This post includes 2 topics: The Disney Dining Plan rate increase is fact. The other topic, Resort Fees, is just a rumor and assumption by some at this point.
Disney released increased prices for the Disney Dining Plan today, with all indications that the increase goes into affect immediately. There have been no changes made to the benefits of any given plan.
There is always mixed reaction to the value of the dining plan. Some feel it is well worth the cost, while others feel it is cheaper to purchase all your meals while vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort. Some purchase simply for the convenience of knowing what your overall vacation will cost before you get there. Many only use the dining plan when it is offered “free” under one of Disney’s promotions.
The Disney Dining Plan prices below (per person per night) include tax. It looks like the biggest jump in price is on the child cost.
1. Quick Service Dining Plan which includes 2 Quick Service Meals, 1 Snack and 1 Refillable Mug
PREVIOUS PRICE: Adult $42.84/Child $17.47 NEW PRICE: Adult $44.13/Child $19.04
2. Regular Dining Plan which includes 1 Table Service Meal, 1 Quick Service Meal, 1 Snack and 1 Refillable Mug
PREVIOUS PRICE: Adult $61.84/Child $20.96 NEW PRICE: Adult $63.70/Child $22.85
3. Deluxe Dining Plan which includes 3 Table (or Quick) Service Meals, 2 Snacks and 1 Refillable Mug
PREVIOUS PRICE:Adult $111.73/Child $32.56 NEW PRICE: Adult $115.08/Child $35.49
Below is a printable PDF outlining the existing entitlements of the Disney Dining Plan:
FYI – IS IT POSSIBLE DISNEY WILL START ADDING A “RESORT FEE” TO YOUR STAY?
RUMOR: A few sites are reporting today that based on a survey Disney sent to some guests regarding “resort fees”, that there is a possibility of a resort fee being added to your Disney vacation. I’m not sure how I feel about this but will definitely stay on top of the rumors and pass along any information I find.
Here is what the survey indicated:
A standard room in a deluxe resort such as Disney’s BoardWalk Inn or Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort with an average nightly rate of $350 includes:
- Unparalleled Guest service
- Close proximity to the theme parks
- Transportation to and from the park
- Online check-in
A resort fee of $15 per night would be assessed which includes:
- Disney’s Magical Express
- Priority Disney FastPass+ planning (up to 60 days prior to arrival)
- Resort entertainment and children’s activities
- Extra Magic Hours
- Parking at the resort and theme parks
Supposedly, those taking the survey are saying that the way the survey is worded is leading many guests to believe that what was once included, free amenities of staying on-property at Walt Disney World, would at some point become an additional cost on a nightly basis.
Many resorts add resort fees to your stay. Disney has never done this before. Disney also sends many surveys to guests throughout the year without ever taking any action. However, the survey guests received concerning tiered pricing did, in fact, become a reality.