Disney Dining Plan Undergoes Substantial Overhaul as Hundreds of Guests Affected

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The Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) Disney Dining Plan has significantly changed, immediately impacting hundreds of guests. To properly navigate this massive change, Inside The Magic has you covered.

A family enjoying the Disney Dining Plan while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Dining Plan Gets New ‘Multi-Day Dining Reservation Finder’ at Disney World

Walt Disney World has unveiled its significantly enhanced dining reservation system, now accessible through the My Disney Experience app and the WDW website.

The latest update introduces a streamlined approach to securing dining reservations, offering guests the convenience of viewing availability for any restaurant for up to 10 days with a single search. This innovative feature eliminates the laborious process of manually sifting through each day for dining openings.

Here’s how it works: Upon initiating a WDW dining reservation, users will encounter a new option titled ‘Check Available Days.’ This prompts a calendar display where guests can select a 10-day date range. Subsequently, they gain access to a comprehensive overview of available dining times across each day within the selected date range.

A few Mickey Waffles on a plate with a cup of syrup as part of the Disney Dining Plan.

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According to sources familiar with the system upgrades, another noteworthy enhancement on the horizon is the introduction of availability notifications for fully booked restaurants. This upcoming feature, yet to be officially announced, will provide users with real-time alerts via the My Disney Experience app when reservations become available.

While this notification system streamlines securing reservations, it’s important to note that reservations will not be automatically booked. As such, guests may compete with others who have set up availability alerts for the same restaurant and date.

Previously, guests had to monitor availability or rely on third-party services for assistance manually. With the introduction of this notification feature, guests can stay informed and seize coveted dining opportunities with greater ease.

Two Disney World guests enjoying the Disney Dining Plan.

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The 2024 Disney Dining Plan (DDP) at WDW presents guests with two distinct tiers: the Quick-Service Dining Plan and the Regular Dining Plan, catering to varying dining preferences and budgets. Priced at $57.01 per day for adults and $23.83 per day for children ages 3–9, the Quick-Service Dining Plan offers a convenient option for those seeking on-the-go dining experiences. Meanwhile, the Regular Dining Plan provides a more comprehensive dining package, priced at $94.28 per night for adults and $26.69 per night for children ages 3–9.

Included in both plans are a variety of dining options designed to accommodate guests’ tastes and preferences. These offerings encompass quick-service meals comprising one main course and one beverage and table-service meals featuring an entree, dessert, and beverage.

Additionally, non-alcoholic beverages are provided for guests under 21, while alcoholic drinks are available for guests 21 and older with valid identification. Each guest also receives a refillable mug, enabling refills at any resort throughout their stay, albeit not within the parks.

Disney World guests sitting down enjoying a meal through the Disney Dining plan with characters like Goofy and Mickey Mouse.

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It’s important to note that the DDP must be purchased for the entire stay and party, with meals expiring at midnight on the checkout day. However, unused meals and snacks have the advantage of rolling over daily, providing guests flexibility and value.

In addition to the Quick-Service and Regular Dining Plans, the 2024 DDP offers a Deluxe Disney Dining Plan, which includes an appetizer catering to guests seeking an elevated dining experience.

The DDP can be a cost-effective choice for guests with hearty appetites or those who frequently indulge in premium dining options such as steak. By utilizing counter service and snack credits wisely, guests can maximize their savings while enjoying the culinary delights offered at Walt Disney World.

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About Emmanuel Detres

Since first stepping inside the Magic Kingdom at nine years old, I knew I was destined to be a theme Park enthusiast. Although I consider myself a theme Park junkie, I still have much to learn and discover about Disney. Universal Orlando Resort has my heart; being an Annual Passholder means visiting my favorite places on Earth when possible! When I’m not writing about Disney, Universal, or entertainment news, you’ll find me cruising on my motorcycle, hiking throughout my local metro parks, or spending quality time with my girlfriend, family, or friends.

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