The Disney Dining Plan
, a pre-purchased food and beverage plan that guests can add to their Disney Vacation Packages, has been a popular choice for many groups since it launched 12 years ago. Over the years various updates of the plan have added (and removed) many popular items, but the 2018 update might be the most popular one yet.
The 2018 plans now allow for guests to order one specialty beverage per meal. This includes the various specialty milkshakes that WDW has been promoting in recent months and LeFou’s Brew (which is classified as a snack credit). Other beverages options include fresh smoothies, hot chocolate, soda, coffee, or tea.
For those over 21 and over alcoholic drinks are also now included. Unfortunately, this isn’t like cruise ship drink packages. Here guests can order one single-serving alcoholic drink per meal. The alcoholic beverages in the dining packages include beer, cider, wine, sangria, mixed drinks, and specialty cocktails. The alcoholic beverages can only be ordered when ordering a meal. Just like with food, the menus will have a Disney Dining logo beside each beverage that is included in the program. It should also be noted that, just like with food, not all beverages are included.
As more restaurants at Disney World add alcohol, including ones located inside the Magic Kingdom
, the addition of those drinks to the dining plan helps keep the plans relevant.
All three of the Disney Dining Packages include two snack credits and a refillable resort mug along with the various dining options. With the addition of alcohol, it comes as no surprise that the dining packages have gone up in price as well. The Quick Service Dining Plan jumped from $48.19 to $52.49. The Standard Dining Plan is now $75.49 for adults, an increase of just over $6, and the Deluxe Dining Plan increased by roughly $10, now clocking in at $116.24. The dining plans are only available to on-site guests, and all guests staying in a room must have the same level plan. Disney did test a one-day quick service dining plan for off-site guests earlier this year
but that offering only last a few weeks before being canceled.
As has been the case since the program began in 2005, the Dining Plan isn’t a guaranteed better deal. Each group of guests should review their dining and drinking plans to see if the Dining Plan will be cost-effective, though with the addition of booze it might be easier for many to find value in the dining plans.