I have put together an updated version of the dining plan and included some common questions that have been asked over the past year since the plan was introduced last January. After reading this page and your question has not been answered, please post and we will do our best to give you the correct answer. Also if I've forgotten something, please post & i will update the thread. From the Disney Web Site: (current as of October 20, 2006) For each night of your package, the Disney Dining Plan includes the following meals for each Guest in your o One (1) Table-Service Meal Includes appetizer, entree, dessert or full buffet and non-alcoholic beverage as well as gratuity (children ages 3-9 must choose from the children's menu if available; appetizer & dessert not available at breakfast but juice is o One (1) Counter-Service Meal Includes entree, dessert or one complete combo meal, and non-alcoholic beverage (children ages 3-9 must choose from the children's menu if available)** dessert not available at breakfast o One (1) Snack What Can You Get With Snack Credits? As of May 2006, Disney has expanded the items available with Dining Plan snack credits. Disney is now generally defining a "snack" on the Disney Dining Plan be an item under $4 (pre-tax), edible, non-alcoholic, non-merchandise and non-souvenir. Some items such as pizza slices are excluded. Snacks can be redeemed at quick service or snack cart locations only. Quick-service and snack cart locations display a "dining plan" logo on their menus indicating items for which you can use your snack credits. Among the items now available with Dining Plan snack credits: ice cream novelty frozen fruit bar box of popcorn 12 oz soft drink 20 oz Powerade 24 oz bottle of water piece of fruit bottled fruit juice flavored milk snack-sized bag of chips ice cream sundaes ice cream floats smoothies nachos bakery items Mickey rice krispy treats DISers have also been confirming after their trips what snacks they were able to purchase with their credits. An updated list is here: http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1109080&page=1&pp=15 If you have something to add that is not listed, please post. o As an added benefit, you may exchange 2 table-service meals for either 1 Signature Dining Experience at one of our finest restaurants, such as the acclaimed Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or for 1 Disney Dinner Show, such as Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. o Select Downtown Disney® restaurants may require a surcharge for certain entree items. Here is the link to the brochure from Disney about the package. It has the most current list of restaurants on the plan. http://brianandrobbie.com/wdw/MYWDining.pdf For future planning. Here is a link to the 2007 dining brochure: http://adisneyworld.disney.go.com/m...agespecific/eng/nontheme/tickets/07Dining.pdf For information on all dining packages offered by Disney click this link: http://www.wdwinfo.com/magicyourway-2006.htm or try this link: http://www.allearsnet.com/pl/packages06.htm Now, for some of the more common questions about the plan. How much does the plan cost? It is $37.99 for adults and $10.99 for children 3-9 years old. This is the cost per night of stay and is required for each night of your stay. The price of the plan includes tax & tip. Do I have to stay onsite? Yes, you must be staying at a Disney hotel and book a package. You must at least purchase a basic one day ticket, but you do not have to purchase a ticket that matches the number of nights you are staying. Is this the same as the DDE card I keep reading about? No, it is not the same thing. DISNEY'S DINING EXPERIENCE is a dining discount program for eligible Florida residents and annual passholders 21 and older good for 20 percent off food and beverage at a number of Walt Disney World Resort hotel and theme park restaurants and lounges. Here is a great thread that explains DDE: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=819460 How many credits do I receive? The number of credits you receive is based on the number of nights you are staying at the resort. How far in advance can I add the dining plan before my arrival? The dining plan can be added to your package until 5 days before your arrival. Can I still get my AP or other discounts? As of today, you must pay rack rate for the room and puchase at least a one day base ticket for each member of your party, unless you book your entire package with AAA. Can I get the dining plan if I am a DVC owner? As of April 1, 2006 DVC owners & renters will be able to purchase the dining plan. DVC owners & renters are not required to purchase tickets with the dining plan. Can I share meals? Yes, you can share the meals unless they are from a buffet or all you can eat. Can I pay for my childs meal and save his/her TS/CS credits for another day? Yes, you can. You will be given a separate ticket with tax. Double check your receipt. Most Disney establishments will automatically add 18% gratutity. Can I pay for my child's meal and use their TS credit for another adult meal? Sorry, meal entitlements can not be shared between adults and children age 3-9. I've read at some sit down restaurants that a child's appetizer was not included with their meal. Why not? The brochure states that children must order from the children's menu where available. Also as of 10/06 Disney has revamped the children's menu to more preplated items that include the appetizer Is the tip really included? What percent do they give the server? Can I tip more? Yes, the tip and tax are included. As of 2006 the servers receive 18% tip on the total of the bill, so they are willing to show you how to best use the plan because it increases their tip. And yes, you can tip your server additional $$$ and may be a great thing to do for wonderful service. Do character meals counts as (2) TS credits? Only CRT is a (2) TS credits all other character meals are (1) TS What other restaurants require (2) TS credits? Signature restaurants requiring 2 TS credits: Artist Point (Wilderness Lodge) California Grill (Contemporary Resort) CRT character breakfast/lunch/dinner with photo package (Magic Kingdom) Citricos (Grand Floridian) Flying Fish Café (Boardwalk Inn & Villas) Hollywood Brown Derby (MGM Studios) Jiko - The Cooking Place (Animal Kingdom Lodge) Narcoossee's (Grand Floridian) Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club) Dinner Shows requiring 2 TS credits: Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Polynesian) Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (Fort Wilderness) Mickey's Backyard Barbeque (Fort Wilderness) ROOM SERVICE (Thank you DebIreland for providing this) Are you only