The Disney dining plan is something that divides Disney fans. There are staunch supporters saying it makes things easier and is cost effective while others say it overly complicates things and is not the bargain it’s made out to be. I like the dining plan. I think it can be a bit expensive but it’s nice to have all your meals paid for before leaving on vacation and I don’t think it’s a complicated system at all. The dining plan has traditionally only been offered to guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort. Now Disney is doing a test where guests can purchase a single day dining plan for the Magic Kingdom. Is this a good deal? Hit the jump for more details.
For those who aren’t familiar the dining plan comes in three flavors: Quick-Service, Disney & Deluxe. We’ll go more into the specifics of each plan in another post. The new “Dine-on-the-Go” dining plan is only available at the Magic Kingdom and is a slightly altered version of the standard Quick-Service dining plan. The cost is $29 for adults and $12 for children aged 3-9. The plan includes one lunch and dinner entree and a drink for both meals. Dessert is not included and is only valid at the following Quick Service restaurants within the Magic Kingdom.
- Casey’s Corner
- Columbia Harbour House
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
- Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
- Pinocchio Village Haus
Another caveat is the lunch meal is valid until 4 PM and dinner after 4 PM. So I would imagine if you don’t use up the lunch by 4 then you’re out a meal credit. This is just my speculation and has not been confirmed by Disney. The new plan also has to be purchased in park at one of the Vacation Planning Booths (What ever those are…).
So, is the new Dine-on-the-Go plan a good deal? In my opinion, no. The cost of each meal on the plan is about $15 for entree and drink. During my last trip to Walt Disney World in October I did not get the dining plan to see how much of a different there would be. I would say that at a Quick Service restaurant the price of my meals were about $15. The cost of the traditional Quick-Service dining plan is around $46 per day and can be used at any park, includes desert, 2 snack and you get a refillable mug at your resort. Of course this plan is only available if you’re staying at a Disney resort and have purchased a vacation package. There are potential savings with the new dining plan if you want to get the most expensive thing on the menu for each meal. Even then I feel that the dining plan is a bit limited. What if you don’t feel like eating dinner or would rather eat at a Table Service restaurant? I don’t think I would ever purchase this single day dining plan. I’d rather get the traditional dining plans or pay for meals out of pocket.
Is the new dining plan a good deal for you? Are you hoping this becomes a permanent feature at the parks? Leave your comments below or as always, feel free to reach out on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!