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:

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Review: Jalapeno Poppers and Sides at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today, we’re in search of a few supporting actor dishes at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This spot is pretty easy to overlook if you’re just wandering through DHS. It’s located along a walkway that appears to house buildings for the studio backlot.

In other words, it looks like a bunch of offices and a cafeteria. Except it’s not. But it kinda is, since it was themed after…a bunch of offices and a cafeteria. ;-) And besides, with not much of a backlot left these days, this area really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense anymore.

While I’ve never been all that excited about the food here, you can find some solid choices for lunch and dinner. Also, it’s worth noting that, while lunch is your garden variety Disney counter service concept, dinner switches over to a fast casual service model.

That means for the midday meal, you order your food and collect it at the kitchen counter. But for dinner, you order, take a pager, find a seat, and your meal finds you.

It’s dinner that we’re taking a closer look at today, as we explore some of your options for sides and appetizers — and Disney Dining Plan snack credits! — when you dine at ABC Commissary for Dinner. Let’s take a look.

Dinner Appetizers and Sides

While the lunch menu at ABC Commissary offers fairly straight forward fast food (think burgers, sandwiches, nuggets, and salads), dinner is a slightly more refined experience — at least in terms of some of the menu offerings.

Ordering stations at ABC Commissary

Ordering stations at ABC Commissary

There is some overlap. You’ll find the barbecued chicken and ribs combo platter on both the lunch and dinner menu as well as the Mediterranean salad. But dishes like the Chimichurri sirloin steak and the seared lemon pepper salmon are solely the domain of the evening meal. And it’s a few of the sides that are offered with these dishes that we want to explore.

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Menu — Click to Enlarge

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Tips: When Should I Visit the Festival?

Are you as excited about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival as we are? It will be here before you know it!

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Summer may have just begun, but in just a couple of months — weeks, really — we’ll be kicking off the festival with strolls along World Showcase Promenade, sipping and noshing on lots of new dishes and returning favorites.

And even though we’re still awaiting major details, like booking dates and a full list of events, there’s plenty that we can get started on in the way of planning.

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Cheers to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

But there’s one factor you must determine before you can get to any of your other plans: what’s the time best time to visit the Epcot Food and Wine Festival? We answer below — including some things you may not have thought about. [Read more…]

Father’s Day Sale: Save 30% Off Everything in the DFB Store!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you special guys out there! We love the guys in our lives — including uncles, grandfathers, big brothers, stepparents, and godfathers, and anyone who takes the time to be a father figure to those around him.

And who doesn’t want to give Dad the best gift ever: a superbly planned trip to Disney World where he gets to eat all the best food and drink all the best drinks?!? We’ve got a great deal today to help you make that happen!

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30% Off Everything in the DFB Store with Code: DADSDAY!

Seriously — EVERYTHING!! Just use code DadsDay for a limited time!

Our sale includes all of the DFB Guides that you’ve come to know, love, and trust to bring you the very best, most up to date, and most relevant coverage of Disney Food available anywhere! Check out our testimonials page to see how other Disney fans like you feel about our guides!

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2017 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-Book, Second Edition

Our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining, our original Guide, is newly updated for 2017-2018 and covers it all! We take you to every park, every resort, and every single restaurant, lounge, and kiosk as we share with you our latest reviews, tips, advice, and photos of all the food you can enjoy across Walt Disney World.

It doesn’t end there, though. We also have fantastic tricks and insider info to save you time, money, and hassle as you plan your next Walt Disney World visit. All things Dad will LOVE to have happening!

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Bundle For the BEST Deal!

But without a doubt, Bundling is the BEST deal of all! Where can you get critically-acclaimed and beloved Disney guides worth over $100 for around $40? Right HERE!

2017 Everything Bundle

Our DFB Guide Bundles are already hugely discounted. But when you purchase any of our Bundles today, you’ll receive an additional 30% off — a total steal!

Whatever you’re looking for — just Snack Guides, the DFB Guide + Snacks, or Everything — we have just the right bundle for you.

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And Keep In Mind…the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is JUST Around the Corner!