allowed to do (1) one character meals per stay? No you can go to one everyday of your vacation if you like. What if I want to attend a character breakfast and have a sit-down meal the same day? The credits are yours to use however you wish. Is the package a good deal? The answer to this question depends on you and your family. You need to determine how much you save doing your trip with and without the plan. For some, it is a better deal to get the discounts, but for others, the food expense is greater than the amount saved. You need to review the list of participating restaurants and try to set up a sample meal plan for your trip. Make sure to include all your snacks, drinks, tax and tip. Try to compare apples to apples. Make out your list showing where you would eat if on the plan. Then compare where you would eat if not on the plan, but were still able to eat what you wanted. Then compare that with how you would eat if Disney did not have this plan at all. Quote: Originally Posted by goodferry Those who are considering using the MYW dining plan and are not sure if it will save them money should look at the menus at www.allearsnet.com to see the prices of what they would normally order to help them decide, this is what we did and that's what convinced us the plan was a good deal for us. Everything I've seen references ages 3-9 for children. What if there is a child under 3 on the reservation? Do you just pay OOP for them? Children under 3 are free which means they can share from your plate. Some have changed their childs age so they are eligible for the dining plan but in turn you would have to buy the child a park ticket too. Are add-ons such as shrimp or sides included in the plan? No they are not. Okay what about glow cubes, pizza delivery, mini-bars,souvenir or refillable mugs These are also not included in the plan & would have to be paid for seperately. Quote: Originally Posted by oybolshoi we are going to WDW in October - would this be available for use at the food booths in EPCOT for the Food and Wine Festival? I assume if it can that it would be subtracted from the snack credit portion of the plan. Yes. Use of your snack credits is once again allowed. Here is a list of the items available: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1239133 (Thank you DelawareMike for providing this) What if I go offsite for the day, do I lose my credits? No you do not lose them. They are for the entire trip. You could, in theory, save all your snack credits and use them on your last day. When do my credits expire? Your credits will expire at midnight the day of your check-out. Is there a special menu we must order from? No, you order from the regular restaurant menu. Isnt this a lot of food? Is it still cost effective if we do not order/eat the appetizer or dessert? Each family needs to determine if it is cost effective for them. You do not have to order the appetizer or dessert. If you are too full, then dont. Many families have reported that they ordered a dessert they could take with them to the park, such as a muffins or cookies. Doesnt this plan force me to stick to a schedule? You can look at it that way, but others like knowing that they have a reservation made at a certain restaurant for a certain time. You can always call and cancel the reservation when you are on site and change your mind. If I order my meal, but do not get dessert, can I order it later? It has been reported that when ordering ice cream at counter service locations, you can have your receipt stamped. This allows you to return to the restaurant after you finish your meal so your ice cream isn't a sloopy mess Do I have to make Priority Seating arrangements for all my Table Service meals? No you do not HAVE to, but for many/most of the restaurants it is a good idea. If you have your heart set on eating at a special place, make the reservation so you know you have a spot. You can walk up the day you are in the park and put yourself on the walkup list, but you may have a long wait. You also do not have to tell them you are on the dining plan when you make the reservation. Does the family have to eat together, or can we split up? The way I understand it, the credits are put on all the cards, so you can split up and eat. They are subtracted the same way as if you were all eating together. So, Mom and daughter can go to one place, and Dad and son can head to another and eat at the same time. Or the kids can ditch the parents and eat what they want. In addition you can ask for a key without the ability to use the credits if you want. So if you want to make sure you see your teenager every now and then you can hold the food hostage.It is just like how you can pick which room keys have charging privledges. RobinB has created spreadsheet to help you with your planning: I came up with an Excel Spreadsheet MYM Dining Planner to help me use my MYM Dining Credits. It tracks the total number of Counter Service and Table Service Credits, each meal for every day of the plan (up to 11, the maximum), the restaurants for each meal and how many credits used for each meal. It then calculates how many credits you have remaining so you can adjust your meal schedule to use all your credits. It's here: http://personalpages.tds.net/~rb/DIS/MYM-Dining-Planner.xls You are welcome to copy, download or change it for your own use. The spreadsheet is protected so the fields that are calculated wouldn't be accidentally overwritten, but it doesn't have a password so you can unprotect it if you wish. Here are some more very useful links to help you: (Thank you again RobinB) All Disney Restaurants By Credit Type: http://personalpages.tds.net/~rb/DIS/MYW Dining/MYWDiningRestaurants.htm The second spreadsheet was originally created by Mouse Eared Kiwi. She did 95% of all the leg work looking up the prices, etc. I did a little more research and massaged the data and put it in a different format. These links are invaluable when choosing restaurants to maximize your dining plan. Great job RobinB & Mouse Eared Kiwi!!! Restaurants Ranked By Value Per Credit http://personalpages.tds.net/~rb/DIS/MYW Dining/DisneyDiningRanking.htm Note: click on "Ranking" tab to see analysis. __________________ ~ Robin Here is a list of limitation/exclusions/observations posted by Disers of the Dining Plan: (Thank you LewisC & Bicker for your post) 1) Earl of Sandwich--fountain drink and cookie for dessert 2) Tangerine--limits your dessert 3) The Lunching Pad - no dessert 4) Teppanyaki-Lobster & Sushi not available unless paying OOP. These items are now listed seperate from the entrees as "Specialties" 5) Pepper Market- Dessert options with CS only allowed from Tier 1 6) Raglan Road-Dessert "Sampler"