before planning and even booking for a meal. This will prevent you from having to unexpectedly spend huge amounts of money for expenses and fees (and even inconveniences) you might encounter in the actual date of your trip, stay in or dining.
- Disney dining plan locations are subject to change without notice or liability.
- Theme Park admission is required for some dining locations.
- Operational hours may vary.
- Disney dining plan meals and snacks may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded.
- Disney dining plan meal and snack entitlements are based on the length of your package stay at your Disney Resort hotel.
- The owners of the Walt Disney World Resort shall not be responsible for the non-utilization of package components due to refurbishing, capacity, inclement weather or any circumstance beyond their control.
As made evident by the package options and the prices, the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan is indeed one high-quality affordable dining option for everyone wanting to give more value to their money. Not only are these meal packages coming at a low price—the meals you can have and the food you can choose to add to your meal package are so varied you are sure to find something to everyone having different tastes.
On top of that, the 2018 package additions are promising, something worth waiting for and of course, definitely worth trying. Though the wait may be quite long, the additional meals and privileges are worth the wait.
You can go online to the official website of Disney World to choose and reserve a package and set the exact date when you want to consume the food included in your package and where in the Disney resort facilities would you like to have these meals served and consumed.
Regardless of the package you choose for your vacation and stay-in with your friends or family, you are sure to have a scrumptious meal served the fastest yet cleanest and fanciest way possible—all adding up to the fantasy-like experience you could have tried in the nearby Disney World. So what are you waiting for—book now and taste these meals yourself.