So what is the Disney Dining Plan? Using the plan lets you pre-pay for meals before you get to WDW. While this is convenient for some, it's won't save you money. The 2019 dining plan, costs about $77 a day for adults and $44 for kids (ages 3-9) and is offered as Magic Your Way Plus Dining Package, this includes
1 table service meal, entree, dessert (lunch/dinner) and a drink
1 quick service meal
the option of changing 2 table service meals for one meal at a "Signature" restaurant or a dinner show such as the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.
For example- my family of four buys a 5 night package, we would have 20 quick service meals, 20 table service meals and 40 snacks. We would be able to use any way we want. Bonus--usage can be tracked via My Disney Experience, at Guest Relations in the parks and WDW resorts and also by keeping track of your receipts.
Also certain "character dining" meals are available on the Dining Plan and Disney Springs locations.
NOTE: Dining Plans must be purchased at the same time a WDW resort stay is booked. If you get a Dining Plan with table service meals, you must make reservations for restaurants.