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2018 Disney Dining Plans will include alcoholic beverages and specialty beverages at a higher cost to all

2018 Disney Dining Plans will include alcoholic beverages and specialty beverages at a higher cost to all

With the release of the 2018 Walt Disney World room rates and package rates, the Disney Dining Plan has increased its cost and added the ability to purchase alcoholic beverages using your plan.   The cost increase is 12 to 13%!Walt Disney World Disney Dining Plan rates 2018

It would be good news for those who wish to order an alcoholic beverage with their meal, but those do choose not to imbibe are coming out FAR behind.  If you and your family do not consume alcoholic beverages, you may wish to just purchase your meals out of pocket (MagicBand, Credit Card, Cash) in 2018.

If a guest wishes to order more than 1 alcoholic beverage per meal, they will be required to purchase the additional one out of pocket as well.

New for 2018 vacation packages! 

Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.
Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):
1 Entrée
1 Non-alcoholic Beverage or Alcoholic Beverage—for Guests 21 and older

At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:
Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
Popcorn scoop
12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
Prepackaged milk or juice
Piece of whole fruit
Bag of snacks
20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
20 oz. fountain soft drink

Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement. Guests 21 and older must present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service or Table-Service meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
Artisanal Milkshakes
Fresh Smoothies
Premium Hot Chocolate
Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
Beer or Cider
Wine or Sangria
Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

For special dietary requests, Guests should speak with a chef or manager upon arrival at the dining location.
Guests ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, where available.


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  1. I think they need to start having 3 rates if they are going to implement this . Adults 21 and up, Young adults 12 to 21, and children 11 and under.

  2. Do you think they will expand the non-alcoholic specialty drink options? I must be completely missing all the smoothie and artisanal milkshake restaurants.

  3. I can totally understand everyone’s grievances with this one, stinks to pay more ($8 a day I think on the mid range plan) especially if you don’t drink alcohol. However, for me and people like me, I love to have one cocktail with lunch and one with dinner during a day with young in’s at Disney. My drink I think is usually around $6 – $8 a pop so I’ll be saving money. ;-) Lastly, I bet MK will start having more alcohol at QS next year with this change. We already saw it added to a few menus in MK this year. Be our Guest Dinner (2012), Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

  4. Dan, the children’s chart is only for kids 3-9. So yes a 10 year old CHILD, 11 year old CHILD, etc will be charged that same “alcoholic beverage charge” as a 21 year old who can order booze.

  5. The problem is children 10 and up are paying more. I think going forward we will pay out of pocket. My son does not need a milk shake or slushie twice a day plus snacks just to get our money’s worth.

  6. Hi Kenny, What characters will be present for the DVC moonlight party at Typhoon Lagoon, and Animal Kingdom?

  7. If you are like me and don’t drink, enjoy a nice milkshake. Or, try one of the many new non-alcoholic specialty drinks that will soon follow this change. The Disney restaurants recognize the gap we are mentioning. They will fill it and add the value.

    In the meantime, what’s everyone’s favorite milkshake on property?

  8. If you look at the chart children’s prices only went up $1 and $2 for the deluxe package. So I don’t think you need to worry about the ” Alcohol Beverage” charge for children.

  9. Hey Kenny thanks for your hard work. I’m want to know if I’m reading this right, are alcohol drinks at the quick service and drink stands considered a snack credit if bought alone? Like a dole whip with rum. If it is this is great my wife and I are planning a trip for next summer and we were looking into the dining plans this time around and wished the alcohol drinks like that would be a snack. Thanks again.

  10. I ‘ran the numbers’ for the dining plan this year and even going to 3 character meals it wasn’t even close – paying out of pocket is about $500 cheaper for me. That is with a 13 yr old that does not eat as much as an adult and also my bf being a vegitarian which means what he will order is a bit cheaper than the averae, but since we don’t drink this has put it well beyond what I would consider.

  11. I agree! I’ll have an occasional drink – maybe 6 times a year. My sisters don’t drink at all! What about the recovering alcoholic? I totally am against this not being optional.

