Disney Dining Explained: How it works
1. Your meal entitlements are loaded onto your MagicBand.
2. Just touch your MagicBand to the magic point when you purchase snacks or meals.
3. You’ll get a receipt from your server showing your updated meal balance.
4. Want to eat light one day and splurge the next? No problem! You can use multiple meals or snacks as you like until your total number of meal and snack entitlements is finished.
You can make dining reservations up to 180 days before you arrive.
Choose from over 100 dining venues across the whole Walt Disney World Resort — from fine dining to meals with Mickey; there’s something for everyone, and lots of dietary requirements are catered for. Plus, you’re not restricted to your Disney Resort Hotel — dine in other Resort Hotels, all six Parks, Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney Springs. What’s more, these fantastic plans are now even better value, with a wider range of choices for the drink that goes with each meal. Opt for a healthy smoothie, try an artisanal milkshake, have a beer† at lunch, or enjoy a cocktail† with dinner… and more — tasty!
Self Service meals
Self Service restaurants offer a wide variety of food for breakfast, lunch or dinner from soups, sandwiches and salads to pastas, fish, chicken and more. At Self Service locations, you order at a counter or register, and your meal includes one main, and one drink (which can be alcoholic† or non-alcoholic).
Waiter Service meals
At Waiter Service restaurants, you'll be escorted to your table and waited on. There are a wide variety of Waiter Service restaurants available, from family casual, to Character Dining and Dinner Shows, to the unparalleled cuisine at the more upscale Signature Restaurants. Waiter Service meals include one main, one dessert (at lunch and dinner only), and one drink (which can be alcoholic† or non-alcoholic). Advance reservations are strongly recommended, and gratuities are not included. Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, as well as Dinner Shows and Signature fine dining restaurants require two Waiter Service meal entitlements per person dining.
Snacks are available at Self Service restaurants, most outdoor food carts and selected merchandise locations. There’s a wide range of options, from healthy choices to frozen treats and desserts. Typical snacks include soft drinks, bottled water, fresh fruit, ice cream, fresh popcorn and plenty more.
Drinks with your meal
A drink has always been included with each Self Service and Waiter Service meal on the Disney Dining Plans, and now there’s a much wider variety of options. Non-alcoholic drinks now include speciality refreshments like artisanal milkshakes, fresh smoothies, mocktails, premium hot chocolates, and of course sodas, coffee and tea. Alternatively, you can choose an alcoholic drink†, like beer, cider, most wines, sangria, spirits and mix, speciality cocktails, and even breakfast cocktails like Mimosas or Bellinis.