Is the Disney Dining Plan still worth the cost? Earlier this week the cost of the Disney Dining Plans increased following a hike it rates on Theme Park Tickets and a slight increase on hotel rooms. The answer is yes. Despite the increased cost, savvy travelers who know how to maximize the Disney Dining Plan can still come out ahead.
Menu prices are have largely remained the same around Walt Disney World for now. It appears that only the cost of the Dining Plan itself has increased - about 3% for the adult price and about 9% for the child (age 3-9) price.
Adult Disney Dining Plan - $63.70, an increase of about 3%
Child Disney Dining Plan (ages 3+) $22.85, an increase of about 9%
Adult Quick Service Dining Plan - $44.13
Child (age 3-9) Quick Service Dining - $19.04
Deluxe Dining Plan - $115.08
Child (age 3-9) Deluxe Dining Plan - $35.49
HOW DINING IS DEFINED AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Disney's version of fast-food. Order at the counter, pick up your tray, and find a table. Simple and quick. Advance dining reservations are not accepted.
Sit-down, family friendly restaurants. You'll find the most popular restaurants located inside the Walt Disney World Resort hotels but you'll find a few exceptions at Epcot. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance. For menus and reviews check out TouringPlans.com.
Enjoy a face-to-face meet and greet with a famous Disney character or princess. As characters visit each table, they give warm hugs, sign autographs, and pose for photos. Some of the most popular are Cinderella's Royal Table inside Cinderella's Castle, Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort, and The Crystal Palace inside Magic Kingdom Park. The experience focuses on the character interaction rather than the food, which is usually a buffet. Character dining at Disney World is expensive so we do recommend the Disney Dining Plan to help save money on the cost.
The AAA Diamond Award Winner, Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is Disney World's flagship restaurant and is highly recommended. Also, Jiko, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Artist Point, Citricos, and others, are proof that Walt Disney World is a full-service resort and can compete with other dining destinations such as Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco. If you plan to frequent Signature restaurants, you might consider the Deluxe Dining Plan to save money.
Darren is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and Specializes in Disney Destinations withMagical Vacations Travel. His favorite attractions are The American Adventure, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Spaceship Earth. Favorite Disney Resort hotel: Disney's Wilderness Lodge.