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New Changes for the 2017 Disney Dining Plan

A lot of new information has comes out about changes for the 2017 Disney World Dining Plan.  I’m not an advocate for using the Dining Plan, very, very few people actually get their money’s worth buying the Dining Plan, but they do it because it’s convenient or part of a Resort package.  There are some new changes for the 2017 Disney Dining Plan though that are interesting and might be able to give you a bit more value if you choose to purchase it.  Let’s take a look at the changes:

Changes for the 2017 Disney World Dining Plan:

The biggest change is that in the 2017 Disney Dining Plan has taken out the dessert from the Quick Service Meal, and they give you an extra snack in it’s place.  So now you have 2 snacks per day.  This is for the 2017 Quick Service Dining Plan and the normal 2017 Disney Dining Plan.  It’s a throw-back to the old Dining Plans where there were always 2 snacks.  Here’s a better break down of the plans (All plans are per person, per night):

2017 Quick Service Dining Plan:

  • 2 Quick Service Meals (entree and non-alcoholic drink)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

2017 Disney Dining Plan:

  • 1 Quick Service Meal (entree and non-alcoholic drink)
  • 1 Table Service Meal (entree, dessert and non-alcoholic drink or Full Buffet Meal)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

2017 Deluxe Disney Dining Plan:

  • 3 Meals (any combination of Quick Service or Table Service Meals (Table Service on the Deluxe Dining Plan also includes an appetizer)
  • 2 Snacks
  • 1 Resort Refillable Mug

This is a win for the Disney guest having 2 snacks instead of 1 snack + the dessert from the Quick Service Meal.  It gives you a better value because instead of being forced to eat the quick service dessert, which many times isn’t as good as some of the snacks you can find around Walt Disney World.  And if you do it right by purchasing one of the snacks that normally sells for $5-7, it can be a much better value.  This brings better balance to the Force…I mean the Disney Dining Plan! 🙂

Another change to the 2017 Dining Plan is the elimination of the Platinum and Premium Plans.  I don’t view this a a big loss because you paid for more food than you would ever eat and honestly no one was buying them.

Lastly, a little while ago I reported that possibly 3 Character Dining experiences increasing in price and were going to require 2 dining credits instead of 1.  They were Chef Mickey’s, Tusker House and Akershus.  It appeared this way on Disney’s website, but Disney said it was just a computer glitch.  Turns out they weren’t lying and you can rest easy because they are remaining 1 dining credit options.  In fact every Character Dining experience, with the exception of Cinderella’s Royal Table is remaining as 1 dining credit options.  That’s a huge relief because the value definitely wouldn’t have been there for 2 credits.

changes for the 2017 Disney Dining Plan

Official 2017 Disney Character and Signature Dining Brochure

The pricing has not yet been released for the 2017 Disney Dining Plans, but it should be by tomorrow June 21st, because 2017 packages can be booked then.  I’m sure there will still be updates made to the 2017 Disney Dining Plan, more restaurants and possible credit changes too.  So stay tuned for updates

Let me know what you think of    in the comments section below.  As always I really appreciate it if you help spread the word, so if you liked this post and my site then please share it with others!  Thanks! 🙂


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Jon Stallings

Thursday 7th of July 2016

This looks like a good change to the plan. Most often the quick service is a lot of food and the dessert is just too much. We would often get something we could wrap up and carry back to the resort for latter.


Monday 11th of July 2016

yeah, for this case then it seems like a good switch. having the extra snack is more useful.