Disney World has a fine selection of restaurants. Did you know there are over 90 full service restaurants to choose from? In the Disney Dining section of our website, we will explain the Disney Dining plan, give you tips for how to best use it, and eventually review as many of the restaurants as possible! This page is a comprehensive overview of the Disney Dining experience.

Understanding the Disney Dining Plans

Food is a big part of the Disney World Experience. While all food does have a price attached to it, Disney always has a way to pre-pay for food as part of your overall trip package. When you prepay for this food, you get a certain amount of food every day. Before we break down each of the 3 Disney Dining packages, you need to understand some of the terms and labels that Disney uses to categorize food.

Snack Credit: A set number of snacks, per person, are included in every plan.  A snack credit can be redeemed for a drink or a snack, such as an ice cream bar.  The number of snacks you get depends on the plan you get, and the number of people in your party.  Some snacks are better than others, so it makes sense to plan ahead to make the most of these credits.  For instance, using a snack on a bottled water makes little sense when you can bring bottled waters in from Amazon or your local grocery store. All the snack credits are lumped together on your account. So if 4 people each get 14 credits a piece, your Disney app will lump them all together and show 56 available credits.

Quick-Service Meal: A quick-service meal is typically a fast-food type of meal that can be purchased throughout the Disney parks and in the resorts. A Quick-Service meal will include one entree and one drink. For guests 21 years of age or older, that drink can be alcoholic! You’ll also hear the term “Counter-service” meals.  These two expressions are basically interchangeable and refer to restaurants that don’t have servers and are ordered at a counter.

Each person will get a set number of QSM’s per day, and as an interesting side note, the system makes no distinction between a child’s QSM and an adult’s. So if your child is 5 and doesn’t have a big appetite, you can use their QSM credit for an adult meal.

Tip: A Quick-Service Meal can be converted to 3 snack credits! To avoid having to use the 3 credits in a single transaction, you can go to the front desk at your resort and they can convert them for you.

Table-Service Meal: A table-service meal is going to be a traditional sit-down restaurant with a server.  You will usually need to make reservations for these meals.  If you don’t make reservations and try to go last minute, you’ll find that all of the best restaurants are booked. A Table-Service Meal will include an entree, a dessert, and a drink. As with the QSM, the drinks can be alcoholic. If the restaurant is a buffet, a TSM credit will cover the cost of the buffet and a drink.

There are three important factors to remember when choosing table-service meals:

  1. Many of the nicer restaurants are called “Signature Dining” experiences. These cost 2 Table-Service credits per person!

  2. Unlike the Quick-Service credits, there is a difference in adult and child credits. You’ll clearly see the distinction between and adult credit and a child credit on your receipts and on the Disney app.

  3. Tips are not included in the price! The expected tip is 15-20% of the total cost of the bill. Since a family of 4 is going to have a bill between 150 and 200 dollars, you’ll need to expect to spend 30-40 dollars on tips for each Table-Service restaurant.

2019 Disney World Dining Plans

In 2019 there are 3 different dining plans to choose from.

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

The Quick-Service plan is a great choice for budget-conscious guests or for those guests who don’t want to spend a lot of time in restaurants.

Each person in your group ages 3 and up will receive the following for each night of their package stay:

  • 2 snacks

  • 2 Quick-Service Meals

Guests will also receive a refillable drink mug that can be used at the Disney resorts. Each QSM will include one alcoholic beverage for all guests 21 and up.

Disney Dining Plan

The standard plan has a great mix of quick restaurants and table-service restaurants. Most of the time this is the dining plan that my family chooses.

Each person in your group will receive the following for each night of their package stay:

  • 1 Quick-Service Credit

  • 1 Table-Service Credit

  • 2 Snacks

Guests will also receive a refillable drink mug that can be used at the Disney resorts. Each QSM will include one alcoholic beverage for all guests 21 and up.

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

The deluxe plan is for guests who want the most meals! It should be noted that the deluxe dining plan is significantly more expensive than the other two.

Each person in your group will receive the following for each night of their package stay:

  • 3 Meals

  • 2 Snacks

Guests will also receive a refillable drink mug that can be used at the Disney resorts. Each QSM will include one alcoholic beverage for all guests 21 and up.

Which Dining Plan should you choose? Get our breakdown on the best Disney dining plan for your family at our article on Choosing a Disney Dining plan.