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Disney Dining Plan 101: Part Two

Guide To Learning About The Quick Service Dining Plan

As I posted in the previous Dining Plan post, I am going to break down the 3 levels of plans so that I can offer more details. Remember that the dining plans are only available for guests who have booked vacation packages through the Disney website or calling The Disney Travel Company and include on-site resort reservations or Disney Vacation Club members.
The Quick Service Dining Plan includes two counter-service meals and two snacks at any location that offers quick service meals all across the Walt Disney World Resort, including all four theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, and Disney Springs. Look for the Dining Plan logo if you are not sure or you can ask any cast member. There is a picture of the logo in my first post Dining Plan post.
If you are wondering what counter service is, you can compare it to fast food service where you walk up to a counter and order your food.  I would suggest you look up Disney Dining and get an idea of all thats out there. There is a very large range of food items available and you wont be disappointed if you are looking for something other than hamburgers and hot dogs. Your plan includes an entrée or complete combo meal and a beverage for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Two snacks per day are also included in the dining plan. There is a large variety of snacks offered and you can look for the Dining Plan Logo or ask any cast member. Each member of your party will receive a resort refillable mug when you arrive. This drink mug can be refilled for free at any time during your stay at your resort. Unfortunately they cannot be used in the theme parks or water parks. It's still nice to have free drinks when you are at the pool or dining at the food court for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  We also enjoy getting a drink when we return from the parks at night on our way back to our room. After we get home, the kids love making hot chocolate in their drink mugs. I love them in the car as they prevent a lot of spills. A free souvenir that you can enjoy for a long time.
As for prices, for 2017, the dining plan is an additional $48.19 (tax included) per adult or kids 10 years old and up per day of your stay. For children ages 3 9, the additional cost is 20.99 per child per day of your stay. The prices for 2018 are $52.50 and $21.75. Every member of your party has to be on the same dining plan.
The Quick Service dining plan works especially well if you are only traveling with teens and they are more interested in using their time for rides and attractions and want to grab quick meals on the go. Now that everything in your resort package is loaded on your Magic Bands, they would only have to scan their band to grab a quick meal. Of course, you need to let them know that they have to watch their limits for the day or they will run out of credits before the vacation is over.
Just remember that everyone has to be on the same plan, so mom and dad would have to also do the Quick Service plan, but the convenience and savings make it worthwhile. With a little research on the Disney Dining site mom and dad can find some great places to eat on the Quick Service plan.
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