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4 Dining Changes Happening Now at Walt Disney World (May 2017)

Though it may not initially seem like it, Walt Disney World has truly come into its own in recent years as a real food lover’s paradise. If you count yourself as one of the many who love eating their way around the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect right now you should know about.

For May's dining update, a new dining package is announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios, we learn more about yet another restaurant reimagining at Disney Springs, plus Disney's popular free dining offer returns for 

1. Dining packages now available for The Music of Pixar Live!

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Disney has announced a new dining package for its new summer show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Beginning next month on May 26th, guests will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at some of Disney's Hollywood Studios' most popular eateries that include reserved seating for The Music of Pixar Live!, which is a new show with a live orchestra that will include a selection of soundtrack favorites from Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story and Up. You can read more about this new show here. Here are the prices for this new dining package:

Hollywood & Vine

  • Breakfast – $39 per adult and $25 per child
  • Lunch – $52 per adult and $32 per child
  • Dinner – $57 per adult and $35 per child

Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

  • Lunch & Dinner – $45 per adult and $18 per child

The Hollywood Brown Derby

  • Lunch & Dinner – $65 per adult and $22 per child

2. Free dining is back (with a catch)

After weeks of buildup, Disney has finally released details about the 2017 version of its free Disney Dining Plan promotion earlier this week. Just like in years past, guests who book Magic Your Way packages with park hopper tickets are eligible to receive a special free dining plan. However, there has been a notable change this year.

Unlike in years past, guests who book a Moderate resort stay with this offer will now only be receiving the free Quick Service Dining (which has always been available for Value resort guests), rather than the standard Disney Dining Plan which includes table service meals. With this change, it looks like the full Disney Dining Plan is now only available for free for guests booking a Deluxe resort, unless guests opt to pay an extra fee to upgrade their plan.

This popular deal can be booked now through July 7, 2017 and requires a minimum of 3 nights stay and 2-day tickets with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus. This deal is valid for the following fall & winter arrival dates:

  • August 21 – September 30, 2017
  • November 14 – 20, 2017
  • November 25 – 27, 2017
  • December 8 – 23, 2017

In addition, Disney Visa Cardholders can book the Free Disney Dining Plan promotion for arrival dates a week earlier beginning August 13, 2017.

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