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 the first dining update of the summer, Disney releases information for next year's iteration of the Disney Dining Plan, a new upcharge gets underway this summer at the Magic Kingdom, plus Epcot gets ready for the 2018 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, coming this fall! 

1. Disney Dining Plan prices holding steady for 2019

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Earlier this week Disney began accepting bookings for vacation packages in 2019, and also released prices for the Disney Dining Plan for next year as well. And though last year saw some modest increases in cost it looks like Disney may have found a "ceiling" for the cost of the Disney Dining Plan, as prices are remaining steady for adults, and are only increasing slightly for children. 

Here's the official cost breakdown of 2019's Disney Dining Plan offerings per guest, per night of resort stay, as well as a reminder of what each dining plan will get a single guest daily:

Quick Service Dining Plan: $52.49/adult, $23.78/child age 3-9 

  • Two Quick Service Meals (one entree and beverage, specialty or alcoholic included)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug 

Standard Dining Plan: $75.49/adult, $27.98

  • One Table Service Meal (includes entree, beverage, and dessert or full buffet)
  • One Quick Service Meal (one entree and beverage, specialty or alcoholic included)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug 
Deluxe Dining Plan: $116.24/adult, $43.49/child age 3-9
  • Three Meals (either at Quick Service or Table Service, with the options listed above)
  • Two Snacks
  • One Refillable Resort Mug

2. Mermaid cupcakes popping up at Walt Disney World for summer

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Though this past spring brought Millennial Pink cupcakes to every single Disney park (and several resorts as well) it looks like the trend for the summer might just be mermaid cupcakes, as the Magic Kingdom introduced a Mermaid Cupcake earlier this month that features vanilla cake, sea foam green buttercream, chocolate crispy pearls, sprinkles, and an iridescent mermaid tail cookie. And now it looks like the BoardWalk Bakery has gotten in on the fun, making its own mermaid cupcake with vanilla cake, coconut filling, with fun icing seashells on top! 


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