2020 Walt Disney World Dining Calculator

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There are now 4 different dining plans that can be added to a Walt Disney World vacation package for guests staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Dining plans are valid for those ages 3+. Each is offered at different price points and while the inclusions are slightly different, they all include 2 snacks per person and a refillable drink mug that can be used at your resort’s quick-service location. In addition to the inclusions above, each dining plan includes:

  • Quick-Service Dining Plan – Includes two quick-service meals per person per night of stay. Quick service meals consist of one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over.
  • Disney Dining Plan – Includes one quick-service meal and one table-service meal per person per night of stay. Quick service meals consist of one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over. Table-service meal entitlements depend on the meal type. For breakfast, meals include one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over, OR one full buffet or Family-Style meal. For lunch and dinner, meals include one entrée, one dessert, and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over, OR one full buffet or Family-Style meal.
  • *NEW: Disney Dining Plan Plus: Includes 2 meals (quick-service OR table-service) per person per night of stay. Quick service meals consist of one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over. Table-service meal entitlements depend on the meal type. For breakfast, meals include one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over, OR one full buffet or Family-Style meal. For lunch and dinner, meals include one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over, OR one full buffet or Family-Style meal.
  • Deluxe Dining Plan – Includes 3 meals (quick-service or table-service) per person per night of stay. Quick service meals consist of one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over. Table-service meal entitlements depend on the meal type. For breakfast, meals include one entrée and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over, OR one full buffet or Family-Style meal. For lunch and dinner, meals include one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and one single serving nonalcoholic or Alcoholic Beverage where available, for Guests 21 and over, OR one full buffet or Family-Style meal.

With so many options to choose from, deciding which dining plan, if any, to add to your vacation package can be a difficult decision to make! Luckily, the Theme Park Professor has developed a tool to aid in this decision.

Directions for using the Theme Park Professor’s Dining Plan Calculator

  • Users must fill in the fields which are highlighted yellow. The type of restaurant can be chosen from the drop-down menu. (QS= quick-service; TS= table-service)
  • Users should refer to the menus located on the Walt Disney World website and input the cost of each item that they would order during their meal into the spreadsheet.
  • Users need to specify the number of nights that they will be staying at their Walt Disney World Resort hotel.
  • The calculator assumes each meal costs one credit. For those that cost two credits, it is recommended that you split the cost between two different days or two different meals.

To get the most accurate analysis, it is recommended to examine one table-service location per day as opposed to multiple table-service locations one day and none on another. Credits can be used however the guest wishes but the program does not account for that. You must analyze each person of your group separately. Determine which plan works best for your group based on the one that works for the majority. Although the spreadsheet calculates the cost for both an adult and a child, the user must determine which scenario is being examined.

This tool is provided for estimation purposes only to aid in the determination of the dining plan that would be best.

Written by Adjunct Professor Nicole Newgas, KTTW Travel