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 December's second dining update, annual passholder dining perks are rolled back, Disney announces an early 2018 start for three new eateries, plus prices go up for a popular hotel amenity, and making dining reservations get a whole lot easier thanks to a third-party service...
1. Annual passholder discount reduced beginning this week
Though annual passhodlers have been enjoying generous 20% off discounts at several dining locations for the past year, Disney has announced that the last day to take advantage of this discount will be December 23, 2017. After that, all dining discounts will revert back to the standard 10% discount at all table service locations and dinner shows through the end of 2018.
This is certainly a bit of a bummer, and while we're sad to see this robust discount go, Disney has been known to reinstate limited-time dining discounts for annual passholders during off seasons, so it will be more important than ever to keep an eye out for seasonal promotions in the year ahead to save the most possible on dining. While that 10% may be a bit anemic for the moment, if attendance slides in the new year as many are predicting, we wouldn't be surprised if Disney offers some additional discounts at high-price (but low traffic) locations like Tiffins and the Skipper Canteen in the new year.
2. Dining reservations at Walt Disney World now available via OpenTable
Select Disney-owned restaurants are now available for reservations on OpenTable, which is a third-party reservation system that will allow guests to bypass the My Disney Experience reservation system (which can be quite cumberson) and also get around the credit card guarantee. Guests can make reservations now 60 days in advance, but are not able to book special events.
Here is the current list of Disney-owned restaurants (which are all in hotels) currently available for booking on OpenTable:
- Flying Fish at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
- Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Boatwright’s at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Olivia’s at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge