The Disney Dining Plan is a huge draw for many traveling to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World. This is especially true during the early fall months as many clamor to get their dining plans free during the special promotional periods. We recently learned of some new updates to the Disney Dining Plan we couldn’t wait to share. We wanted to make sure everyone understood the changes and what they mean for your next vacation.
Disney Dining Plan Basics
For 2018, there are three level of dining plan options: Quick Service Dining, Disney Dining Plan, and Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. No matter which level of dining you choose, you must book it with a “Magic Your Way” package. “Magic Your Way” packages include park tickets for everyone in your party and a stay at any Walt Disney World hotel. If you are purchasing tickets elsewhere, you can still get the dining plan as long as you are booking your hotel on Disney property. The Free Dining promotion is historically based on which resort your stay is in, but for guests paying full price any dining plan can be chosen regardless of where you stay. If you are purchasing tickets elsewhere, you can still get the dining plan as long as your hotel package is a Disney hotel. Let’s break down each dining plan for specifics.
Quick Service Dining
First, the simplest of dining plans involves Quick Service (QS) or Counter Service restaurants. These do not require reservations. Quick Service restaurants are self-serve and typically consist of basic theme park fare. This plan allows guests to receive two quick service meals, two snacks, and one refillable resort drink mug. Each entitlement is per person, per night of your stay.
Disney Dining Plan
Next, the Disney Dining Plan is a good mix of QS and Table Service (TS) options. Table Service restaurants do require reservations and are either buffets or full service establishments. Disney Dining Plan allows guests to have one table service meal, one quick service meal, two snacks, and one refillable resort drink mug. Each entitlement is per person, per night of your stay.
Deluxe Disney Dining Plan
Finally, the Deluxe Disney Dining plan covers three meals a day. It is also the most expensive add on option to a Magic Your Way package. Deluxe Disney Dining Plan allows guests to have any combination of three meals a day (TS or QS), two snacks, and one refillable resort drink mug. Each entitlement is per person, per night of your stay.
New in 2018
Exciting new changes have been made to the dining plans for 2018! Check them out!
Guests of select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages that include a Disney Dining Plan have several new beverage options available.
Beverages – Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
- Artisanal Milkshakes
- Fresh Smoothies
- Premium Hot chocolates
- Soda, Coffee, or Tea
A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
- Beer or Cider
- Wine or Sangria
- Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails
Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 and over and present valid ID to be served one (1) alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.
As always, discounted extras are included with every Magic Your Way package. Savings of 10% to 20% and other values at participating locations can be found throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
- Planet Hollywood
- EARL OF SANDWICH
- Wolfgang Puck Express
- Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop
- JOHNNY WAS
- Live Trends
- Set the Bar
- Sublime Gifts and Finds
- Sugarboo & Co.
- Vince Camuto
- The Hairwraps Company
How do you feel about alcohol and specialty drinks being added to the dining plan? Will this entice you to add it to your next Disney vacation? Contact your travel agent today and start planning for 2018!