4 Walt Disney World Dining Changes Everyone Should Know

Things change all the time at Walt Disney World. Sometimes those changes are announced loudly, for example a new ride or land in one of the parks. Other times, the changes are more subtle. There are changes in dining at Walt Disney World, just like there are changes in everything else. Here are four recent or up and coming changes pertaining to dining that you should know about.

4. Be Our Guest Restaurant Now Serves Breakfast

Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Restaurant quickly became one of the most popular restaurants at all of Walt Disney World. Who wouldn’t want to dine inside Beast’s Castle? Every attention to detail was made during the creation, you will really feel like you’ve stepped inside the movie. To make the experience even better, there are three rooms from the story that guests can dine in; the Grand Ballroom, the Castle Gallery, and the West Wing. Be Our Guest Restaurant is also the only place at the Magic Kingdom where beer and wine are sold. Lunch is quick service, while dinner is full service. Reservations for either meal are hard to come by, so Disney decided to make things a little bit easier. Be Our Guest Restaurant now is open for breakfast as well. You can enjoy entrees with a French flair such as Eggs Florentine or Croque Madame. Reservations are strongly recommended, this is not an easy restaurant to be able to walk right up to. Try to make your reservation as early as possible, before the park opens. You’ll then be able to walk through an almost empty Magic Kingdom, before it opens to the masses.

3. Disney Dining Plan Changes

The Disney Dining Plan allows resort guests to include their meals in a Magic Your Way Package. In 2015 some changes that benefit guests were made to the plan. Snacks no longer need to be under $5, and more items are included. Child and adult quick service meals are now interchangeable. Quick service meals can also be exchanged for three snack credits. A meal no longer needs to be a beverage, an entree, and a dessert, a snack or additional drink can be exchanged. One of the biggest changes is with table service credits. You can now give them to someone else who is with you who may not be on the Disney Dining Plan. If you buy the plan, you now have more control over what you can order than you did in the past.

2. New Hollywood & Vine Character Dinner

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For years Disney’s Hollywood Studios was missing a character dining experience that the whole family would love. Sure, the restaurant hosts Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine for breakfast and lunch, but that caters towards the preschool crowd, and it is not a must-do for anyone without small children. There is now a solution to the issue, and it is brilliant. Hollywood & Vine is now the location of the character dinner known as Minnie’s Seasonal Dining. The experience will change based on the time of the year. Characters appearing can also include Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining is a one credit option on the Disney Dining Plan. The meals are already popular, and reservations are recommended.

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1. New Dining Options

Changes are evident all over Walt Disney World, and many of those changes include exciting new restaurants. At the Magic Kingdom you’ll find Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. This Jungle Cruise themed eatery features dishes such as Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak and “Tastes like Chicken” – because it is!. There are some incredible new options already open at Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE, Morimoto Asia, and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar are just three of the places that you might want to check out. More dining options are on their way at Disney Springs, including The Edison and STK Orlando. With all the new dining choices, Walt Disney World might soon be known for its food almost as much as it is known for its rides.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.