Some people visit Walt Disney World for its world-class rides. Other prefer to take in one of its unique shows. Others still love perusing the various shops around the theme parks, looking for new and unique merchandise. However, there is yet another type of Disney guest, and one that has become increasingly more common in recent years: the foodie!
Walt Disney World is truly a food lover’s paradise, and if you count yourself as one of the many who love eating their way around its parks and resorts, there are some big changes taking effect very soon that you should know about. From changes coming to the Disney Dining Plan to some new policies at popular restaurants like Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom and the Garden Grill at Epcot, here are all the dining changes you need to know about:
1. Changes to the 2016 Disney Dining Plan
As summer 2015 winds down, many guests may be looking to 2016 to plan their next Walt Disney World vacation. If you are one of the many that will be taking advantage of the Disney Dining Plan in the near future, here are a few changes you may not have heard about. Note: even though these changes were confirmed last month when the 2016 Disney Dining Plan brochure was officially released, these changes have all already gone into effect all around Walt Disney World!
First up, for table service entitlements, Disney has actually responded to guest feedback and is making it easier for parties with the Disney Dining Plan to share their table service entitlements with others. So, for instance, if someone who is using the Disney Dining Plan is meeting up with another guest that isn’t a part of the plan, the first person can cover the second’s bill at any eligible table service restaurant by paying with their own credits. A new substitution rule is also in effect at table service restaurants that allows guests who have a dessert entitlement who do not wish to use it to now request a fruit plate, side salad, or cup of soup instead of a dessert so their extra credit does not go to waste.
Over on the quick service side of things, guests can now substitute any dessert or non-alcoholic beverage entitlement for a snack credit. And while it is certainly feasible that skipping out on desert and drinks could lead guests to accumulate a mountain of snack credits, this may not be an actual bad thing, as yet another policy change allows guests to now exchange three snack credits for one regular quick service meal.
However, if you are looking to redeem your snack credits for actual snacks instead of just hoarding them, the updated Disney Dining Plan now has a more generous selection of items for guests to choose from, as the price of snacks will no longer determine participation of that snack in the Disney Dining Plan. Items that are now considered snacks under the Disney Dining Plan (regardless of price) include any soup, ice cream novelty, cereal, oatmeal, side of bacon, sausage, potatoes, and even a plain caramel apple.
2. Breakfast becomes permanent at Be Our Guest
Though this isn’t exactly the most surprising change, Disney officially announced this week that the test for Be Our Guest will come to an end this fall as a new, permanent breakfast option is introduced.
Starting October 4th, guests will be able to enjoy daily breakfast at Be Our Guest from 8-10AM. Reservations for this new offering will begin later this week, on August 5th. Though the menu for Be Our Guest’s breakfast will remain the same, the price for this dining experience will be increased to $21.99 for adults and $13.99 for kids (from the original $19.99 and $11.99 price points, respectively).
While breakfast may not be everyone’s first meal choice for dining inside the Magic Kingdom, if someone in your party really wants to eat inside this iconic restaurant, taking advantage of this additional meal seating is a great way to make that dream a reality, as breakfast reservations are often easier to come by than lunch or dinner. Unfortunately, the last time reservations opened up for breakfast at Be Our Guest there were some massive technical issues, so interested guests will need to be sure they are poised and ready to make and confirm these reservations as soon as possible so they can secure their seat!