When Will The Dining Plan Return?

Carolynleanne

Canadian Disney mom
Joined
Mar 17, 2012
Any guesses when the dining plan will return? It'll be two years between our trips (going end of next year, November 2021) so we really want to splurge with the dining plan. Think we've got a shot? Or will it be years before we see it come back?
 

MrsBooch

DIS Veteran
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Mar 13, 2019
Obviously I don't think we can "know" but I would be certain they will come back eventually just because they're a big money maker -
But i would think when more dining options are available, more locations are open, and the park is back to normal operating hours so perhaps by 2022? 2023?

Who can say?

I think they WILL for sure come back, just don't kow when.
 
  • Carolynleanne

    Canadian Disney mom
    Joined
    Mar 17, 2012
    I don’t think it will be until most dining locations are open and that more of full menus return.
    That for sure makes sense, there's just no way to know when that'll happen, haha. A year? Two? I can't even wrap my head around what our trip NEXT November will look like... but I know we'll have a great time no matter what :)
     

    midnight star

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    Aug 11, 2017
    Hopefully when more restaurants open with fuller menus. Although it would be cool if they at least had a quick service plan since that is the main thing open right now.
     


  • curlymom

    Earning My Ears
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    Oct 24, 2018
    I think the character meals, along with their price points have to be back before people will pay for the dining plan. It's generally not worth it for us unless we have a couple of those in the mix. I think park hopping has to be back also first.
     
  • pixarfan24

    WDW AP & DVC (SSR & AKV)
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    Apr 19, 2020
    I think it WILL be back, just not sure when. I assume when all or most restaurants are open with full capacity. DDP has been a huge success for WDW and I can't see it going away permanently.
     

    skeeter31

    DIS Veteran
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    May 3, 2012
    Just curious, but why do you hope dining plans never come back?
    I agree with the sentiment. Since the inception of the DDP, the menu offerings at all TS restaurants on property have severely degraded to the point that each now has 6-8 offerings and most have very similar options. Prior to the DDP, menus were much larger and had much more variety for the flavors and techniques of the specific restaurant. But, this is coming from someone that has only utilized the DDP once and that was way back in 2009. Being semi-local, with APs and using our DVC points we never even have the option to get the dining plan as we never book packages.
     

    Kae

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    Oct 21, 2002
    I agree with the sentiment. Since the inception of the DDP, the menu offerings at all TS restaurants on property have severely degraded to the point that each now has 6-8 offerings and most have very similar options. Prior to the DDP, menus were much larger and had much more variety for the flavors and techniques of the specific restaurant. But, this is coming from someone that has only utilized the DDP once and that was way back in 2009. Being semi-local, with APs and using our DVC points we never even have the option to get the dining plan as we never book packages.
    I would like to say that while I can agree with you I would like to point out that most people complain if there are not "normal"foods on the menu especially kids menus, I remember when BOG opened & the Skipper Canteen. They also lose their minds if things get taken off or changed. We used to love how at California Grill the menu changed all the time even if we went twice on one trip things would change. So I don't think it can blamed all on the Dining Plan
     

    rwdavis2

    DIS Veteran
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    Oct 2, 2007
    Apologies, but I'm going to be that guy: hopefully never.

    :)
    I agree. More regular WDW people say it has made dining worse and narrowed selections. I also don't get the OP's "splurge with the dining plan". It's not designed to save money therefore I never considered ever buying it.
     

    holden

    DIS Veteran
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    Feb 21, 2005
    I too would like to see the demise of the dining plan if it would bring back better food to WDW. We never get the dining plan. It doesn't work for our family and our eating habits.
     

    dchronister

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 12, 2007
    I agree with no dining plan! It has never been an advantage for my family to buy the plan and it has really hurt the dining quality at Disney!! People like it for convenience I get that but you can charge everything to the resort/magicband anyway! That is convenient enough for me!!
     





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