This week at Walt Disney World, yet another price hike goes into effect, several new dining and upcharge options are announced, plus Epcot makes a big announcement about 2018.
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort gets a jump on this year's iteration of Halloween Horror Nights, LEGOLAND Florida releases a new interactive game, and Busch Gardens Tampa beings back a fan favorite adults-only tour!
1. Prices for the Disney Dining Plan go up
Though fans debate endlessly about whether or not the Disney Dining Plan is "worth it" Disney has released new pricing for the Disney Dining Plan, effective immediately. Here’s a breakdown of the new per-night prices for un-discounted dining plans:
Quick Service Plan
- Adult – $48.19 (up from $46.34)
- Child – $21.00 (up from $20.18)
Regular Dining Plan
- Adult – $69.35 (up from $67.33)
- Child – $24.95 (up from $24.22)
Deluxe Dining Plan
- Adult – $106.68 (up from $103.57)
- Child – $38.75 (up from $37.62)
As you can see, these price hikes aren't exactly that massive, with most plans increasing by $1 - $3. However, if you are a family of four spending a week at Walt Disney World, these little increases can add up quickly, costing this hypothetical family (potentially) over a hundred dollars more if they go with the deluxe plan.
2. Fantasmic! breakfast dining packages now available
One of the easiest ways to to secure a guaranteed viewing spot for Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios is to book Fantasmic! Dining Package. Previously, this package has only included Lunch and Dinner at Hollywood & Vine, but Disney has quietly begun including breakfast for this package as well, effective immediately.
3. New physical prop PhotoPass feature now testing at the Tangled toilets
Earlier this week Disney quietly began testing a new physical prop feature at the Tangled toilets that allows guests to hold one of the glowing lanterns from the film while posing in front of the restrooms. This new PhotoPass test is being offered at random times throughout the day, and we have no idea if this will be a permanent offering at the Magic Kingdom or not.
4. Festival of the Arts confirmed to be returning in 2018
Earlier this year, Epcot kicked of the first-ever Festival of the Arts, which featured tons of interesting art displays, demonstrations, hands-on activities, specialty food kiosks and even Broadway performances. The lineup truly had something for everyone and unsurprisingly it proved to be quite a hit with park-goers, driving some serious attendance boosts in the early weeks of 2017. With that in mind, it probably comes as little surprise that it has been confirmed that Disney is officially bringing the Festival of the Arts back for a second year in 2018. While we don't have any details about dates yet, at least we know this event will be back sometime next year!