Disney Quick Service Dining Plan
discover new ways to boost your savings
The Quick Service Dining Plan is offered to guests as both, a convenience and a way to save money. But we also know that Disney needs make a profit on it, obviously they can't just give free food away. So how do they do it? For starters, menu prices are slightly inflated i.e, the $9 hamburger meal but Disney also bets on the fact that many guests won't use an optimized strategy to actually save real dollars on it. And if you don't use an optimized strategy to save money, odds are you won't meet or exceed the cost of the dining plan.
Boost Your Quick Service Dining Plan Entitlements: 12 Expensive Meals
Below you'll find a sample of 12 expensive menu items throughout Walt Disney World that participate in the Quick Service Dining Plan. In general, you’ll want to order items $13 and above to have the best chance of saving money.
Creating an Optimized Dining Strategy
Our research shows that the Quick Service plan is a good deal for children ages 3-9. But in order for adults to save money with the Quick Service Dining Plan, it cannot be left to chance. To save money advance planning is required and it starts with researching the online menus at the official Walt Disney World website or unofficial websites such as TouringPlans.com. Sometimes TouringPlans has more current information.
In the example below we see how one guest saved $11.21 in just one day with the Quick Service Dining Plan. She ordered a total of $56.46 worth of meals, beverages, and snacks but only paid $48.19.
By optimizing the Quick Service Dining Plan in advance, you can make a plan of the best places to eat. If you save $10 or $11 dollars per person, per day, the savings can really add up.
Disney Quick Service Entitlements
With the Quick Service Dining Plan each guest will receive:
- 2 quick-service meals
- 2 snacks
- 1 resort refillable mug
These entitlements are per person, per package night. The refillable mug can be used at your hotel’s beverage fountain for soft drinks, coffee and tea. These entitlements can be used at any time through midnight of your departure day.
A quick service meal is similar to a fast-food style restaurant: you place an order at the counter, pick up your tray, and find a place to sit. Most quick service dining locations offer combo meals i.e., burger, fries, and a drink.
Not Just Burgers and Fries
Many quick service restaurants have decent entrees that go way beyond typical theme park fare. For example, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe at the Magic Kingdom offers a rotisserie half chicken dinner. It’s not half-bad either. Sunshine Seasons at Epcot offers a wide array of healthy options including a slow-roasted pork chop dinner with a side of wild rice.
The Dessert Option
Each quick service meal includes a dessert option but only when redeemed for lunch and dinner. Expect a cupcake, brownie, cookie, yogurt, or a piece of cake. It’s probably something you would skip if you weren’t on the Quick Service Dining Plan but you can always save it for later.
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, an ice cream bar, (try the Mickey Bar!) 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.
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.
Is the Quick Service Dining Plan right for you?
The 2017 cost of the Quick Service Dining Plan is $48.19 for ages 10+ and $20.88 for children ages (3-9). Quick Service dining is ideal for those who don’t want to be locked into an itinerary driven by dining reservations. This is often the case with the Basic Disney Dining Plan and the Deluxe Dining Plan. All three Dining Plans offer a convenience to those who prefer to have the bulk of their vacation expenses paid for in advance. If you are going to worry about dining expenses while on vacation, go with a dining plan. You should enjoy your time at Disney, not stress about costs.
Avoid these Quick Service Dining Plan Mistakes
- Using the Quick Service Dining Plan for Breakfast is a poor value. There’s no dessert option and prices tend to be cheaper than lunch and dinner.
- Not all snacks are the same! Some are worth only $2 while others exceed $5. Ice cream bars and pastry items are often the best value.
- While technically considered a snack option, bottled water and other beverages are a poor value unless it’s at one of the Starbucks locations.
The Quick Service Dining Plan Might be Right for you if...
- You don't want to be locked into a vacation itinerary driven by dining reservations
- You're going to stress about the cost of dining while on vacation
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Prices and dining locations mentioned on this page are subject to change without notice. Please consult the official Walt Disney World website for current pricing and availability.
Last Update: February 2017 by Darren Wittko