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Dining plans at Central Florida theme parks can help you streamline your vacation plans by paying in advance for your meals during your theme park visit. Meal plans offer the convenience of not carrying cash for dining. The plans are flexible, typically allowing you to choose between full-service and quick-service options, and you can use your plan at any of several restaurants in each park. A dining plan also allows you to set your food budget for your park visit in advance.

Disney Dining Plans

Unlike other parks, Disney dining plans are available only as part of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package. The packages also include a hotel stay and theme park tickets. Guests simply present their Disney Resort ID card or MagicBand to the server or cashier, and the meals are deducted from your total. The Disney Dining Plan has three options guests can choose:
  • The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan includes three table-service meals and two snacks daily, and a refillable drink mug that can be used at any self-service beverage islands at any Disney Resort.
  • The Disney Dining Plan provides one table-service meal, one quick-service meal, and two snacks each day, along with a refillable drink mug.
  • The Quick-Service Dining Plan includes two quick-service meals and two snacks, plus a refillable drink mug.

The Disney Dining Plans have adult and child (ages 3-9) pricing levels, and do not include gratuities. Some restaurants require two meal credits, rather than just one, so you should plan your restaurant choices in advance. For table-service restaurants, it’s a good idea to make reservations. You can book a reservation online up to 180 days in advance.

Universal Dining Plans

Universal OrlandoTM offers a choice of dining plans, and not all of them require a hotel stay. Good at over 100 locations throughout Universal Studios FloridaTM, Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, and Universal CityWalkTM, the dining plans include:

  • The Universal Dining Plan® is only available as part of a vacation package, and provides one full-service meal, one quick-service meal, one snack, and one non-alcoholic beverage each day.
  • The Universal Dining Plan – Quick Service® gives you one quick-service meal, one snack, and one non-alcoholic beverage per day. For an additional charge, you can add a refillable souvenir mug that allows you to get unlimited Coca-Cola freestyle® soft drinks all day.

Universal Dining Plans also have adult and child (ages 3-9) pricing, and children must order from the children’s menu. Gratuities are not included. You don’t have to purchase the Universal Dining Plan – Quick Service in advance; you can buy them when you order your meal at participating locations in the park. Just order your food and when paying, ask for the Quick Service dining plan.  

Sea World® Orlando and Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay All-Day Dining Deal

These sister parks offer an all-day dining pass to select locations at each park, and you can purchase the plan in advance or when you arrive in the parks. The All-Day Dining Deal allows you to eat as often as once each hour all day until the parks close! Annual pass holders can add the dining plan to their passes. The pricing has both adult and child (ages 3-9) options, and the child’s plan includes kid’s meal entrees only. It’s accepted at most of each park’s quick-service dining locations, and includes one entrée, one side or dessert, and one non-alcoholic beverage. Some exceptions apply, so you should review the options on each park’s web site. The All-Day Dining Deal doesn’t include table-service restaurants, character meals, or buffets. 

Plan ahead

To make sure you get the right dining plan for you, be sure to check the web site of the park you’re visiting, and review the available options and participating restaurants. If you’re planning your trip to Central Florida’s theme parks, you can visit www.experiencekissimmee.com to learn more, or request a free Destination Magazine here.

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