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Major Changes Are Coming to the Disney Dining Plan

Major Changes Are Coming to the Disney Dining Plan

The Disney Dining Plan is a popular way to add your food costs into the final total for your vacation. You will book the plan as part of a Magic Your Way Package. You must stay on property to be eligible for the Disney Dining Plan. While not officially confirmed by Walt Disney World, sources tell us that some major modifications are in the works. Effective September 31, 2017, the following changes will take place with the Disney Dining Plan.

Age

There will no longer be an Adult Plan and a Child Plan for those ages 3-9. There will be only one plan, and it will be the same price for everyone on it, no matter the age. Children under three will for the first time be required to be added to the plan at the adult cost; baby food and formula will be available. Rumor has it that something similar might not be too far off for theme park tickets.

Credits

All credits will expire at 11:59 each evening. They will no longer roll over to the next day, and stocking up on snacks to take home will no longer be allowed. You’re expected to buy your souvenirs for those back home, not give them your leftovers.

Length of Stay

The Disney Dining Plan will be required for all vacation stays of seven nights or longer, even if the stay is being broken up between two hotels. The seven nights are within a 30 day period, so you can’t check out, stay off property for a night, then check back in to avoid purchasing the Disney Dining Plan.

Price

The price of the revamped Disney Dining Plan will be based on the time of year, with the plan during the Value Season costing the most, while the Peak Season will be the cheapest. Sources say that they need to make up the money lost during the Value Season somewhere

Snack Credits

When the changes go into effect, Snack Credits will be good only for cookies, Mickey Bars (but not sandwiches), and sushi. With the changes Snack Credits can still be used for Dole Whip as well, but each serving will cost two credits.

Dessert

Dessert will no longer be included with any version of the Disney Dining Plan. The exception is that a pack a raisins will be handed out upon request, because raisins are “nature’s candy”.

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Refillable Mugs

Effective immediately (not on September 31 like everything else) Refillable Mugs will no longer be included with the Disney Dining Plan. Sources say that the mugs were never supposed to be included, and Disney wants them back. If you have a Refillable Mug from a previous vacation, a Disney Cast Member will contact you with instructions for returning the mug as soon as possible. You don’t want to ignore the order, people who don’t comply will be banned from all things Disney for life. The ban will include Disney movies and wearing T-shirts with Mickey on them. Don’t ask how this will be enforced, Disney knows.

Free Dining News

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members will now be eligible for Free Dining. However, the number of rooms will be restricted when the program is available. Instead of having blocks of rooms at certain resorts eligible, the new requirement will be that your room number needs to be divisible by the number 13. You will not know until you check in if you have received Free Dining, or if you will be paying full price for everything.

Character Meals

Character meals will no longer be included with the Disney Dining Plan, except for Garden Grove at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. Things there will operate as normal, nothing will change.

Two Credit Meals

There have been many complaints over the years about some of the restaurants costing two table service credits. Disney plans to solve that problem by changing the requirement at those restaurants to three table service credits instead of two.

Saving Paper

In an effort to save paper, receipts will no longer be offered to Disney Dining Plan users. You will have to keep track of your own credits. It is suggested the you use the Notepad app on your cell phone. For a limited time, you can request a piece of paper and pencil upon check in so that you can keep track of your credits. The pencil needs to be returned when you checkout (there’s a $150 holding fee that will then be refunded), but the used paper is yours to keep as a souvenir.

Menus

The menus available for people who are on the Disney Dining Plan will change daily. You will no longer be able to choose your entree, what you are served will be based on the color of your socks. A separate entree will be served to those who are sockless, or are wearing mismatched socks. Those with special dietary requests are covered, the only entree for vegetarians, vegans, and those with allergies will be a plate of unseasoned steamed broccoli. If it’s a signature restaurant, unseasoned steamed asparagus will be served instead.

New Plan Names

The type of Disney Dining Plan that you are eligible for will be based on what type of resort you stay at. The new plans will be the Value Plan (replacing the Quick Service Plan), the Moderate Plan (replacing the Standard Plan), and the Deluxe Plan (that stays the same). Those staying at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort will be eligible for a new plan, the Live Off the Land Plan. Items available will be salads, trail mix, cups of water with no ice, and road kill.

In Conclusion

Remember that none of these changes will go into effect until September 31, 2017, and there is still time for Disney to change their minds. Then again, seeing how it is April Fools Day, you need to take everything that you just read with a grain of salt. Speaking of salt, as of September 31, salt, pepper, and ketchup will no longer be available to anyone using the Disney Dining Plan. Mustard could be available upon request, but on a case by case basis.

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.