Hello interwebs! Welcome back it’s your friendly neighborhood redhead here and today we are going to be talking Resturants, Disney Dining Plan, and Vacation Planning.
Week 25 of Disney Planning means that you are quickly approaching the 180-day mark. For those of you that are planning your first Disney trip that means planning and reserving the restaurants for your trip. Now, this is specifically talking about Table Service restaurants. Since the Disney Dining Plan has changed for this year I am going to go into that in a little bit of detail.
Now first off, what is a Disney Dining Plan? A Disney Dining Plan is something that you can purchase for your stay if you are planning on staying at any of the on-property hotels. This plan comes with, snacks, quick service, and table service meals per person, per day of your stay. This can make budgeting for meals a lot easier and in the end, you do actually save a bit of money doing it this way. Now, here is some break down of the lingo:
Snack Credit: fairly self-explanatory, the usual popcorn and churros and so much more.
Quick Service Credit: This is the easier, faster option of a table service; a quick service restaurant is one of the ones where you go up and order and get your food on a tray.These will usually be the places you eat at for lunch.
Table Service Credit: This is a sit-down, usually nicer restaurant. Be careful, some of the places that you will book a table service credit will cost TWO credits. Make sure you are being mindful of this when you book reservations. These will usually be the places you eat for dinner, or a nicer lunch or breakfast.
Now that you know the lingo I’m going to go into the new dining plan and how many credits you get depending on what tier of the dining plan you choose. I will also offer my recommendations for the best deals and what my family is planning on doing for our upcoming trip.
The New Dining Plan has three new tiers that you can choose depending on your family and circumstances these tiers include: The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan, The “Original” Disney Dining Plan, and lastly The Disney Delux Dining Plan. As you can imagine, each of these gets incrementally more expensive and you get a bigger number of credits as you move up as well. All of these Plans are listed on the Disney website, so I am going to skip the specific details and give a little overview of what my family is doing for our upcoming trip. Since we are a family of three, staying for 7 days in a Vacation Club villa ( with a kitchen and access to groceries) we decided to pick The “Original” Disney Dining Plan. I added the word ” original” because this is the basic plan that most people go with. This plan includes 2 Snack Credits, 1 Quick Service Credit, and 1 Table Service credit, per-person per-day of your stay. This made the most sense to us because we aren’t super heavy eaters so we can either use our snack credits for breakfast or make them in our kitchen. Using this plan we decided that it would be most economical to use the Quick Service credits for lunch and then use our Table Service Credits for dinner.
This is where that note of checking credit uses comes in handy. For example, our favorite restaurant Cape May Cafe at the Yacht Club and Beach Resort used to cost 2 Table service credits per person while it was the signature restaurant in that area. This means that we used to plan to eat out one night ( meaning out of pocket) in order to go to that restaurant. When you are planning your stay make sure you add up all of the credits for the places you are using and see if it all adds up. Also, make sure to scour the web to see if there are any places that are more bang for your credits. For instance, Be Our Guest, the Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant in the Magic Kingdom is a Table Service Credit for dinner but, it is a Quick Service Credit for breakfast and lunch if you make a reservation ahead of time, as it fills up quickly.
Overall, my main point is to make sure you plan ahead. If you don’t plan ahead when it comes to restaurants, oftentimes you won’t be able to eat where you want to and get some of those great meal experiences. I reccomend searching through youtube and finding some videos on resturaunt reviews so you can get an idea of places that you cannot miss while on your stay.
Well that’s all I have time for! Make sure to watch my youtube video on this topic coming out on friday as well!
Have fun and happy planning,