Vote of the week: Have you ever bought a theme park dining plan?
Written by Robert Niles
Theme parks want to make sure you're spending money when you're inside their gates. And one of the ways that they do that is to offer deals that keep you in the park longer for each day that you visit.Tweet
Ultimately, that's one of the big reasons behind Fastpass and other ride reservation systems. If you've got a reserved time to ride an attraction later in the day, odds are you're more likely to stick around in the park until your reservation time comes.
That's also part of the reason behind dining and meal plans. Pay once for "all you can eat" plan, or get a dining plan that's tied into your hotel stay, you're probably going to stay in the park to get all those meals you've "paid for." Having bought into the plan, you're less likely to leave property early for dinner or another meal outside the park.
If you're celebrating a birthday or other special occasion at the Magic Kingdom's new Be Our Guest restaurant, let them know. You might get to try The Grey Stuff. (It tastes like chocolate mousse.) Photo by Amanda Jenkins.
But have you ever gotten one of these deals? Disney, Universal and SeaWorld each offer options in their Orlando-area parks. Disney's Dining Plan is tied into on-site hotel stays -- you buy the meal plan as part of a vacation package, and "free" meal plans are often thrown in as a discount for visits during certain times of the year.
You don't have to stay at an one-site hotel at Universal Orlando or SeaWorld to get their Meal Deal or All-Day Dining Deal -- they're available for purchase by any park visitor. But the Universal and SeaWorld deals only allow you to select from a handful of restaurants in their parks, and don't include any full-service dining. Disney's Dining Plan includes just about everything, depending upon the plan you select, and you'll have to use more points for certain locations.
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