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If you are booking a Disney World Dining Plan for your vacation here is a useful guide so that you can compare the different options and prices for 2012.
The Disney Dining Plan is only available if you book a Disney resort hotel package which includes park tickets. The Dining Plan is now also open to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members who book a Disney World hotel stay.
What are the different types of Disney World Dining Plan and how much do they cost?
Disney World Quick Service Dining Plan
Each guest will receive 2 Counter Service Meals and 1 Snack Per Day for each night of your stay.
For example if you stay 5 nights you will receive a total of 10 Counter Service Meals and 5 Snacks for your visit. You can use the ‘Credits’ on any day of your stay. So if you wanted to use 3 Snack Credits on one day you could, and then you would have 2 left for the rest of your stay.
You can easily keep track of your remaining Dining Credits. Each time you use a Credit you will receive a receipt and the total balance for your party will be on that. You can also ask at any Disney dining or resort location for them to check what remains on your Credit Balance.
All of your Credits expire at midnight on the day that you check out. This is the same for all of the Disney Dining Plans.
What is included in a Quick Service Meal? For breakfast you can have a entree and any non alcoholic beverage, for lunch and dinner it includes an entree, dessert and a non alcoholic beverage. Children must choose from the children’s menu when one is available.
Each guest also gets a resort refillable mug each for the duration of their stay. You can have unlimited drinks refills from your home resort. This means that if you are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge you would only be able to refill the mug at that resort. You can no longer take it to a different resort and get free refills.
The price of The Disney World Quick Service Dining Plan is unchanged from 2011 at:
$34.99 per day for adults
$11.99 per day for children aged 3 to 9
Disney Dining Plan
This will give guests 1 Table Service Meal, 1 Quick Service Meal and 1 Snack Credit for each day of their visit.
Guests on the Disney Dining Plan also get the resort refillable mug.
Prices for the Disney Dining Plan have increased since last year and are now:
$45.99 per day (Regular Season) and $47.99 per day (Peak Season) for Adults
$11.99 per day (Regular Season) and $12.99 per day (Peak Season) for Children aged 3 to 9.
A Table Service meal for breakfast includes an entree and a non alcoholic beverage. You can also have a buffet breakfast. For lunch and dinner you can choose an entree and a dessert, or a buffet. A non alcoholic beverage is also included.
There are some Signature Restaurants which will require 2 Credits. Examples of this are Cinderella’s Royal Table and Epcot Le Cellier Steakhouse
Gratuities are not included for the Table Service Meals except at Dinner Shows and Cinderella’s Royal Table. What this means is that you are going to have quite a bit of extra charge per day on gratuities for Disney restaurant meals.
Disney charges more at most restaurants for Peak Season. The currently announced Peak Season dates are:
2/16/12 – 2/25/12,
3/09/12 – 4/14/12
6/1/12 – 8/4/12,
12/21/12 – 12/31/12
Over the years Disney World has increased the Peak Season dates more and more so that is now covers quite a considerable period of the year.
In my opinion this Dining Plan is a much better value than the Quick Service Dining. If you budget allows, the Disney full service restaurants are a great experience and the Dining Plan really does mean that you can save some money.
Deluxe Disney Dining Plan
This offers the most options – and probably more food than you can actually eat! Each day you have credit for a total of 3 meals which can be either full service or quick service dining. So if you wanted 3 character buffets a day this would cover it.
You also get 2 Snacks per day and a resort refillable mug.
The pricing for the 2012 Deluxe Disney Dining Plan per day is:
$85.52 (Regular Season) and $89.52 (Peak Season) for Adults
$23.79 per day (Regular Season) and $25.79 (Peak Season) for Children aged 3 to 9.
Gratuities are not included so this could add quite a considerable amount onto your dining charges.
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