by Adam Roth
The Universal Orlando Resort has announced the launch of the brand new Universal Dining Plan option for guests of the parks, structured very similarly to the Standard Disney Dining Plan offered at the Walt Disney World Resort for the last decade. Universal Orlando has hosted its own Meal Deal offering in the parks for years, allowing guests to pay a standard price for unlimited quick service dining at select locations, but this new Dining Plan includes tables service meals and places limits on the amount of food.
Available exclusively to guests who book their vacations through Universal, they will have the option to purchase the plan for the length of their stay. Guests will receive one counter service meal (entree and non-alcoholic beverage), one table service meal (entree, dining plan dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage), one snack (from a cart or counter service location), and one additional beverage (from a cart or counter service location) each day. It looks like all in-park dining locations (except for those found in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and those in the new Simpsons-inspired Fast Food Boulevard food court of Universal Studios Florida) will participate, as well as select CityWalk locations.
Just like with Disney’s plan, a gratuity is not included and no substitutions may be made. Guests will know which items and restaurants are eligible by the Universal Dining Plan logo next to locations on the map or items on the menu. This price is $45.99 for adults and $17.99 for children per day (plus tax). The dining plan is offered starting today, July 1, 2013.
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