Walt Disney World introduces new one-day, quick-service dining plan

January 6, 2017, 7:17 PM · Walt Disney World next week will start testing a one-day dining plan, matching similar plans offered by competing local theme parks.

The new "Disney Dine-on-the-Go" will be available between Jan. 12 and Feb. 22 and includes one quick-service lunch and one quick-service dinner at the Magic Kingdom. Each meal includes an entree and beverage (which is non-alcoholic, because it's quick service at the Magic Kingdom) and the price for the one-day package is $29 for adults and $12 for children ages 3-9, who will get kids' meals under the plan. The package will be available to anyone — you won't need to be staying at an on-site resort, as with the "regular" Disney Dining Plan.

The package will be good at Casey's Corner, Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, and Pinocchio Village Haus. Entrees at these restaurants range from $7.99 to $15.99, and beverages cost around $3, so you could end up money ahead with aggressive ordering (Pecos Bill's Taco Burger for lunch and the 1/2 Chicken and Pulled Pork Combo at Cosmic Ray's for dinner!), or you could just flush more money to the Mouse by ordering something such as Corn Dog Nuggets and a Pepperoni Flatbread.

The lunch must be ordered before 4pm and the dinner after 4pm, so there's no doubling up if you miss the early meal. Or gorging yourself and calling it an early day.

Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld offer one-day dining packages. Disney's plan sits right between its rivals' for both price and quantity of food available. The Universal Dining Plan - Quick Service costs $21.99 plus tax and includes one quick-service meal, a beverage, and a snack, while SeaWorld's All-Day Dining costs $34.99 and includes an entree, side or dessert, and a drink at each meal. SeaWorld's plan allows you to eat as often as once every hour at Captain Pete’s Island Treats, Expedition Cafe, Mango Joe's, Seafire Grill, Seaport Pizza, The Spice Mill, and Voyager's Smokehouse, though the baby back ribs and the sampler/combo/brisket platters there are not available under the plan.

Disney's Dine-on-the-Go may be purchased in the park at Magic Kingdom Vacation Planning booths, starting Thursday. The Universal and SeaWorld plans are available in advance on their respective websites, as well as in the parks.

Replies (8)

January 6, 2017 at 7:31 PM · We easily split an entree as large as a HALF chicken and portion of pulled pork. The advantage of the QS plan for day guests is that you do not seem to need to purchase for the entire party, as you do for hotel guests.
January 7, 2017 at 2:48 AM · They are trying to get your dinner money before you eat lunch and realize that the food is terrible. Most people realize they payed too much for a small portion, low quality meal, and decide to eat dinner after they leave the park.The quality of quick service meals at Disney World has gone way down since the dining plans started. Especially the burgers and hotdogs. Now they just pile something like cheap BBQ pork on top of them to hide the taste. None of the entrees at WDW are worth this price.
January 7, 2017 at 11:07 AM · Sometimes I order myself a kids meal. It saves a few bucks, but more importantly it provides that special thrill of sticking it to the man...
January 7, 2017 at 4:10 PM · A bargain at Disney. Hope it comes to Disneyland in Anaheim.
January 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM · Yeah, I am actually surprised at the low price. Sharp Disney guests can take advantage of this....
January 7, 2017 at 7:56 PM · With the 'real' DDP, you can swap out your beverage for a snack. This is awesome. (It's actually stated in the DDP brochure, not just a CM decision.) On a recent visit for example, since I always have a water bottle, I swapped my beverage at Yak and Yeti take out for a box of fried rice (snack). I wonder if that'll be an option with this plan.
January 8, 2017 at 3:17 PM · its not a bargain at all considering the quality of food. They are just trying to get your dinner money before you decide to eat when you leave.
January 12, 2017 at 12:02 AM · Food all over WDW has become ridiculous due to these stupid dining plans. They lower the quality and jack up the prices so everything feels like a major deal. And if you are smart enough NOT to do the stupid dining plan? Well, then enjoy your $23 pasta dish at T-Rex!!!

SeaWorld's plan - as well as Busch Gardens' - is actually pretty awesome. We walked in the parks and immediately had breakfast. Had lunch later. Had dinner right before we left. And you can always wander in for a soda or a snack. Furthermore, you'd be foolish to pay so much for it. There's always a deal for park tickets plus the meal deal, so you can get it all for $103, which is about what they charge for entry into MK now, right?

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