Snacks on the Dining Plan
There are three levels of the Disney Dining plan and regardless of which you choose, all three plans allow you two snack credits per day. You can use these credits on whatever snack eligible items you like but over the last couple of years we’ve found that as our children have grown, so have their appetites!
Some of these snacks are quite substantial and can be used to either add greater flexibility in your meal planning or see you through those days when you are feeling hungry. All items that are snack credit eligible have a small snack plan symbol next to them. If you are unsure a Cast Member can point you in the right direction.
Speciality Cupcake, Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
So, here are some of the ways in which we’ve used our snack credits and have made them work to our advantage.
Buy whatever snacks you’d like
Of course, you can use your credits on whatever snack eligible items that you want, and these include items such as
- Cupcakes, cake pops, muffins
- Bottles of water, soft drinks, teas, coffees, iced lattes, slushies, speciality drinks
- Dole Whips or Floats
- Ready prepared fresh fruit
- Trail mix, pretzels
- Ice cream cookie sandwiches, packaged ice lollies, chocolate coated bananas, single serve of ice cream, ice cream sundae
- Popcorn, churros, crepes
- Selected sweets, candy floss and chocolate bars from Sweet stores
- Selected pastries, Mickey Waffles and some Funnel Cakes
- Loaded fries, spring rolls
- Mac and Cheese
Many of these snacks cost around $5 but some of the options are closer to $6-$7 giving you greater value for your money.
Rose Gold Minnie Ears Cupcake, Sunshine Seasons, Epcot
Using snack credits for breakfasts
Some mornings we chose to use our snack credits to get a breakfast. This worked particularly well when we had an early start to get on to popular rides.
This year we ventured into Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Extra Magic Hours (extended park hours for guests staying at Disney hotels) to get onto the Flights of Passage ride before the queues started building up. We managed to get on to Avatar Flights of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey ride in less than an hour and were then ready for some breakfast. We repeated this early morning start at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and had the same success at getting on to Slinky Dog Dash and Spinning Saucers. We had our breakfast whilst watching the crowds making their way to the rides.
Great places to grab a breakfast on snack credits are:
- Gaston’s Tavern, Main Street Bakery and Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom (Giant cinnamon rolls, pastries, muffins, Mickey Waffles, hot and cold drinks)
- Harambe Market and Kusafiri Bakery in Animal Kingdom (Giant Mickey pastry, assorted pastries, muffins, prepared fresh fruit, yogurt, trail mix, iced lattes, hot and cold drinks)
- Woody’s Lunch Box and Trolley Car Café in Hollywood Studios (Topped breakfast pastry – like a Pop Tart, hot and cold drinks)
- Fountain View and Sunshine Seasons in Epcot (Pastries, cupcakes, cookies, hot and cold drinks)
Night Blossom Speciality Drink, Pongu Pongu, Animal Kingdom
Flexibility to free up dining credits
Our visits to Walt Disney World have been during the free dining plan promotion and we have had the regular dining plan included in our stay. This means that as well as the two snack credits we have also had one quick service meal and a table service meal every day.
During our recent stay at Walt Disney World (August 2018), we decided that we’d try some of the Signature restaurants and this meant that we needed two dining credits to do this. This is where the snack credits came into play and we were able to save up some of our dining credits! On some days we were able to have a quick service meal and two substantial snacks which was enough for us all. This meant that we hadn’t used our table service credit for that day and had one available to use at a Signature restaurant.
This was great for our teenagers and they really appreciated the fine dining experience which balanced out the more gimmicky dining experiences that they encountered whilst in Walt Disney World.
Places to grab snacks that make great small meals are:
- Epcot – Refreshment Port – Signature Poutine fries – Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe – School Bread and other delicious pastries
- Magic Kingdom – Sleepy Hollow – Mickey Waffle with strawberry sauce and cream and ice cream churro sandwich. Also, the Upside-down pineapple cake topped with Dole Whip, found at Aloha Isle was totally delicious and filling as was the ice cream sundaes found at Plaza Ice Cream Parlour at the end of Main Street
- Hollywood Studios – Oasis Canteen – Funnel Cake with Cookies ‘n Cream and Soft-serve Vanilla Ice Cream
- Animal Kingdom – Eight Spoon Café – Mac and cheese, mac and cheese loaded with either pulled pork or shrimp. Whilst in Animal Kingdom, Flame Tree Barbecue have fries loaded with pulled pork and cheese sauce which are delicious!
Signature Poutine Fries, Refreshment Port, World Showcase, Epcot
Using snack credits for sweet treats
If like us, you’ve come to the end of your holiday and you still have snack credits left to spend, you can use them by purchasing a variety of biscuits and sweet confectionary. These could be bought as keepsakes of your holiday or as gifts. Here are some of the things we bought with our snack credits.
Bags of candy floss, packaged sweets, cookies and cupcakes can be purchased at confectionary shops such as Main Street Confectionary.
But I’m not on the Disney Dining Plan
You can still enjoy the snacks regardless of whether you have the Disney Dining Plan – just check on the menu boards for items with the Disney Dining Plan snack credit symbol. Some of the bigger snacks are great value for money and with a huge variety of eats and drinks you can be sure that they will keep you going throughout the day.
Over the last few years Disney have really raised their game when it comes to the quality and variety of snack credits, so, however you decide to use your snack credits go out there and enjoy!