Disney Dining Plan Increase 2013

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It really is one of the most popular questions around the Disney community: Are the Walt Disney World Dining Plans worth it?

Unfortunately, that is a question that only you can answer by sitting down and doing the math for your group. When price increases occur, many folks reconsider the economics of the Disney Dining Plans.

Recently, Disney quietly increased all three Disney Dining Plan prices for the rest of 2013, which means that anyone who books a package from this point on will be paying these increased prices. It also seems that the “seasonal pricing” during peak seasons now no longer applies: prices are the same year-round.

Here is a look at what you can expect when purchasing the Disney Dining Plans as we move forward with the rest of 2013.

Quick-Service Plan
Adult 10+: $39.64
Child 3-9: $15.75

(Increased from $37.58 for Adults and $14.32 for Children)

The Quick Service Dining Plan allows each guest to get 2 Quick Service Meals per day. For Breakfast you’ll receive an entrée or combo meal and a non-alcoholic beverage. For Lunch and Dinner you’ll receive an entrée or a complete combo meal, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. You’ll also get 1 Snack Option per day, and 1 Refillable Mug per person for the length of your stay.

Standard Dining Plan
Adult 10+:  $58.68
Child 3-9: $18.88

(Increased from $55.59 for Adults and $17.16 for Children)

The Standard Dining Plan comes with 1 Quick Service Meal per day, which includes an entrée or combo meal, dessert (lunch or dinner only), and a non-alcoholic beverage. You also get 1 Sit Down Meal per day which includes entrée, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and non-alcoholic beverage, or, if eating at a buffet, the full buffet. You’ll also receive 1 Snack Option per day and 1 Refillable Mug per person.

 

Deluxe Dining Plan
Adult 10+: $104.94
Child 3-9: $29.51

(Increased from $99.97 for Adults and $26.84 for Children)

For the Deluxe Dining Plan, guests receive 3 Meals, which can be any combination of either Table Service Meals or Quick Service meals. Table Service meals include an appetizer (lunch and dinner only), entree, dessert (lunch and dinner only), and a non-alcoholic beverage. Or, if eating at a buffet, the full buffet. Quick Service Meals include an entrée or combo meal, dessert (lunch and dinner only and a non-alcoholic beverage.  Also included in the plan are 2 Snack Credits per day plus one resort refillable mug per person for the length of stay.

 

The best  thing to do when planning your trip, is to figure out which Disney Dining Plan (or if the Disney Dining Plan) is worth it for you, and to do that, make sure to check out this great post from the blog a few months back with the Disney Dining Plan Calculator Spreadsheet. It may very well be able to help you answer the age old question.

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Posted on June 27, 2013

10 Responses to “Disney Dining Plan Increase 2013”

  • I know we all hate to hear that our Disney trip is going to be more expensive then our last trip, but it’s still a good deal depending on the time of year you visit. For example, we have reservations for 12/22/13 at the Crystal Palace for dinner and the cost of that meal is more than the cost of the standard dining plan for the entire day. Plus I enjoy being able to dine without thinking about menu prices when we are in the parks. It’s all been paid for ahead of time! Do your research!

    • If ya’ll haven’t noticed, food prices at every grocery store have been going up steadily for years. (As well as nearly every product in every retail store – I work retail, I know.) Your dollar doesn’t buy anywhere close to what it used to just a few years ago, and the quality is often poorer to boot. There is no question for me that the Standard Disney Dining Plan still provides the consumer an excellent value. I could not arrange a day’s meals locally (not even excluding gas costs) for the plan price and convenience that would even come close to the experience of a day at Disney. The value is not just how much a pancake costs at home verses at Disney, the plan helps you set some limits so you don’t order 5 course meals you’ll never finish (and therefore waste money). It helps you maximize your time and energy by planning ahead as to where and when to have table service meals (I pity those who think you can just show up any time). At the same time, it has built in flexibility for choosing counter service locations and snacks (you can always buy more if you’re that hungry, but I’ll bet you won’t). In fact, I remember having a snack choice or two left over on a previous trip, but still felt I’d gotten more than my money’s worth. And for some reason, handing the wait/counter staff your plan card seems very satisfying. Everything is prepaid (except tip), and that is a wonderful feeling.

      • You can actually use snack credits to purchase candy, chocolate bars, or prepackaged bags of nuts/popcorn etc. One time we had a bunch of credits leftover and ended up buying quite a few people Mickey chocolate bars as a souvenir. Personally I love the Mickey shaped chocolate dipped rice krispy treats so I usually make sure I take a few home with me.

    • Dinner at crystal palace is $36.99 and the daily cost of the dinning plan is $58.68

  • by Jacinthe Prince on June 28, 2013, at 8:53 am EDT

    We have the standard dining plan for our trip in late July and August and we are happy with it. We don’t want to have to carry around money and we checked out about the prices on Guide2wdw (on each menus) and it worth it (if you eat on site). We think that if you eat sandwiches all time (which my children are very bored about) and do prepare it all day (which we don’t wanna do on vacation), you could save a little, if you decide to eat off-site too, but you will lost a lot of time and walk a lot more. We calculate that the time to prepare everyone breakfast, lunch and dinner, the cost of the grocery, the trouble to keep it fresh and carry on all day, or the time to get off-site, find a restaurant, get there, eat fast and get back would not worth it. We’re on vacation with our children, we want it simple and fast. It cost is expensive, but we will be at Disney, and for that trip, it’s the best way to travel without getting crazy, we prefer to keep our energy to attractions and exploring the parks!

  • I actually chose to go to Walt Disney World instead of Disneyland because of the dining plan. I like to arrive at the park and not think about pesky things like money so to me it helps keep my budget in check as by the time I arrive onsite…my food is all paid in full!

  • by 999happyhaunts on June 28, 2013, at 12:16 pm EDT

    I have found that when I do the math, even accounting for eating whatever I want, whenever I want, there is no way the DDP makes sense. I add up the cost of what I would likely order and for a number of reasons (ex: I would never get a dessert with every meal) it will save me money to pay for meals as I go. I encourage people to do the math on this if you can… As the price goes up I have found that a lot of people I know feel similarly.

    • I agree. For our last trip in Feb I added up the cost of items we would likely order that would be covered by the plan and the plan was about $5-$7 more per person per day than it would to pay as we went. It’s possible to save with the dining plan if you are strategic with it and like two desserts per day, but I don’t want to plan my meals based how to make the dining plan worthwhile.

    • When my girlfriend and I go out to eat, we NEVER get BOTH an appetizer AND a dessert for each of us, and we very rarely order any non-alcoholic drinks. So we’d be paying a lot for the table-service meals (in the cost of the plan) that we wouldn’t get otherwise. As for the quick-service plan, again the desserts and drinks are something we’d be unlikely to pay for otherwise, and since we’d still be going to a table-service restaurant each day (off the plan), we’d end up using the plan for a lot of breakfasts, which doesn’t seem worth it. The convenience seems nice, if you plan on using all you’re paying for, but it’s really hard for me to justify paying for so much stuff (including the mugs) I wouldn’t get otherwise.

  • Wow… it’s hard to believe these prices. Back in 2007, I paid $39/day/adult for the Standard Dining Plan, and that additionally included an appetizer and 18% gratuity. My guess is that the Dining Plan is selling like crazy.

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