News! 2018 Disney Dining Plan Updates — Now With Alcohol!

BIG NEWS TODAY! Booking is now open for 2018 Disney World vacation packages…but this year specialty beverages — including alcoholic drinks for guests 21-and-over and milkshakes and other options for guests of any age — are available with the 2018 Disney Dining Plans. 

Disney Dining Plan

You may already be well aware that booking a Disney World Vacation Package (also called the Magic Your Way package) means you’re eligible to add the Disney Dining Plan to your vacation.

But with Disney Dining Plan pricing changes, alcohol being added to the plans, and more, we’ve got a lot to chat about today.

But first, an overview… Just click any of the links below for full details for the 2018 Plans (and keep an eye on the pages for pricing updates, too!)

2018 Disney Dining Plans and Updated Prices

Quick Service Dining Plan

Entitlements for the 2018 Quick Service Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

  • Two Quick Service Meals (includes one entree and a beverage)
  • NEW FOR 2018: Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) with their meal entitlement.
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

2018 PRICE Per Night: $52.49/adult (an increase from $48.19 in 2017), $21.75/child age 3-9

Brown Derby Lounge Margarita Flight

Brown Derby Lounge Margarita Flight

Standard Dining Plan

Entitlements for the 2018 Standard Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

  • One Table Service Meal (includes one entree, one beverage, and one dessert OR one full buffet)
  • One Quick Service Meal (includes one entree and one beverage)
  • NEW FOR 2018: Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage with their Quick Service and Table Service meal (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

2018 PRICE Per Night: $75.49/adult (an increase from $69.35 in 2017), $25.80/child age 3-9

Rose and Crown Cider and Black

Rose and Crown Cider and Black

Deluxe Dining Plan

Entitlements for the 2018 Deluxe Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

  • Three Meals (redeemable interchangeably at Quick Service or Table Service locations)
  • NEW FOR 2018: Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage with their Quick Service and Table Service meal (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

2018 PRICE Per Night: $116.24/adult (an increase from $106.68 in 2017), $39.90/child age 3-9

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant

You can learn all about the Disney Dining Plan here.

Changes to the Plan for 2018

Well, well, well… the rumors are true! In case you didn’t notice above ;-D, guests selecting a 2018 Disney Dining Plan may now order one specialty beverage per meal. Guests 21-and-over may order one specialty alcoholic beverage or specialty non-alcoholic beverage and guests of any age may order one specialty non-alcoholic beverage.

This applies to meals at both Quick Service and Table Service locations.

Specialty non-alcoholic beverages may include:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee, or tea
Red Velvet Peppermint Shake at Hollywood Studios

Red Velvet Peppermint Shake at Hollywood Studios

Specialty alcoholic beverages may include:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails
Raspy Old Fashioned at Raglan Road in Disney Springs

Raspy Old Fashioned at Raglan Road in Disney Springs

As always, information is subject to change. We will keep our Disney Dining Plan Page updated accordingly.

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Disney Dining Plan Cost Analysis

Well, I have to be honest. I thought the cost difference was going to be MUCH more substantial than this when alcohol and specialty beverages were added in. Less than $10 difference across the board on all Dining Plans in 2018 is pretty much in line with the annual Disney Dining Plan increases we’ve seen in past years, and having alcohol and specialty beverages in the mix means we’re talking about assigning a much higher value to the dining plan than in previous years.

I’ll be crunching some numbers today. In previous years, the numbers showed the dining plan to pretty much be a wash in terms of value — unless you ordered the absolutely most expensive item on every menu and used every single dining credit allotted. Now, I’m guessing you’ll have a little breathing room as to value if you’re ordering alcohol with every meal. While there still won’t be massive savings, at least it doesn’t look like there will be massive losses with the dining plan, either, which is what I expected when imagining the costs that would go along with adding alcohol to the dining plan.

Watch this space! And chime in!

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Everything You Need to Know about the 2018 Disney Dining Plan - which now includes alcohol!

What are your thoughts? Happy/Not Happy at the addition of alcohol to the dining plan? Does this make you more likely to book the dining plan for your visit? What about value — do you think the costs are in line with what’s offered? Let us know in the comments below!