  12. A glass of Silver Oak or Veuve is 25.00 at Citrico’s. A Sauternes is 20.00 at Chefs De France. I don’t see how they could possibly include these drinks in the DDP. Perhaps it is drinks under a certain dollar amount included…? I will still take my TIW though, as it gets me 20% off the whole bottle ;-0

  13. At 13 dollars a day more it’s still much cheaper than outright buying your meals for cash. My husband and I did that last year when we stayed at Shades of Green, which is considered a Disney property but the Disney dining plan is not available. We spent more on food that we started skipping breakfast and lunch so we wouldn’t max out our credit cards, that includes leaving the parks and eating off park. We are not drinkers but on occasion we will have a drink at dinner which ranges from $12 and up. I still feel the dining plane is a great deal.

    I don’t think that Children’s Meals should carry the “Alcoholic Beverage ” charge should be applied to children’s dining plans. Children are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages.

    If you can afford to pay cash out of pocket for all your meals go for it. As for my husband and myself we’ll use the dining plan.

  14. This is crap for those who can’t or don’t drink. We’re basically bering forced to pay for something we are not using. They should make this an option for those who want it. Bad move disney!

  15. This is extremely disappointing. Everyone who drinks is saying how affordable it is. Well ya, because everyone who doesn’t drink is paying for it for you. I will not be purchasing a dining plan once this rolls out.

  16. I think this should really be an additional option for the dining plan, and not the only option. And think of all the 10 year old kids who must pay as adults. This often won’t be a specialty drink available for them. I believe that the dining plan should have a “Junior” option for those 10 to 16, with the ability to pay for a full adult plan if they want to order full adult entrees. My 14 year old daughter would happily eat off the children’s menu – perhaps for the rest of her life!
    But, I have never believed there was any real value in any of the dining plans, so we never get a DDP. Except for our first trip, when we didn’t know any better.
    And to those who are going to end your future trips to Disney because of this change – if this is going to be the cause of changing your vacations, you probably were going to do it anyway.

  17. I only order water when we go out, too. There seems to be no end to how much money Disney wants to squeeze out of all of us. Shameful!

  18. I think this is a bad move. It really stinks for those of us that don’t drink. And what about those “adults” that aren’t 21 yet? They have to pay higher prices but they can’t legally drink. I guess it’d be different if everywhere had a specialty drink, but most don’t. It’s sad, but with these changes, I really see this September’s trip as our last time on property. Disney’s just pricing themselves out of range for normal folks.

  19. This makes me really mad. They are raising prices in every way they can. Disney was alcohol free until recentl, wasn’t it? I thought there are only a couple restaurants serving alcohol…

    • No. Epcot, Studios and AK have sold alcohol for years. Some MK table service restauants began selling alcohol with dinner more recently.

  20. Not happy. We do not drink and this only adds cost to us for something we do not want. Why don’t they have 2 levels for each dining plan. One with drinks, one without.

  21. This is awesome! $11 for 3 drinks on the deluxe plan! That’s less than the cost of one drink. I’m on deuce dining now and wish this started today!!!

  22. Wow, this is a bad move… Although I usually plan on trying one specialty cocktail per night with dinner, it never works out that way (too thirsty, too tired, too hot…) and I usually consume much less that my planned drinkie-poo budget. Including this cost in the Dining Plan is not worth it for me. I’ve been on the fence about the DDP for awhile so maybe next trip will be a good occasion to pay out of pocket and compare.

  23. If you drink, this is GREAT! A Mommy shake at Sci-Fi is way more than the increase, and it appears as though you get 2 a day if you found quick service with Alcohol. (Epcot!!!) I know it won’t make all happy, but it works for my family!

  24. Disappointed to see this has become a reality. I choose not to drink yet will now need to pay the increased prices. While the odd specialty drink might be nice we do not need the extra calories most of these drinks offer on top of all the food we get on the dining plan. Will need to run the numbers next time to see if purchasing the dining plan works for us or if I’ll start paying out of pocket for dining.

  25. I’m out. I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t even like soda at home, I usually just order water. I only drink iced tea at WDW because it is included.

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