As some of you probably realize, Disney made some changes to their Dining Plans that took effect on January 1st, 2017.
I’ve had a few people ask about the changes so I thought I’d do a quick post for anyone going soon.
Here are the changes:
Quick Service meals no longer come with a drink and a dessert. They now come with just a drink.
The plan has a snack added to it to offset this change.
This is an exact 1:1 change on the TS plan (the regular Disney Dining Plan). You lose a dessert, you gain a snack. Fair.
On the Quick Service Dining Plan you lose two desserts (one for each of your QS meals/day), but you only gain one snack credit. I assume they did this to make the QS plan less attractive, hoping we’ll upgrade to the regular plan.
The change was to have gone into effect on January 1, 2017
But in Reality
Disney Cast Members seemed not to be aware of the change and they continued to count an entree and a drink and dessert as a QS credit.
One Cast Member did mention that there was a grace period, but even that grace period date he mentioned came and went and they continued to allow a drink and dessert.
This change will be gradual. Cast Members will be educated slowly, I suspect.
One of the things that makes the Dining Plan make sense for our family is the ability to swap the drink and dessert for anything with the Dining Plan snack symbol on it. We don’t often drink soda and one dessert can be shared for the whole table usually. So we usually order three QS meals and swap out the drinks and desserts for sides. This way we can feed all 5 of us with only 3 credits. Well, technically, all 6 of us, but Cyrus is still exclusively breast fed.
This is still allowed with the new changes.
Even under the old plan, I would still encounter Cast Members who were unaware of the ability to swap so I’d screenshot the policy to show when they didn’t want to do it for me. Only Casey’s on Main Street in Magic Kingdom wouldn’t do it even when I showed the screenshot of Disney’s policy.
I suggest you do the same if swapping is a big part of your dining strategy.
Go here for the official guidelines on the 2017 Dining Plan:
I like to hear of any issues that arise. So let me know if you run into anything interesting!
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