We’ve seen a lot of things temporarily disappear in Disney World because of the pandemic.
The parks are without fireworks, parades, and many other entertainment options, plus FastPass+ has been suspended at this time. One big change that we’ve seen is that Disney’s dining plan hasn’t been available for on-site guests to book since the reopening. The Disney Dining Plan is a way for guests to “pre-pay” for a certain number of meals and snacks depending on the plan they purchased.
Today, Disney released a new offer for UK residents in 2022, and this special deal comes with several notable perks. Those who book the package can get 14-day tickets for the price of 7-day tickets, a $200 Disney gift card, a special gift basket, but most importantly — there’s a big dining credit!
UK residents who book a 2-week stay at select Disney Resort hotels can get up to $950 in dining credit with this 50th Anniversary package. This credit can be used at more than 250 locations around Walt Disney World. In years past, we’ve seen Disney add a ” free dining plan” offer to these packages, so this seems to be the replacement for that perk.
However, there are a few key differences between this dining credit and the dining plan. First of all, the dining plan operates on a credit system, where guests get a certain number of credits and can exchange them for meals and snacks. With this new offer, you’ll be able to use the money given to purchase food as a sort of “gift card” that only pays up to a specific amount versus a number of meals.
Another important thing to note is that while $950 sounds like a lot of money, it’s not as much per day as you may think. This offer must be booked with a 14-night stay, which comes out to about $67.86 in dining credit per room per night. If you have more than one person in your room, that amount may not get you as much food as a dining plan would. (And not all hotels get the $950 — for some value resorts it’s $500.)
But, even if it’s not the same as a dining plan, could this be an indication of what’s to come? If Disney can’t bring back the dining plan just yet, this could be a great way to offer guests something special until then. We haven’t seen this perk added to packages for US residents yet, but we’ll definitely be looking out to see if that happens in the future.
We know that many guests are missing the convenience of the dining plan currently. Disney hasn’t shared any plans to bring it back, and it’s not available for purchase for 2021 or 2022 packages.
What do you think? Would you be okay with a dining credit instead of the dining plan? Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments! And stay tuned to AllEars for more updates on this, and other, Disney World offers.
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