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4 Interesting Changes Coming to Walt Disney World Hotel Perks

Walt Disney World resorts are known the world over for their service, amenities, and attention to theme. However, regular visitors to the resort know that the best reason to stay on property is all of the perks that come with a Walt Disney World hotel stay. From complimentary transportation to Extra Magic Hours, there are plenty of awesome extras that come with staying at a Disney hotel. However, it looks like Walt Disney World is making some big changes to its resort perks, which may impact your next stay at the resort.

1.  Disney ending controversial pet program

Little Mermaid building and pool area at Art of Animation

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Last October, Walt Disney World Resort shocked longtime guests when they began allowing dogs to stay at four of the resort’s on-property hotels: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, setting aside specific blocks of each hotel for guests with pets. Guests who chose to take advantage of this program received a special dog "welcome" kit, and we're charged either $50 or $75 per night on top of their hotel fees to accommodate their pet. 

However, it has been confirmed to Cast Members that as of this October, this program will no longer be offered. Disney will honor guests who have already made reservations to stay with their pets, but new reservations will not be accepted beyond October, and pets will once again be banned from hotel rooms beginning next year. 

It is unknown why this program is being discontinued, but if we had to guess we'd say that it simply wasn't that popular or cost-effective for guests. The fee to keep your pet with you was quite high (much more than your typical kennel fee), and with guests not taking advantage of this program, it probably wasn't very cost-effective for Disney to keep offering this service.  

2. Disney Dining Plan prices holding steady for 2019

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Last 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
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