Walt Disney World has an optional dining plan that can be added to vacation packages. Unlike the Disneyland Resort, its Florida counterpart has an extensive list of choices for its dining plan, and some big changes have been made to the 2020 options. Not sure what the Disney Dining Plan is? Confused about the changes? This post will help answer all of those questions and more!
2020 Changes to the Disney Dining Plan
It’s long been rumored, but now it has finally happened. The Walt Disney World dining plan is going to see some significant changes in 2020. Guests who’ve never considered the dining plan before, might now be changing their tune when they hear what’s to come. If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly the dining plan is, or how to get one, keep reading for more information and the new changes to the Disney Dining plan.
Disney Dining Plan Basics
For 2020, there are now four level of dining plan options: Quick Service Dining, Disney Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan Plus, and Deluxe Disney Dining Plan. No matter which level of dining you choose, you must book it with a stay at any Walt Disney World hotel.
You can purchase tickets elsewhere, but you must be staying on property to take advantage of the dining plan.
As an added note, the popular “Free Dining promotion” is historically based on which resort your stay is in. If you stay in a value resort, your “free” plan is the quick service one. If you stay in a moderate or deluxe resort, your “free” plan is the Disney Dining Plan. Dining plan upgrades are always possible, even with the promotion.
For guests paying full price, any dining plan can be chosen regardless of where you stay. 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 allows guests both 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.
NEW-Disney Dining Plan Plus
Newly added in 2020 is the Disney Dining Plan Plus option. This plan allows guests flexibility with their dining. Choose between using credits on quick service or table service restaurants at any time. Instead of being assigned 1 TS and 1 QS meal per day, guests can use their dining credits in any order they see fit.
The cost increase for this plan is about $16 over the Disney Dining Plan and about $39 over the Quick Service Dining Plan (per person).
Deluxe Disney Dining Plan
Finally, the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan covers three meals a day. It is also the most expensive add on option. 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.
Alcohol or Specialty Drinks Now Included
Next, let’s talk about the biggest change in the Disney Dining plans. Below are the additions to the dining plan made in 2018:
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.
Finally, discounted extras are included with every vacation 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
The most obvious change is to the drink selections available and the prices of each dining plan. Guests have wanted an alcohol option for some time now, and now they’ve got it. For those under 21, will milkshakes and other specialty drinks be enough of a draw? Only time will tell on that one!
What do you think of the new changes to the Disney Dining Plan?