Deluxe Dining Plan

By Darren Wittko

Can you save money with the deluxe dining plan?

The Deluxe Dining Plan at Walt Disney World includes 3 Table Service meals and 2 snacks per person, per package night. It’s ideal for shorter days at Walt Disney World and for those who are interested in experiencing Dinner Shows, Character Meals, and Signature Dining experiences.

Redeeming Meals for Special Experiences

With 3 Table Service entitlements for each package night, you will certainly have multiple opportunities to do more than just Table Service dining. In fact, you’ll need to do more than Table Service if you want to break even - like Disney Signature Dining and dinner shows.

For example if you redeem 1 Table Service entitlement for a Character Breakfast at the Crystal Palace restaurant. Then, for dinner, you dine at Cinderella's Royal Table, which will cost you 2 table service entitlements. With the snacks and refillable mug, you'd save money with Deluxe Dining Plan.

Dinner Shows at Disney are great fun, especially Hoop Dee Doo, the longest running stage show in America! With the Deluxe Dining Plan, two Table Service entitlements may be redeemed for Category 1 seating at the 8:30 p.m. show or Category 2 and 3 anytime.  The best value is Category 1, the most expensive option at $72 per person age 10+. By combining a Dinner Show with a Character Dining experience, you would exceed the cost of the Deluxe Dining Plan for the day and be ahead.

Best Places to use the Deluxe Dining Plan

The following Disney Signature Restaurants / Dinner Shows offer the greatest value for your Deluxe Dining Plan entitlements. They have higher than average prices compared to other experiences. 

The Boathouse - Disney Springs
Cinderella’s Royal Table - Magic Kingdom
Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show - Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review - Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort
Le Cellier Steakhouse - Epcot
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ - Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort
Narcoossee’s - Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Rivers of Light Dining Package - Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
STK Orlando - Disney Springs
Yachtsman Steakhouse - Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Is the Deluxe Dining Plan Right For You?

This plan is ideal for those who enjoy fine dining, dinner shows, character meals. But even still, it's a lot of food. You're most-likely interested in the different activities at Walt Disney World rather than rides. Honeymooners often buy Deluxe Dining because they are more likely to dine at the Disney Signature restaurants.

Having enough time to sit through 3 Table Service meals in one day would be difficult, you'd essentially be eating your way through Disney World - not that there's anything wrong with that! 

A Look at the Deluxe Dining plan

With the Deluxe Dining Plan, each guest will receive the following per package night:

  • 3 Table Service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 Rapid Fill Resort refillable mug (unlimited use at your resort's beverage fountain) 

Redeeming Table Service Meals

A table service meal includes:

  • Appetizer
  • Entree
  • Dessert
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older)

Gratuities are not included except at Cinderella's Royal Table, Room Service and Dinner Shows. 

The Snack Option

Most participating snack items can be found at carts and kiosks inside the parks. Often this will be a box of popcorn, a piece of fruit, or an ice cream novelty. Your snack entitlement can also be redeemed for select beverages (coffee, tea, soda or water) though beverages typically cost less than a snack. To boost the value of your snack options head to one of the Starbucks Coffee locations in the Theme Parks or the bakery items at the resort hotels. These items are typically valued at $5 and above whereas a bottle of water in the Theme Parks is only $2.75.

Unlimited Refills

Each person will receive a Rapid Fill Resort Refillable Mug that can be used unlimited times through midnight of your checkout day. The refill locations can be found at the quick service restaurants at each Walt Disney World Resort hotel. The mugs cannot be refilled inside the Theme Parks. 

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Last Update: May 2018 by Darren Wittko