Q: What changes have Disney made to the Dining Plans for 2017?
A: If its been a few years since you’ve been to Walt Disney World and you’re planning on purchasing one of Disney’s dining plans, you may want to get up to speed with the new changes that went into place effective January 1st, 2017.
If you’ve been to the parks over the past few years, you’ll remember the dining plans looking a little bit like this:
- 2016 Quick Service Dining Plan: 2 Quick Service Meals, 1 Snack, 1 Refillable Resort Mug
- 2016 Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Meal, 1 Quick Service Meal, 1 Snack, 1 Refillable Resort Mug
- 2016 Deluxe Disney Dining Plan: 3 Meals (can be Table or Quick Service), 1 Snack and 1 Refillable Resort Mug.
Under these plans, those using their credits for a Quick Service Meal were entitled to one entree, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage. Those on the regular Disney Dining Plan using their credits for a Table Service Meal would also get an entree, dessert and drink. Those on the Deluxe Dining Plan would get the same and in addition would be entitled to an appetizer when dining at a Table Service or Signature Dining location.
This year the plan has changed slightly with guests receiving the following allocations:
- 2017 Quick Service Dining Plan: 2 Quick Service Meals, 2 Snacks, 1 Refillable Resort Mug
- 2017 Disney Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Meal, 1 Quick Service Meal, 2 Snacks, 1 Refillable Resort Mug
- 2017 Deluxe Disney Dining Plan: 3 Meals (can be Table or Quick Service), 2 Snacks and 1 Refillable Resort Mug.
As you can see, guests are now getting an extra Snack per day bringing their Snack total up to 2. This is a result of guest feedback, as visitors, when surveyed felt that having a dessert with their Quick Service Meal was just cupcake overload. So instead, Disney changed it so that a Quick Service Meal only comes with an entree and drink allowing guests to benefit from having an extra Snack Credit each day. This change applies to any diner having a Quick Service Meal regardless of plan.
But I visited last week and was still told that I could get a dessert with my Quick Service Meal. Why is this? I have had a few reports of this form clients visiting the parks this week and I would honestly just chalk it up to the transition period of moving from one plan to the next without all Cast Members perhaps knowing about the switch over. As 2017 progresses, it would seem that this would be less and less of a regular occurrence.
For information on what restaurants are covered by the Disney Dining Plan please check out this article.
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