Disney’s 2018 Dining Plan will offer alcoholic and specialty beverages as an option

The Disney Dining Plan is always a popular thing for its resort guests.  There are three options for the plan: the Quick Service dining plan, the Disney Dining plan (quick service and table service), and the Deluxe Dining plan (any where you want).   I, for one, have never really considered it an option for me because every meal comes with a non-alcoholic beverage and adult beverages cost extra.  So for dinner, if and when I want a beer, not only would I pay for the beer, but then I probably would not be ordering image5-1my soda and wasting the money I’d spent on it.  But that’s just me.

Now it’s all changed.  It was rumored last week or so and it’s officially been announced by Disney that the 2018 Disney Dining Plan will now offer alcoholic and even specialty beverages such as milkshakes and smoothies as an option for drinks.  Here’s the announcement below.

Guests of select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels with Magic Your Way Vacation Packages that include a Disney Dining Plan have several new beverage options available.

Beverages – Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot chocolates
  • Soda, Coffee, or Tea

A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 and over and present valid ID to be served one (1) alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.

And of course, the DDP will be rising in price, but only slightly.  Really, it looks more like an annual increase, as opposed to one that’s because of the addition of these new offerings.

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For the quick service plan, which comes with two counter service meals (entree and drink), and two snacks a day, it will rise from $48.19 to $52.49 a day for adults and $21.75 for children age 3-9.

The Disney Dining Plan comes with one counter service, one table service (entree, drink, dessert/side OR a buffet), and two snacks a day.  This will increase from $69.35 to $75.49 a day for adults and $25.80 for children age 3-9.

Lastly, the Deluxe Dining Plan offers three meals a day, any style (table service now comes with an appetizer), plus two snacks.  This plan will increase from $106.68 to $116.24 a day for adults and $39.90 for children age 3-9

All plans come with the refillable resort mugs.  The Disney Dining Plans must be booked in at least 72 hours advanced and can not be booked when you arrive at your resort.

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Frozen Dessert Party Coming to Epcot, IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party Leaving

Elsa has gotten fireworks, her own show, an attraction overlay, and she even took over the castle lighting ceremony during Christmas at the Magic Kingdom.  Well now she’s getting a fireworks dessert party… again! Starting July 17th, Epcot will be replacing the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party, which has it’s last date actually on July 14th, and starting a brand new dessert party ever so creatively named the Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party.

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Just like the IllumiNations party, the Frozen one will be held on select evenings in the World Showcase Plaza East one hour prior to the IllumiNations fireworks.  Besides the Continue reading “Frozen Dessert Party Coming to Epcot, IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party Leaving”

Player 1: Where to go for 80s nostalgia and inexpensive craft beer

Something which has increasingly grown in popularity over the past few years is video game bars.  A place where adults can go and enjoy a wide range of drinks, whether they be themed cocktails, craft beers, or a mix of both, all while playing video games.  Sometimes, the video games are contemporary and modern age.  More often than not, they’re classic arcade games (or a mixture of both), and once in a while, you may even find a board game bar.  No joke, my friend went to one in California!

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Here in Orlando, there’s a bar called Player 1 that I’d been hearing about for a while from my friends.  Finally, we decided to check it out and when we did, we discovered it’s located just down the Continue reading “Player 1: Where to go for 80s nostalgia and inexpensive craft beer”

EXCLUSIVE: Early review of Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar

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On Wednesday, I had the opportunity and pleasure to be among the first to sample the offerings at the Satu’li Canteen thanks to a Cast Member preview.  As you may know, the Satu’li Canteen is located in the new land, Pandora – The World of Avatar.  The new restaurant is a fast-casual style offering and, from what we could tell, is located on the right side of the land.   So here is our brief experience and early review!  We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the preview, so all food pictures are official photos Continue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Early review of Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar”

BREAKING: Club 33 coming to all four WDW parks!

DSCN0222Well this is quite the surprise (even though with everything that’s been coming to WDW over the last year or so, it really shouldn’t be), but as reported by WDW News Today, Walt Disney World will be bringing its own version of the famous Club 33 to the east coast.  But not just to the Magic Kingdom… Club 33 will have a home at all four WDW parks!

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Club 33, it is a unique (and pricey) membership club located inside the New Orleans land of Disneyland.  It was founded by Walt Disney himself so that he had a place to host VIP guests and corporate sponsors.  Membership has grown over the years, and currently there is about a 14 year wait list to join.  But it’s not cheap! To be a Continue reading “BREAKING: Club 33 coming to all four WDW parks!”

Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen – Perfect for your Southern fix

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Well, it’s been open almost a year and we’ve finally gotten the chance to dine at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. Located at Walt Disney World, this new addition truly brings Southern cooking to the melting pot of dining which has become Disney Springs.

From its Shine Bar to its outdoor seating, Homecomin’ truly feels like home in the South! And thanks to Chef Art Smith, that classic southern style cooking has been elevated to fit in perfectly with the quality of cuisine we’ve come to expect from the WDW property. Continue reading “Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen – Perfect for your Southern fix”