2011 Disney Dining Plan

2011 is right around the corner and many of you have already started making your vacation reservations for next year so it’s time to talk about the latest changes in the Disney Dining Plan.  There are a few changes in next years plan. Some good, some not so good (including an increase in price.) Here’s a synopsis of the 2011 Dining Plan and what you can expect for next year.

You will have three choices for your 2011 Disney Dining Plan:

Option #1:  Disney Quick Servic

e Dining Plan – this plan will give each member of your party the following each day of your stay:

– Two (2) Quick Service Meals
– Two (2) Snacks

In addition, each party member will receive a refillable resort mug which is good for unlimited drink refills at your resort for your entire length of stay.

COST:
Adults (Ages 10+):    $34.99 per day

Childr

en (Ages 3-9):    $11.99 per day

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Option #2:  Disney Dining Plan – this plan will give each member of your party the following each day of your stay:

– One (1) Table Service Meal

– One (1) Quick Service Meal

– One (1) Snack

COST:

Adults (Ages 10+):      $45.99 per day (regular season)

$47.99 per day (peak season)

Children (Ages 3-9):    $11.99 per day (regular season)

$12.99 per day (peak season)

Option #3:  Disney Deluxe Dining Plan – this plan will give each member of your party Two (2) Snacks AND any combination of three (3) of the following each day of your stay.

Choose from:

– Quick Service Meal

– Table Service Meal (including appetizer)

So for example, you could get two (2) snacks, two (2) Quick Service Meals and One (1) Table Service Meal (including appetizer) to meet your daily allotment.

In addition, each party member will receive a refillable resort mug which is good for unlimited drink refills at your resort for your entire length of stay.

COST:

Adults (Ages 10+):    $78.99 per day

Children (Ages 3-9):    $21.99 per day

Additional Notes:

– Gratuity is not included in any plan

– When purchasing a Quick Service breakfast, you will now only recieve one (1) non-alcoholic beverage (in 2010 you would receive two)

– Le Cellier has been added to the Signature restaurants list meaning it will require two (2) Table Service credits for each person (beginning March 2011.)

Summary:

While I’m not so happy about the price increases I will say that if you like to try different restaurants and enjoy eating out then the Disney Dining Plan is still a better way to go. If you do the math you will certainly save a little bit of money by using the plan over doing the ‘pay-as-you-go’ method. There are also some small changes from last year but overall the choices remain relatively the same. As always I would suggest sitting down with your family and planning out where you would like to eat and then do some math based on what you ‘think’ you would eat at these restaurants.  There are a host of sites that offer up-to-date menus so it wouldn’t be hard to figure out.

The bottom line is that part of your Disney Vacation is about the food and enjoying the different restaurants that Disney has to offer. Make the most of your time and enjoy the good eats around you and if that includes going with the Disney Dining Plan, then that is great. If not, you can be just as happy (and maybe even have some more change in your pocket at the end of the day too!) Enjoy!

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