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5 Things You Need to Know About the New Disney Dining Plan

Earlier this week news broke that Disney was testing out a brand new tier of Disney Dining plan that would involve only quick service meals. Named Disney Dine-on-the-Go, this new dining offering will debut at the Magic Kingdom on January 12th. However, like with the regular Disney Dining Plan, we're not too sure if this new offering is really a great deal for the majority of guests. But first, let's go over the basics of this dining option.. 

1. Introducing the Disney Dine-on-the-Go plan at the Magic Kingdom

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As you might expect given the name, this new dining plan is focused on quick service options. Guests who purchase this plan are able to redeem a number of dining certificates at certain times of the day for quick service meals. Each Disney Dine-on-the-Go meal plan costs $29 per guest ($12 for kids 3-9) plus tax and includes the following:

  • One lunch quick-service meal that includes one (1) entrée and one (1) non-alcoholic single-serving beverage
  • One dinner quick-service meal that includes one (1) entrée and one (1) non-alcoholic single-serving beverage

While that sounds pretty good on the surface, this plan is significantly slimmed down from other dining plan options (even quick service ones) as it doesn't include any snacks or desserts. In addition, there are also some serious restrictions on these meals that guests should definitely know about before they purchase this plan. 

2. Hungry guests are going to need to keep an eye on the time

Cosmic Rays

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One of the great things about the traditional Disney Dining Plan is that guests who aren't necessarily hungry for breakfast one day or miss lunch trying to get to a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+ reservation are not penalized, and can simply retain their unused meals, using them at a different time or even on an alternate date during their vacation. 

However, the Disney Dine-on-the-Go plan is much more restricted. For starters, both meals the dining plan must be used on the date of purchase, and are not valid on other days. Second of all (and potentially more troubling), you can only purchase lunch until 4:00PM and you can only purchase dinner after 4:00PM. So, if you get a late start at the Magic Kingdom and then get stuck in line for Space Mountain, if you aren't out of the attraction by 4:00PM, you forfeit your meal. 

3. Right now guests will be confined to dining inside a single park

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Right now, the 1-Day Disney Dine-on-the-Go dining plan is only available at the Magic Kingdom for a six week trial period between January 12 and February 22, 2017. Guests cannot pre-purchase this option online, as it must be bought at either Guest relations or a Vacation Planning Booth at this park. 

However, perhaps of greater concern, guests who want to take advantage of this option aren't able to leave the Magic Kingdom. Though park hopping is a popular option for many guests, because of the time sensitive nature of the vouchers used by this program, and the fact that they are only good at select restaurants at the Magic Kingdom, guests who purchase this dinign plan are effectively stuck at a single park for an entire day.

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