One of the big incentives Walt Disney World offers its resort guests every year is the Disney Dining Plan, which is only available for those staying on property and may or may not be a good deal for hungry guests looking to save some money, depending on who you ask.
Though the specifics of the Disney Dining Plan change slightly every year (with different tiers offered, accommodations required, etc.), with package bookings now available for 2018, we've noticed some BIG changes have been made to next year's edition of the Disney Dining Plan, which you should definitely consider before you confirm your travel plans for 2018. And while some of these changes were rumored for some time, there's one in particular we didn't see coming...
Specialty beverages (including alcohol!) now included in Disney Dining Plan
While beverages available as part of the Disney Dining Plan have historically included soft drinks, juices, milk, coffee, and tea, beginning next year guests using the Disney Dining Plan will be able to use their beverage entitlement (at either quick service or table service locations) to order "specialty" beverages with their meals.
This new class of beverages include artisan milkshakes, fresh smoothies and even blended coffee and hot chocolate drinks. But perhaps in an even bigger surprise, it was confirmed that with this new beverage designation guests over 21 can now order a single serving alcoholic beverage with their meal, which can include beer, cider, wine, mixed drinks or even specialty cocktails
Though this addition probably doesn't change much if you are traveling with a lot of young guests, if your party has a number of guests over the age of 21 (who drink alcoholic beverages), this new addition could be a game changer, as alcoholic drinks can be double or triple the cost of traditional beverages, and can change the potential value of this year's Disney Dining Plan substantially.
However, speaking of changing math, we also have information about pricing for next year's dining plans as well, and to no one's surprise, costs are going to be higher in 2018, but you might be surprised by how much the cost is going to go up...