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Are dining plans a part of Disney World’s new 2023 vacation packages?

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Are dining plans a part of Disney World's new 2023 vacation packages?
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We’ve been waiting so long for dining plans to return. Check out what we know so far on if we expect them to return or not next year?

Advanced Planning

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It’s time to start planning those vacations. Disney World planning is kind of like a marathon so a lot of advanced planning is necessary. While we do not have to worry about making dining reservations 180 days out or making FastPass selections 60 days out, it is still good to get your dates in order, purchase your package, and make those park passes!

Lots of Changes

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In addition to releasing 2023 Disney Vacation packages yesterday, there were other changes too. This came along with a few other restrictions.  You can check out how these restrictions may affect your next trip to Walt Disney World HERE. Today, Disney also shared the once secretive “120 Rule.” Previously, guests could use this rule to add additional Lightning Lane attractions but Disney had never shared this tip. Check out Disney’s rule here that will limit guests “stacking” with Genie+ HERE.

Not only that, but Genie+ will no longer be available to pre-purchase ahead of your trip. This means you will need to get in the My Disney Experience app the day of and purchase it each morning of your vacation. You can read all about this change HERE.

Extensions

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The Disney Park Pass Reservation system is extended into 2024. Also, early theme park entry will STILL be available in 2023. Here is what Disney had to say:

Our very popular early theme park entry benefit for Disney Resort hotel guests will continue beyond the 50th Anniversary for visits throughout all of 2023! This benefit gives Disney Resort guests an opportunity to enter ANY of the 4 Walt Disney World Resort theme parks to enjoy select attractions, shops and dining EVERY day (valid admission, park reservation and Resort ID required).

What about the Dining Plan?

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While I (Susan) would love to share cheerfully that the dining plan is returning in 2023, unfortunately I cannot. Take a look at the picture above to check out the options. First, guests can book a room only offer. Next, you can book packages with room and theme park tickets. The benefit of booking a package now is the ability to make park reservations.

Dining plans are not offered in 2023 Disney World vacation packages.

Do you want dining plans to return or not? Are you eagerly waiting news of its return, or enjoy dining without it? Please leave us a comment below or on Facebook.

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