After a prolonged suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World has announced the anticipated return of its popular Dining Plan. The Disney World Dining Plan is set to return on January 9, 2024.
The Disney World Dining Plan, which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to return on January 9, 2024. The returning plan will offer two options for guests: the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan and the Disney Dining Plan. Both plans provide pre-paid meals and snacks for convenience, but it’s important to consider changes, potential costs, and your family’s dining preferences when deciding to add the Dining Plan to your Disney World vacation package.
A Look Back: Why Was the Dining Plan Suspended?
The dining plan was suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the parks closing in March 2020, the Dining Plan was put on hold to comply with social distancing guidelines and manage the decreased restaurant capacity aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. The suspension was also a response to the staffing issues that Disney World faced since reopening in 2020.
What to Expect: Changes in the Returning Dining Plan
The Disney World Dining Plan is returning with some modifications. Guests will have the option to choose from two popular plans: the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan. Both plans offer guests the convenience and peace of mind of pre-paying for their meals and snacks.
The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan includes 2 Quick-Service Meals, 1 Selected Snack per person per night’s stay, and 1 Refillable Resort Mug per person. The Disney Dining Plan includes 1 Quick-Service Meal, 1 Table-Service Meal, 1 Selected Snack per person per night’s stay, and 1 Refillable Resort Mug per person.
Impact of the Dining Plan’s Absence
The absence of the Disney Dining Plan at Disney World has significantly impacted visitors’ experiences. Some guests found the change beneficial, allowing them more flexibility and potential cost savings. However, others found the absence of the Dining Plan detracted from the overall Disney experience, making meals feel less inclusive and potentially more expensive.
Alternatives to the Dining Plan
For guests looking for alternatives to the Dining Plan, consider opting for less expensive table service restaurants, ordering more water than soda, and considering alternatives for more expensive restaurants.
Safety Measures Amidst the Pandemic
Disney World has implemented several safety and health measures to ensure guests’ safety. These include limited attendance, mobile order and pay, enhanced cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face coverings, physical distancing, expanded outdoor dining areas, and cast member training.
Different Tiers of the Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan available for 2024 comes in two tiers: the Quick Service Dining Plan and the Standard Disney Dining Plan. The plans’ cost and inclusions vary, and it’s essential to compare the costs and your family’s eating habits to determine if it’s the right choice for your trip.
In conclusion, the return of the Disney World Dining Plan is a much-anticipated event for many Disney World visitors. It represents a return to a more familiar Disney experience and offers guests more options for planning their Disney dining experiences. However, it’s essential to consider the changes, potential costs, and your family’s dining preferences when deciding whether to add the Dining Plan to your Disney World vacation package.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prices for the Quick Service Dining Plan and the Standard Disney Dining Plan?
The prices for the Quick Service Dining Plan and the Standard Disney Dining Plan can vary depending on the season and the age of the guests. You can check the current prices on the official Disney World website.
Are there any other dining plans available at Disney World?
Yes, in addition to the Quick Service Dining Plan and the Standard Disney Dining Plan, Disney World also offers the Disney Dining Plan Plus and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. However, these plans are not scheduled to return in 2024 at the time of writing.
Can I modify or cancel my dining plan after purchase?
Yes, you can modify or cancel your dining plan, but there may be a penalty or restrictions depending on when you decide to make these changes. It’s recommended to check the terms and conditions or contact Disney World directly for specific information.
Can I use the dining plan at all restaurants in Disney World?
The dining plan can be used at most, but not all, restaurants in Disney World. Some exclusions apply, and it’s best to check the specific restaurant’s details on the Disney World website before making your plans.
What is a Quick-Service Meal?
A Quick-Service Meal typically includes one entree and one non-alcoholic beverage, or one complete combo meal if applicable. It’s a casual, fast-food type of dining experience.