Disney World guests utilizing the Disney Dining Plan will want to be aware of some rumored changes taking place to the popular plans available for Disney Resort guests starting today, May 31, 2015 (though it is rumored that Disney will not post the changes officially until June 4th).
Please note that at this time we have not received official confirmation from Disney regarding any of these changes. We just wanted you to be aware of the rumors in the case that you’d be able to put them into practice this week in the parks.
Participants on the Dining Plan will be able use their dining credits in the typical ways (i.e. guests on the standard Disney Dining Plan will still receive 1 Table Service Credit, 1 Quick Service Credit, and 1 Snack Credit per night of stay and can use those credits accordingly at designated locations); however, there may be additional opportunities that will allow for more flexibility.
The most commonly rumored change says that a “snack credit” will now include all single-serve items and beverages such as Caramel Apples — not including Character designs — and large Mickey Cookies among other previously ineligible items. Also included may be Quick Service restaurant side items and breakfast items, like sides of bacon or sausage.
These may include:
– Non-alcoholic single-serve beverages (not including souvenir cups)
– All ice cream novelties
– Hand-scooped ice cream including sundaes not exceeding two scoops (not including any souvenir bowls)
– All side items on Quick Service restaurant menus
– Soups at Quick Service locations
– Dipping sauces or toppings that were previously available for an additional charge (such as the $1.00 extra for cheese sauce to go with a Mickey Pretzel) can now be included in the snack credit
– Certain Quick Service breakfast items (that have been previously considered only as part of an entree) including: sides of bacon, sausage, eggs, or potatoes, cereal with milk, French Toast Sticks, oatmeal, quinoa, grits, biscuits & gravy, and hard-boiled eggs.
It’s important to note that “Dining Plans Not Accepted” text has popped on on several kiosk/restaurant pages on the official Disney website, as seen in these screen shots below:
However, we want to stress that as of the time of this writing, our reporters indicate that Aloha Isle and other kiosks are indeed accepting snack credits for the Disney Dining Plan.
We’ll keep you updated.
Quick Service Entitlements
Quick Service meal credits may now be traded for up to three snack credits at select locations. It’s important to note that the conversion must take place within the same transaction.
Also in the list of rumors, guests at Quick Service restaurants will officially be able to select adult entrees for their children if they so choose (and vice versa, an adult can select a kids’ entree). This has been a loophole in the dining plan for years, but apparently now it will be officially allowed.
Guests may also exchange the Quick Service dessert or non-alcoholic beverage options for any eligible snack on the menu within the same transaction.
Table Service Entitlements
Substitutions will be allowed — by request only — for the dessert option that comes with a Table Service entitlement, with guests now having the option to exchange dessert for a side salad, cup of soup, or fruit plate (where available). Exchanging a dessert for an appetizer will still not be an option.
Guests participating on the Deluxe, Premium, or Platinum Dining Plans can select adult OR children’s entrees for their Table Service meal credits; so if junior wants an adult entree, he can have at it. Please note this change does NOT apply to the standard Disney Dining Plan.
Once again — these are all rumored changes. Disney has not yet announced anything officially about these updates. Please stay tuned to DFB as we continue to explore the changes that may be happening.
We would greatly appreciate if any of you could share your experiences that you’ve had using your Dining Plan credits in a recent park visit. Please let us know if you’ve been on the receiving end of any of these rumored changes. And thank you!
Sources: Touring Plans, WDWInfo.com