Disney Dining Plans

Disney Dining Plans Offer Value and Convenience

Is the Disney Dining Plan worth the cost? The truth is, it depends! In my article, Can You Save Money with the Disney Dining Plan? I show readers how to maximize their entitlements and recommend some of the more expensive restaurants at Walt Disney World. But aside from the actual cost, there’s also great value in the convenience it offers. One of the most attractive features is the ability to pay off all your major expenses before you even get to Walt Disney World.

Adding a dining plan to your Disney Resort Hotel package also gives you a convenient way plan out your dining experiences well in advance without stressing about costs adding up.

With three different plans to choose from, there is something for everyone. Plus, you can even use your dining plan to place an order on the go with mobile ordering – now available on the My Disney Experience app.

And today, you’ll notice that the Dining Plan Add-On page has a refreshed look, designed to highlight the benefits of each plan.

New Look for the Disney Dining Plan page | Walt Disney World

New Look for the Disney Dining Plan page | Walt Disney World

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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Is the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan Worth the Cost?

Is the Disney Dining Plan Worth the Cost

Is the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan Worth the Cost?

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

Disney Dining Plan Increase - Can You Still Save Money?

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


The cost of the Disney Dining Plans Increase for 2016 but they can still save you money. 

The cost of the Disney Dining Plans Increase for 2016 but they can still save you money. 


How To Get Your Moneys Worth of the Disney Dining Plans:


HOW DINING IS DEFINED AT WALT DISNEY WORLD


QUICK SERVICE

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.

TABLE SERVICE

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


CHARACTER DINING

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. 


SIGNATURE DINING

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.