And when you pre-order our 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival or our 2017 DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays, you’ll get our 2016 versions for FREE as immediate downloads (and we’ll send you the 2017 versions the moment they’re published!) That’s like getting two books for the price of one — with 30% off on top of that! This offer is good when you purchase any bundle that includes the books as well.

But hurry! These savings won’t be offered for long.

So don’t miss your chance to save time and money planning your next Disney World trip with our complete line of DFB Guide e-books! Just enter promo code DadsDay at check out and save 30% off of your entire order.

With your satisfaction guaranteed (yep — love it, or you get your money back!) on all of our DFB Guides, you have nothing to lose! Check out our customer reviews below! 

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As always, we thank you for your support of the Disney Food Blog! We couldn’t do this without all of you! And Happy Father’s Day to ALL of you awesome dads out there!

It’s Summer! Sign Up for the DFB Newsletter to See All the Latest Disney Eats First!

So, we’re pretty much running around like crazy people with all of the killer snacks and souvenir stuff coming out of Disney World and Disneyland lately.

There were near riots over the Beauty and the Beast Rose Tumbler a few months back. And we’re loving the Pirates Skull Mug — with Dole Whip of course.

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Dole Whip Floats + Skulls. YAAAAAASSSSS.

 

But that’s not all. There are also some outrageously fantastic themed foods, like doughnuts that give you super powers in Disneyland. (That’s right, right? Like I didn’t miss something there, I’m pretty sure.)
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Countdown to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

It will be here before you know it! We are less than three months away from the start of the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! So it’s a great time for you to take advantage of some special savings on the DFB Guides

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We have so much fun providing you with all there is to know about Disney Food. Because there’s one thing we’re passionate about: making sure that you enjoy the best Disney trip ever, every time. And for us, the Food and Wine Festival is VERY. SERIOUS. BUSINESS. So…

Pre-Order the 2017 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book and SAVE 30%

The DFB Guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival offers you everything you need to know about the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in one handy volume. And even better – this guide is currently being updated to bring you the very latest information for the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Star Wars Eats at Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Heya Guys! Have WE got a treat for YOU today! But first off, a little intro is in order. We’d like you to welcome Adam, who makes his debut on our latest DFB Video today!

And this one takes us inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a closer look at the food at Backlot Express!

Dark Side Chicken and Waffles

Dark Side Chicken and Waffles

Does it surprise you to know that Backlot Express is one of our favorite spots to eat at DHS? The reasons are pretty simple. First, there’s some incredible themeing. Seriously, if you ever lose me at Studios, chances are good that I’m wandering around in here. [Read more…]

Limited Time!: Save 40% Off of the Entire DFB Store With Our Memorial Day Sale!

As we mark a time of remembrance this weekend, we are also enjoying fun celebrations with family and friends as summer gets underway! And if you’re like me, that means one thing — vacation is JUST around the corner!

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Because of that, I wanted to remind you of our huge sale on everything in the DFB Store! But hurry! These savings are only for a limited time.

Save 40% Off On Everything in the DFB Store!

And yes — we mean EVERYTHING — with code 40SALE for a limited time!

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New Video: 10 FREE Things to Do in Walt Disney World!

What?! Free + Disney? Impossible!

But wait — it’s not! There are actually free things to do — and even a few free things to EAT — at Walt Disney World. And we’re sharing our 10 favorite today in our latest DFB Video!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

Whether you’re looking to take a trip around WDW on the monorail, catch live music in Disney Springs, or take in a camp fire with Chip n Dale, there are some surprising ways to have a great time at Disney without laying out a bunch of cash. [Read more…]

New Pandora Video: Pongu Pongu Review — PLUS MORE!

It’s official!! Pandora — The World of AVATAR — in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is OPEN! And…um…the lines are a little cray-cray.

Pandora Wait Times...once you actually get into Pandora...on opening day

Pandora Wait Times…once you actually get into Pandora…on opening day

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Line to get into Pandora from the front of Animal Kingdom

So we recommend staying home this weekend instead of braving the insanity that is the three hour wait to get IN TO Pandora, and then the three hour wait to ride any of the rides…and watch our Pandora videos instead!! ;-D

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