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Glossary of Terms for the Disney Dining Plan

ADR

Advance Dining Reservations

This is the single most important glossary term you need to know. Starting 180 days in advance of your trip, you can begin making Disney Dining reservations. And, If you want to get the reservation you are hoping for, you need to be ready at the mark.

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Hardest restaurant to get ADR’s

ADR’s are coveted.

DDP

Disney Dining Plan

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There are three Disney Dining Plans to choose from. Each plan offers a daily allotment of credits per person, per night of your stay.

  • Quick Service Dining Plan
    • 2 quick service credits, 2 snack credits
    • This is the ultra cheapo version
  • The Standard Disney Dining Plan (most common)
    • 1 quick service credit, 1 table service credit, 2 snack credits
    • This is the standard and most common version that gives you the most bang for your buck
  • Deluxe Dining Plan
    • 3 meal credits at either quick or table service, 2 snack credits
    • I don’t know how it’s physically possible to eat this much food, but some day I intend to find out

QS

Quick Service Restaurant

Also known as counter service, or CS glossary term, which is totally counter intuitive since everything refers to restaurants as quick service. This is a type of restaurant where you go to a kiosk, or the counter to order and then take your food on a tray to a self seated area. Think fast food.

When it comes to the Disney Dining Plan these are the restaurants where you can really load up on value. You aren’t restricted to children’s meals for quick service, which allows you to possibly even save a credit or two if you work it right.

SD

Signature Dining

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Some of the signature fine dining restaurants at Walt Disney World

These are Disney’s $$$$ value restaurants. If you’re using a Disney Dining Plan (DDP) you’ll use 2 credits per restaurant. These restaurants are considered the illustrious dining establishments on the property.

Generally, it’s not considered the best value to use the Disney Dining Plan for payment – but we always do because we have extra quick service credits (see above) and we have to use them anyway.

TS

Table Service Restaurants

Sit down restaurant with white linen tablecloths, servers and a tip expected at the end of the meal.

Walt Disney World offers a huge variety of TS restaurants. Every single park, especially Epcot, has dozens of restaurants no matter what your favorite cuisine is. You can feast and indulge and enjoy food from all over the world!

Now that you’ve got the glossary of terms, check out our Table of Contents for Walt Disney World Restaurants, and the Last Guide you’ll ever need for the Disney Dining Plan!

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