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

4. Guests will have very limited options at the park

Casey's corner

Image: Disney

Despite being the most-attended theme park in the world, the Magic Kingdom is not known for having the best dining options at Walt Disney World. And even though things have been improving at this park with the addition of the Skipper Canteen in 2015, and updated menus at a couple locations around the park, guests who purchase this deal are only available to purchase quick service meals at the following restaurants: 

  • Casey’s Corner
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Café
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

5. Guests will need to study the menu in order to get their money's worth with this new plan

Image: Disney

The goal of most guests, when it comes to the Disney Dining Plan (in any form) is to save money by ordering enough food to outweigh the cost of the plan itself. However, given this plan's cost ($29 per adult) and the cost of what you are actually getting, it would be very hard to "break even" or come out ahead. Don't believe us? Let's do some math. 

The cost of an adult plan is $29, and includes two entrees and two single-serving drinks. A fountain beverage costs $3.29 at all quick service restaurants inside Walt Disney World parks, so lets factor out our two drinks from the price for a remaining balance of $22.42. If we divide this by two, that leaves us with roughly $11.00 per entree. And when you are eating at places like Cosmic Ray's, which only has 5 entrees over $12.00 (out of a total of 17 choices), chances are good that with this plan you will either break even, or only spend a few dollars less than you would just purchasing your food normally. 

Image: Disney

And of course, this is assuming you don't have any affiliation discounts (annual passholder, Disney Vacation Club, etc.), which would again change the math, and make this plan almost always more expensive than the discounted price you would normally pay for two quick service meals (and drinks) aroud the Magic Kingdom.

Columbia Harbour House at Magic KingdomImage: Disney

Currently this dining plan is only scheduled to be a temporary offering at the Magic Kingdom, and will only officially be available for the next few weeks at this park. However, we expect that this will likely be expanded in the coming weeks, potentially to other parks, and hopefully with an easier purchase option that allows guests to pay in advance for this dining plan, the same way they would for other dining plans. 

Are you interested in this new quick service dining option? Would you like to see it expanded to other parks, or do you think the Disney Dine-on-the-Go plan will go away after its initial trial period at the Magic Kingdom? Let us know what you think in the comments below!  

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