The Disney Dining Plan for Walt Disney World has to be one of the most talked about topic amongst Disney Fanatics. How much is the plan going to cost? Is the Plan a good deal? How can you best take advantage of it? Which plan is right for my vacation’s needs? Can I eat that much food? These are all very good questions, indeed.
Turns out, that question of the cost is the one that we’ll be discussing today. You see, in the last week or so, Disney has quietly increased the cost of all three of the Disney Dining Plan options for any new bookings that are made for the remainder of 2013. We have also heard that they have done away with the Seasonal Pricing option, meaning that now the Dining Plans are the same price no matter what time of year you travel.
Let’s start by looking at the Quick Service Dining Plan.
For those unaware, this plan allows each guest for each night of the package, 2 Quick Service Meals per day. For Breakfast you’ll receive an entrée or combo meal and a non-alcoholic beverage. For Lunch and Dinner you’ll receive an entrée or a complete combo meal, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. You’ll also get 1 Snack Option per day, and 1 Refillable Mug per person for the length of your stay. The new cost:
- Adults Age 10 and Up: $39.64
- Child Age 3 – 9: $15.75
(Previous cost was Adults: $37.58 and Child: $14.32)
For more information about the Quick Service Dining Plan, or to see how to possibly put it into use, read: http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/discounts/ddpquickservice.shtml
Moving on the the more popular dining plan, the Disney Dining Plan, we’ll see some larger changes.
The Disney Dining Plan or Standard Dining Plan includes 1 Quick Service Meal per day, which includes an entrée or combo meal, dessert (lunch or dinner only), and a non-alcoholic beverage. You also get 1 Sit Down Meal per day which includes entrée, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and non-alcoholic beverage, or, if eating at a buffet, the full buffet. You’ll also receive 1 Snack Option per day and 1 Refillable Mug per person. The new cost:
- Adults Age 10 and Up: $58.68
- Child Age 3 – 9: $18.88
(Previous cost was Adults: $55.59 and Child: $17.16)
For more information about the Disney Dining Plan and tips, please read: http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/discounts/ddp.shtml
Finally, we have the Deluxe Dining Plan. This plan is a lot of food! But for those who are really looking forward to dining at a lot Table Service locations during their vacation, this may be the right option for you.
Guests on the Deluxe Dining Plan will receive guests receive 3 Meals, which can be any combination of either Table Service Meals or Quick Service meals. Table Service meals include an appetizer (lunch and dinner only), entree, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and a non-alcoholic beverage. Or, if eating at a buffet, the full buffet. Quick Service Meals include an entrée or combo meal, dessert (lunch and dinner only and a non-alcoholic beverage. Also included in the plan are 2 Snack Credits per day plus one resort refillable mug per person for the length of stay. The new cost:
- Adults Age 10 and Up: $104.94
- Child Age 3 – 9: $29.51
(Previous cost was Adults: $99.97 and Child: $26.84)
For more information about this dining plan and best practices, please read this: http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/discounts/deluxemyw.shtml
If you are considering choosing a dining plan, the best advice I have is to do the math. It may be difficult because you don’t know EXACTLY what you’ll be wanting to dine on at every moment, but if you do a rough estimate, you’ll be able to figure out which plan is best for you, or even if it is an option you should choose. Check out the menus here and hopefully it will be able to help you figure out your best option.