CHANGES Coming to Disney Dining Plan

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The Disney Dining Plan is coming back and Disney has released more information about what’s included! Ever since the announcement that Dining Plans would return, fans have wondered if there would be significant changes. This update clears all of that up.

Thankfully, not much has changed. It will still be the same dining plan we all know and love. There are a couple of significant differences, however, that may not sit well with some guests. Overall though, we think guests are going to be very happy with the new Disney Dining Plan.

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Both the Quick Service Dining Plan and Regular Dining Plan loose a snack credit when Plans return.  Instead of two snacks (or non-alcoholic beverages) per day, guests now will only get one. Guests will need to choose between a drink or a snack for their snack credit (pro-tip: go for the snack. It’s almost always a better bang for your buck).

This change will likely leave fans divided. Many will grumble at loosing the snack credit. I get it, I’d often use one for a drink and one for a snack throughout the day. Others will be OK with the change because “too much food” is a common complaint with the Dining Plan.

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Credit entitlements are also  changing for some character meals. Cinderella’s Royal Table has always required two table service credits.  When last we saw the Disney Dining Plan it was the only character meal that used more than one credit. Now, however,  Akershus and Storybook Dining join the list of two-credit-meals. Essentially,  if you want to see the Princesses, you’ll need to use two credits.

That change was expected. All three character meals are premium experiences. While we never want to see things cost more, we are honestly a bit surprised the change didn’t happen before now. If using two credits is a no go for you, you’ve still got options. Other character dining remains unchanged at one credit per person.

Pricing has not yet been announced but stay tuned. We expect the prices to be released tomorrow. It would probably be wise to expect a 10-12% increase from the Dining Plan’s 2020 cost (which would put it in the ballpark of an estimated $86/adult for the RegularDining Plan and roughly $60/adult for the Quick Service Plan). As soon as we know the actual pricing, you’ll know.


About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.