Wednesday, July 3, 2013
2013 Disney Dining Plan Price Increase
Interesting...Disney has recently increased all three of the 2013 Disney Dining Plans very quietly for any new bookings that are made for the remainder of 2013. In addition, it seems that they have done away with the Seasonal Pricing option, meaning that now the Dining Plans are the same price no matter what time of year you travel.
It will also be interesting to see what will happen here in the next few days when 2014 WDW Vacation Packages get released on July 10th because usually the packages increase in price, so, we shall see what happens soon. I may be needing to write another version of this post here soon.
With that being said, let's take a look at an explanation of each of the 2013 Disney Dining Plans. (In addition, research has been done for the past few years to see how the Plans have changed in price. Included in parenthesis are early 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 prices in that order.)
Adult 10+: $39.64/night ($37.58/$34.99/$34.99/$31.99)
Child 3-9: $15.75/night ($14.32/$11.99/$11.99/$9.99)
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.
Adult 10+: $58.68/night ($55.59/$51.54/$45.99/$41.99)
Child 3-9: $18.88/night ($17.16/$15.02/$11.99/$11.99)
The Basic Plan (Also known as the Standard 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.
Adult 10+: $104.94/night ($99.97/$85.52/$78.99/$71.99)
Child 3-9: $29.51/night ($26.84/$23.79/$21.99/$20.99)
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 biggest question that I hear though is, "Is the Dining Plan Worth It?" Is it a good value?
One thing to keep in mind when deciding on whether to purchase the dining plans is that gratuities and any extras like alcoholic beverages and appetizers (with the exception of the Deluxe Dining Plan...appetizers are included on that) are not included in the prices listed above and will be added at an additional charge. Be mindful of that when you are budgeting to see if the dining plan is worth it for you, because if you like an adult beverage or two (or three) or often eat appetizers with your meals, the plan may not work for you.
But honestly, I can't tell you if the dining plan is a good value. Really it all depends on each person's individual budget and tastes. It takes a lot of homework to decide if the dining plan is worth getting by looking at menus. (Where is my calculator?!)
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