Is This New Disney Dining Plan Worth the Cost?

Today Disney announced a new 1-Day Magic Kingdom quick service Dining Plan, known officially as Dine-On-The-Go. Starting Jan. 12 through Feb. 22, 2017, guests can purchase a Disney Dine-on-the-Go one-day, quick-service offering that includes:

  • 1 lunch quick-service entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage that’s good until 4 p.m.
  • 1 dinner quick-service entrée and one non-alcoholic beverage that’s good after 4 p.m. (Dessert is not included).

Participating Restaurants

Casey’s Corner

Columbia Harbour House

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

Pinocchio Village Haus

The price is $29 for adults and $12 for ages 3-9Disney Dine-on-the-Go is available only at Magic Kingdom Park Vacation Planning booths

Is Dine-On-The-Go Worth the Cost?

In my article on Quick Service Dining, I share a few restaurants where you can maximize your Quick Service meal entitlements so that you either break even or come out ahead. The same logic applies to Dine-On-The-Go. Here's one way to look at this: At $29 per adult, you'd have to spend about $14.50 at lunch and another $14.50 at dinner on a Quick Service Meal to break even on the $29 cost. But are there Quick Service meals that cost $15 at Magic Kingdom? You bet! Be Our Guest Restaurant in particular but it's excluded from the Plan. Columbia Harbour House and Pecos Bill all have meals on or close to $15 on the menu. Still, at $15 you're only breaking even. Meals include an entree and a non-alcoholic beverage and Dine-On-The-Go omits dessert, as do the other dining plans. 

Bottom Line

At best you'll probably break even with Dine-On-The-Go except you'll have to wait in line to purchase it and have restricted as to when you can use it: Lunch before 4 p.m. and dinner after 4 p.m. Suppose the menu item you want is $10, now you've lost money. If Be Our Guest Restaurant breakfast and lunch were included with Dine-On-The-Go, then it would be an obvious choice. 


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Darren Wittko - Specializes in Disney Destinations with Magical Vacations Travel. He is rated a "Best of the Best" Disney Travel Agent by readers of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World