Details for the 2016 Disney Dining Plans have been announced and changes went into effect for ALL plans as of May 31, 2015.
Let’s take a quick look at Magic Your Way Packages and then delve into the changes to the Disney Dining Plans.
Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining
To take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan (DDP), you’ll need to book a Walt Disney World vacation package and then add on the DDP. Many guests find this to be a convenient way to budget for participating Disney World restaurants. In addition to staying at a Walt Disney World resort, you’ll also need to select Magic Your Way Base Admission tickets for everyone in your traveling party. Opt for 1-10 days — whatever works for your vacation!
Changes to Current Disney Dining Plan Entitlements
As mentioned above, some changes went into effect on May 31st.
For Table Service Entitlements:
- You can now share your table service entitlements! Yep, you may now “pay” with an unlimited number of available table service credits at one seating. So, if you want to treat your non-Disney Dining Plan friends to dinner, you may request to do so. Just tell your server.
- Did someone say dessert? Well, sometimes, guests actually want to make substitutions, and now they can. When available at the restaurant, you can now substitute your dessert for a fruit plate, side salad, or cup of soup. Guests can not substitute appetizers for desserts.
For Quick Service Entitlements:
- As long as it’s done in the same transaction, you may now substitute any dessert or non-alcoholic beverage for a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
- Want more snacks? During the same transaction, you may substitute a quick service meal for up to three DDP-eligible snacks.
For Snack Entitlements:
- The price of snacks no longer determines participation of that snack in the Disney Dining Plan. Items now considered snacks include any soup, ice cream novelties, two scoops or less of hand-scooped ice cream (yep, sundaes too!) but no souvenir containers, any menu item listed as a side, and any single-serving, non-alcoholic beverages (no souvenir cups) at quick service locations.
- Rather purchase breakfast with your snack credits? Go ahead! Guests can now utilize a single snack credit for cereal, French toast sticks, grits, oatmeal (or quinoa), or hard-boiled eggs. You may also use a snack credit for a side of bacon, sausage, potatoes, or eggs.
Take a look at a few more updates that we want to share with you…
Overall 2016 Disney Dining Plan Changes
The following has been added to all plans:
- During breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests may substitute a non-alcoholic beverage and/or dessert for any eligible snack at the location.
2016 Premium and Platinum Disney Dining Plan Changes
Here’s an update:
- Seasonal tours (Gardens of the World and Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy) are not mentioned. In addition, Richard Petty Driving Experience will close in late summer 2015 and thus will no longer be offered.
- Category 1 seating is only included at the 8:30pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue show.
- Pedal boats and sailboats are no longer mentioned under watercraft rentals.
- Archery is now offered for ages 7 and up (last year it was 6 and older).
- In-room childcare is now offered on the premium plan in addition to the platinum.
- The Backstage Magic Tour is no longer offered.
NEW 2016 Disney Dining Plan Restaurants
Remember, many Disney World restaurants (especially those owned by outside companies) do not re-register with the Dining Plan until the end of the year.
More Updates to Come
“Why isn’t Restaurant X listed on the plan?!???!?!?”
While some restaurants are already listed on the plans, it’ll take some time before all eateries are finalized. (Usually restaurants not owned by Disney wait until the last minute to re-up their status in the Dining Plan.) For instance, you’ll notice the absence of many Downtown Disney and Epcot restaurants. These (and others) will likely be added throughout the remaining 2015 months and will be in place by January 2016.
Our recommendation is to book your Advance Dining Reservations for 2016 based on the 2015 Disney Dining Plan Restaurant list. If, for some reason, a restaurant that you’ve booked does not continue on the Dining Plan in 2016, you can then make other plans.
2016 Disney Dining Plan Costs
Remember, you must add a Disney Dining Plan to a Magic Your Way Vacation Package.
$61.84 per night per adult ages 10 and up
$20.96 per night per children ages 3-9
Quick Service DDP:
$42.84 per night ages 10 and up
$17.47 per night age 3 to 9
$111.73 per night ages 10 and up
$32.56 per night ages 3 to 9
$208.08/adult per day ages 10 and up
$152.60/child per day ages 3 to 9
$260.10 per adult per day ages 10 and up
$201.65 per child per day ages 3 to 9
Prices include tax and are subject to change.
Stay tuned for more Disney Dining Plan information as it is released. Please understand that this is all subject to change.
What do you think about the changes to the Disney Dining Plan? Are you more apt to purchase the Disney Dining Plan now… or not? Be heard in the comments below!