Quick-Service Universal Dining Plan Price Increase

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Universal Dining Plan price increase

New Universal Dining Plan Quick Service pricing as of yesterday (photos by Seth Kubersky)

Universal Orlando quietly delivered a lump of coal to guests this holiday week with a stealthy Universal Dining Plan price increase affecting their new Quick Service prepaid food program. The Universal Dining Plan — Quick Service program, which replaced the former all-you-can-eat Meal Deal earlier this year, formerly provided adults with one quick-service entree, two beverages, and two snacks for $18.99.

Yesterday, I noticed that all of the parks’ signage advertising the Universal Dining Plan — Quick Service, the price has increased by $1 to $19.99, and the snack allotment has been reduced from two to one. The children’s plan for those age 3-9 is unchanged.

Universal’s web site about the dining plan was temporarily disabled yesterday, but now it is back online with a new PDF detailing the table service version of the plan; we’ll keep an eye out for updated fine-print on the quick service plan, and share it with you when available.

Universal Dining Plan handbill from early December with old pricing.

Under the former Universal Dining Plan price, an average adult ordering a $9 entree, two $2.69 sodas (only regular-sized non-Freestlye drinks are eligible) and two $4 snacks would save $3.39 using the plan. Now, the same adult ordering one snack will lose $1.61 under the new Quick Service pricing. If you work hard to maximize the plan by ordering a double bacon cheeseburger ($10.64) with Powerades ($3.39 each) and chili cheese fries ($4.99) you’ll only save $2.42.

Pizza Predattoria in Jurassic Park now offers Coke Freestyle.

The bottom line is that while the old quick service Universal Dining Plan price allowed most diners to save a few bucks, the new pricing makes it practically impossible; you are much better off using an annual pass discount and ordering a la carte. If you still want to give it a shot, you can purchase here.

The often-closed Wimpy’s is now open with new digital menu signs.

On a related note, Universal Orlando has recently expanded the number of Coke Freestyle beverage locations, and correspondingly increased the price of a one-day unlimited Freestyle drink cup by $1 to $11.99, with a second day of refills increasing to $9.99. The old prices are still listed on Universal’s website, so you may still be able to purchase online for the lower price.

 

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Posted on December 26, 2013

10 Responses to “Quick-Service Universal Dining Plan Price Increase”

  • Thank you for this excellent, timely and well-researched information. It is exactly why this website and the Unofficial books are all I bother with anymore when planning a vacation for my family or friends. You do all the research and lay out the facts. We not only save time not waiting in lines, we save money when we follow your advice, too.
    :-)

    • Thanks, comments like yours are why we go to the parks on the craziest days of the year! ;-)

      • When I was a full-time teacher we could only get to WDW on “the craziest days of the year,” Christmas/New Year’s, Easter, summer. But thanks to the U-Guides and this site we always got to do everything we wanted and more, including the afternoon downtime. And we didn’t have to rush. It still felt like a vacation. So I do deeply appreciate your research and the access to it. Thanks again!

  • Thank you for all the Universal articles! We’re locals and have annual passes to WDW this year but last year we had them for Universal. I honestly enjoyed my time more at Universal and am looking forward to my Disney passes expiring so I can go back to Universal

  • It seems like it’s not worth it to get the Dining Plan.

    • That’s my conclusion too, unless you are ordering an entree worth at least $13 or $14. Luckily you can make that decision as you check out with your meal, since it doesn’t have to be purchased in advance.

  • I purchased the all you can eat meal deal prior to the change in December. Will Universal honor the original all you can eat plan that I purchased or will I be subject to the new plan?

  • Seth, Do you think if I booked the UDP-QS before the change I still get 2 snacks? If not, I guess I still saved $1.