A “credit” is the term Disney uses to count a meal or snack. Since your credits are based on the number of nights you stay at a Disney Resort, then you can use your credits at any time during your vacation.
A “snack” item is defined by any single-serving side item purchased at Quick-Service restaurants, most outdoor carts, and select merchandise locations throughout Disney World.
Examples of snack items include ice cream novelty, fruit bar, 20 oz. soda, popcorn scoop, fruit item, a container of milk or orange juice, a bag of a snack item, and other select items.
Restaurants accepting Quick Service dining credits typically offer cafeteria-style or counter service dining.
A Quick Service meal includes an entrée and a beverage (or 3 snack items in a single transaction).
Restaurants accepting Table Service dining credits tend to be less casual than Quick Service restaurants (ie, sit-down restaurants with a server). Some Table-Service restaurants are fine dining establishments, while others have themes or other unique characteristics.
A Table Service breakfast meal consists of an entrée and a beverage, while a lunch or dinner meal consists of an entrée, a dessert, and a beverage (or a buffet/family-style meal at any time of day).
Children Under Age 3:
Children under age 3 can either share a meal with an adult or dine at a buffet for no charge. However, menu items ordered separately (for the child) are subject to normal menu prices.
Children Age 3-9:
Most Disney World restaurants have a kid’s menu for children ages 3-9.
Prices on kid’s menus are often considerably less than normal (adult) menu prices. Any child who is on the children’s Disney Dining Plan must order items from the kid’s menu or else it will be an out-of-pocket expense.
Disney offers a wide selection of healthy meals for kids and standard (not so healthy) fare, depending on the restaurant.
All guests on a Disney Dining Plan will receive a complimentary rapid refill mug. These mugs can be used for free refills at self-service beverage counters throughout the duration of your stay.
Refill stations can be found at select Quick Service locations, food courts, and pool bars at Disney World Resorts (every resort has at least one refill station).
If you are not on a Disney Dining Plan, a rapid refill mug will cost you $19.99 (2020).
There are a few dining experiences that are considered “signature dining” because they are special or extra-fancy in some way. Guests on the Standard or Deluxe Dining Plan will spend two Table Service credits per meal at these locations or experiences.
– Current two-credit dining experiences include Be Our Guest Restaurant (dinner), The Boathouse, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Citricos, California Grill, Flying Fish, Hollywood Brown Derby, Jiko, LeCellier Steakhouse, Monsieur Paul, Morimoto Asia, Narcoossee’s, Paddlefish, Tiffins, and Yachtsman Steakhouse
– Dinner shows that require 2 Table Service credits include Fantasmic! (at Hollywood Brown Derby), Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and The Spirit of Aloha.
– Pizza delivered to your hotel room also counts as two Table service meals. You will receive 1 pizza, 2 beverages, and 2 desserts per every 2 Table Service credits.
As of 2018, single-serving specialty drinks are now included as part of the Disney Dining Plan. Guests under 21 can choose one non-alcoholic specialty beverage with their meal, while guests ages 21+ can choose either a non-alcoholic specialty beverage (if available) OR a single-serving alcoholic drink with their meal.
– Examples of single-serving non-alcoholic beverages include fresh smoothies, artisanal milkshakes, premium hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and coffee.
– Single-serving alcoholic beverages include beer, wine, cider, mixed drinks, specialty cocktails, and sangria.
– Alcoholic specialty drinks can only be redeemed with Quick Service or Table Service meal entitlements.