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 January's dining update, a big cut comes to Be Our Guest, a trio of new eateries open at Disney Springs, plus a new free dining offer is now available for guests booking a stay at a Value resort this summer! 

1. Cheddar Cheese Soup now available year-round at Refreshment Port 

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Canada's Cheddar Cheese Soup has been a staple of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for years, but hungry guests who can't get enough of this soup should be delighted to learn that Disney is now offering this soup year-round at the Refreshment Port quick service snack stop, which is right at the entrance to the World Showcase. And in even better news, guests can now order this soup not only just in a cup, but atop french fries as well! The single cup (which is about the size of the serving at the Food and Wine Festival) costs $4.19 and the soup with fries option is $5.99, which makes the latter seem like a much better deal! 

2. Permits filed for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge restuarants

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Though we're still more than a year away from the 2019 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, permits have officially been filed for the construction of the two new restaurants that will be housed in this land, including the quick-service cantina as well as the dinner show table service restaurant. Though the permits don't reveal any new information about these dining locations, at least we know that work is progressing on this part of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and hopefully Disney will reveal more information soon!

3. Paper plates now being used at Be Our Guest for lunch service

As reported earlier this week, the Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom has replaced their ceramic plates and silverware with paper plates and plastic cutlery for their quick service lunch. Several Cast Members have said that this is a limited-time test, but given the current cost-cutting climate at Walt Disney World, we wouldn't be surprised if this became a permanent change. 


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