Many thanks to Sue at Small World Vacations for the heads up!


  1. DFB Sarah says

    Nicole, we expect that the 2018 dining plan will allow an alcoholic beverage at buffets when available. The info on is a little vague, as it doesn’t specifically say that alcoholic beverages are allowed at buffets… but then further down specifies specialty beverages aren’t allowed in 2017 only. So. We think you can get an available alcoholic or specialty beverage at buffets with the 2018 Disney Dining and Deluxe Dining Plans — but things are subject to change and clarification, so we’ll have to wait and see for sure.

  2. says

    Quick Service Review / You better want alcohol. *** Please take note the below info does not include the refillable mug at your resort. So if your someone that goes every day and gets 4 or 5 refills a day then the below would not be accurate for you. You could come out even if you got that many refills each and every day at your resort. I personally can barely walk by the time I am done so hauling it to the food court is not something I do. **Keep in mind when you use your quick service meal there though that this will up you needing to get 5-6 refills to not waste money.

    Folks, for those of you looking at a quick service plan, I highly suggest you look at where you want to eat and what you want. For a quick service plan to actually save you any money at all you would need to insure you bought 2 $5.00 snacks and each of your 2 quick service meals would need to cost 21.25. So that translates to having to go to just 1 or two places (within each park available) and you would have to get the most expensive thing on the menu to actually come out even or save yourself money.

    For example: most participating quick service places (make sure you check with actually accept as some don’t) are under 14.99 per person with a beverage costing 3.79. ($18.78) The average cost of a quick service meal is 12.99. Add your 3.79 soda to that and you end up with $16.78. If you were at Hollywood Studios you can go to The Commissary and get a meal that is the highest at 17.49 (chicken and ribs) so with a beverage you would be in good shape there. BUT you would have to eat there and get that exact meal 2 times that day to not throw money away on this plan. No OTHER place at Hollywood Studios has any quick service food prices that with your beverage would be over 21.25. Each park is like this so it is VERY limiting if you actually want to not throw money away. I generally, for quick service, end up with a 11.99 or 9.99 meal so this is even more money wasted if you are in that range.

    ***So now the alcohol. They must be betting on how many people won’t drink alcohol or won’t realize how and where you can get it. So back at Hollywood Studios again. Commissary you can get an alcoholic beverage with a meal (many food options) and get to 21.25 and you also can at Backlot (many options). But the only other place (Min and Bills) where you can get a fabulous (by the way) margarita your meal would be a hot dog that is a 8.29. So your back to 18.29 for your total, throwing away money because you didn’t reach your 21.25. So you need to plan on eating at The Commissary or Backlot to not waste money. There is NO quick service serving alcohol at Magic Kingdom for quick service meal so your not going to do anything but throw that money away that day. 15.99 at Pecos Bills is your most expensive meal available quick service so eat were you want and those days, you loosing money those days no matter what.

    Yes, this can be effective but it is VERY limiting. In short, getting a dining plan is really just paying for the convenience of not having to carry money or a debit card. I personally would be throwing away 18.00 per day buying it. I could go into a long story explaining all the plans this way but bottom line you have to know which place or two to go to and you have to want that most expensive meal or drink alcohol for it to work. ALL plans end up this way when you spend the time to look at it.

    You would think with Disney now allowing people to bring in their own food that they would actually come up with a plan that would save the average person money and detour them from bringing food. Now I generally bring a bottle of water and a soda with me, along with a few snacks. Have a lovely table service meal for a total of 25.00. Get a Mickey Ice cream bar 5.00 and then even if I get a quick service meal at 11.99 I am still out the door that day with paying 42.00. (you did see that a plan with a table service and a quick service meal & 2 snacks was 2018 Folks don’t let the Plans fool you. I LOVE my Disney. I have been over 300 times but these plans aren’t really worth it for most people and they are making an extra 10 to 20 dollars off of you a day buying it. Save your money and buy a shirt every other day!

