So you’ve purchased one of the Disney dining plans and have no idea what to do with the multitude of snack credits included in the plan. Disney’s dining plan brochures list a few examples which include popcorn, soda, water and fruit. While these are all certainly good choices (because we all know Disney popcorn is the best on earth!) there are many more interesting ways to redeem your snack credits.
There are three different dining plans offered by Disney – Quick Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan and Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. All of the plans include 2 snack credits per guest per night of your stay. The credits are “pooled” on your account and are not child/adult specific (unlike meals) so for example a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children staying 5 nights and using the Disney Dining Plan has a total of 40 snack credits loaded on their account at check in. You may choose to use as many as you’d like each day until the balance is depleted. All credits expire midnight of your check out day.
Items that qualify as a snack credit are identified on quick service and cart menus with a purple DDP next to them. You’ll find these items in theme parks, resort hotels, water parks and Disney Springs.
You will see that snack credits may be used on a wide variety of food and drink including pastries, cupcakes, sweet rolls, milkshakes, smoothies, funnel cakes, soups, nuts, specialty coffees, fruits, pretzels, churros, hummus, cookies, fudge and so much more. Frozen treats included as snack credits include the world famous Dole Whips in Adventureland as well as various ice cream sundaes at select locations throughout the parks and the classic popsicles such as Mickey bars sold at the kiosks and carts.
Each time you redeem a snack credit your receipt will show your remaining balance.
Never go home with unused snack credits! You may redeem them for prepackaged snacks in many resort and theme park gift shops. These include items such as rice krispie treats, bagged pretzels and candies. They make great teacher and pet sitter gifts when you return home.
If you are fortunate enough to be at Epcot during the annual Food and Wine Festival in the fall you are in luck! Snack credits can be used for most of the food at the tasting booths throughout the festival.
So have a little fun with those snack credits and make sure you don’t leave any unused!
My name is Susan Heidenrich and I am a travel planner with Travel with the Magic. I’ve visited Walt Disney World over 25 times and I love sharing my passion with my clients. My planning services are completely free when using me as your travel planner. Contact me at SusanH@travelwiththemagic.com and follow along on facebook for tips, tricks and fun!