The Disney Dining plan could be returning sooner than we think!

When, oh when will the dining plan return? Will it ever return?

I mean, it’s not like some crazy perk we dreamed up, right? Once upon a time, Disney did offer a dining plan, did they not? But it was so long ago, that some days it feels like it was a really good idea that we just dreamed up. We even have proof!

12-Layer Cake at Ale & Compass Restaurant

According to a Disney Parks Blog post on June 30 of this year, Disney knows we anxiously await the opportunity to welcome back the Disney Dining plan (that we didn’t just dream up one day!):

“Speaking of Disney Resort hotel stays, we know many of you are also wondering when Disney dining plan packages will return. While we’re not quite ready to share an update on timing, we are planning to bring this guest-favorite option back at a later date. We will also continue to reopen more Resort offerings, including restaurants like ‘Ohana (with the noodles!).”

8 Things You'll Love About 'Ohana At Walt Disney World - Disney Dining Information

But perhaps our hopefulness and our pining away for the beloved plan to return is doing some good after all.

As we were planning our next trip to the parks, we noticed something on the Disney World planning website that at least made us hopeful that things are gearing up to bring back the Disney Dining plan sooner rather than later.

As we were making plans, choosing a Resort Hotel, and deciding which tickets to purchase, we noticed the option to “Learn More” about dining changes. Among those listed: “reservations, payments, and dining plans.”

We’re not the only ones who noticed mention of the dining plans. This vacation planner also noticed the elusive Disney Dining plan, seemingly peering out from a different spot on the Disney World planning site. This screenshot shows the words, “Dining Plan,” and even has a tab to click to “Add Dining,” just above the option to reserve a rental car for use during a Disney trip.

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Credit: Disney Screenshot

It’s worth noting that the screenshots were taken by different users at different times, but that both Disney fans had April 2022 on their minds when they were attempting to begin their planning. We aren’t sure whether the second screenshot is the result of an error on the site or something else; at this time, the site doesn’t actually let Guests choose a dining plan to add, but we’re wondering if the plan will be back by the time April rolls around, and hopefully sooner (oh please, oh please!).

What do you miss most about the Disney Dining Plans? Were you a fan of the plans, or did you skip that part when planning your Disney World trip? Let us know!


About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!