    You might think it a waste of time to review the plans and participating places. But if it save you 100.00 + dollars isn’t it worth it? If your someone who happens to want that chicken and ribs twice then it will work for you!!!! If you have never been I highly suggest look at who serves what. Its all very busy and can be time consuming to figure out where to go for what kind of food if your not a pro. Even the blogs can be misleading. For example here under the quick service t shows you a great drink from the Brown Derby lounge. They don’t accept dining plans AT ALL. If you hear folks say to you, “you can exchange to quick service meals for a table service with a standard or deluxe plan” make sure you add that up as that is really throwing away some cash, in most cases. I again, would much rather have a shirt! And although you can’t find a person more crazy about my beloved Disney, honesty here is the best policy. Hope this helps!

  3. Carolyn Hopper says

    Hey. So…. specialty drinks; does that include the cute little light up characters? And if we’re taking our 11 year old ( who counts as an adult on the Dining plan), could we technically order 3 alcoholic drinks? ((Like 2 glasses of wine for my meal and just a regular soda for her?))

  4. says

    Carolyn — I’m really not sure if you’d be able to order the alcoholic beverage from her dining plan. Great question! I’ll have to look into that on my January trip.

  5. Irene says

    If I’m paying the same amount as my 12 year old and I can buy alcohol and she can’t, I better be able to order and consume her drink. Disney needs to consider another level for under 21s. An “artisinal” milkshake isn’t the same value as a mixed drink or glass of wine.

  6. Dennis says

    Do you have a complete list of all dining experiences offering alcohol with the new plan?

  7. Kelly Burns says

    This alcohol thing really does matter when you are considering the potential cost and/or savings. At approx $10 a pop for even just a beer in the parks I would like to make sure I am getting one if included. I’m obviously not looking to get bombed on family vacation lol, but if the counter service meal I am ordering does not have alcohol I feel as though the credit should carry over. I also appreciate the suggestion above -a listing of dining experiences that do offer it, would simplify things.

  8. Alyssa says

    So I was wondering, since the meals will allow you to get an alcoholic beverage will you be able to get some of the drinks offered at Epcot as a snack credit as well? It would be interesting to have that option and maybe split an interesting drink with a friend here and there to use up credits.

  9. Allison says

    We always go when there is free dining which I’m sure it’s days are numbered. We get the free quick service and pay for the upgrade. As a family of 6 and the amount of food they can eat, the dine plan is worth it to us but we aren’t paying full price for it either. We will enjoy all of it while it lasts………

  10. Mary Lee says

    So with the quick service…no more desserts? My son and I don’t drink so I think this really really stinks. He has a disability and can’t but he loves his desserts. It should be either / or.

  11. DFB Sarah says

    Mary Lee, that’s right, no more desserts. But as a general rule, we’ve been able to substitute a drink for a side or dessert. Just ask the cast member when you place your order.

  12. Kat says

    In the past I have changed a quick service credit for 3 snack credits at one booth at the Food & Wine Festival. Wondering if anyone tried to do this at the Flower and Garden Festival this year, and whether you could get 2 snacks and an alcoholic beverage? It could be a game changer for food and wine!

  13. Matt says

    2 questions :

    1. If you choose for an alcoholic beverage, does it need to be purchased with a meal? Or can you purchase the beverage by itself (say to consume as you walk around the park)?

    2. With the quick service dining plan, is there an option to combine two quick services meals for one sit down meal?

    Thanks in advance.

  14. DFB Sarah says

    Matt, the alcoholic beverage does need to be purchased with the meal (the meal credit includes the drink and can’t be separated from it). And unfortunately, no, you can’t exchange two quick service credits for one table service credit. (The only exchange we’ve seen used is one quick service meal being exchanged for three snack credits — all used at the same time.)

  15. Sandra G says

    Mary Lee, my son has autism and wants dessert with his meal in the evening. Since Disney added back a second snack credit, it is easy to use that to get him a dessert. When we eat at our resort food court, we don’t even need to do that; you can usually swap the beverage for a dessert item and just use your resort refillable mug.

    I think some of the people who are unhappy that they can’t use their kiddo’s drink allotment to get a second beer or wine need to consider that at least Disney is offering some special drink options like smoothies that normally cost $5-8 which is considerably more than the usual soft drink. While it doesn’t match the $11 cost of mixed drinks, if you are drinking wine or beer, the costs are pretty close, and they are doubtless constrained from providing drinks for an adult against a child’s meal by Florida liquor laws.

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