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  • On May 9, 2016
    Jacqueline from IL Asked

    We reserved our on-site room through an authorized reseller and are thinking of getting a dining plan. Can I add the dining plan if I didn't book the room directly through Disney? If I buy the park tickets directly would I be able to add it then?

    Hi Jacqueline,

    How awesome that you are planning a September vacation to Walt Disney World Resort. A great time to visit indeed.

    Before I forget, you don't want miss out on Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. A great culinary experience that would let you eat your way around the world. Lots of tastings, culinary demonstrations and seminars.

    The Disney Dining Plans are a great way to manage your dining budget ahead of time, and incorporate them into a Magic Your Way Vacation Package. This is the only way to add it, and should be done either directly with a vacation planning specialist, or via a travel agent. These packages include Theme Park tickets as well.

    Many times, when you book via internet sites, your only options are to book a room-only reservation. You also have the option to purchase Theme Park tickets in advance, however, you would not be able to change this into a package. Although a room-only reservation is fully refundable when booked directly with Disney, you should look at the reseller's terms and condition. What's non-refundable are Theme Park tickets, however.

    At this time, there are some great Special Offers going on for this coming Fall, such as Free Dining Plan. A vacation package only requires a deposit of $200, whereas a room-only reservation requires a deposit equivalent of one night stay at the resort you chose. I would check with your reseller to verify the type of reservation you have. If not, you should cancel and book again directly.

    See you real soon!

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Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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