When Disney World reopened in July 2020, certain experiences and conveniences did not return. Among these were FastPasses and the Disney Dining Plan. Recently, we asked our readers which they missed more, FastPasses or Dining Plans. Overwhelmingly, our readers miss the Disney dining plan the most. Could the return of the dining plan be coming in the near future? We certainly hope so! Here are some reasons guests are missing it!
Convenience- The number one reason our readers gave for missing the dining plan was the pure convenience of it. Adding a dining plan to your vacation package really makes the vacation all-inclusive. Meals and snacks are already paid for and it makes budgeting easier. It is just so easy to tap your magic band to pay for meals and snacks!
You feel more carefree- When meals and snacks are already paid for, guests tend to splurge a little more than if they were paying at the point of service! Guests also tend to order more. I definitely found this to be true for myself. I let my teenage daughter order the large, expensive Starbucks drink every day because it was a snack credit. Go ahead and order the most expensive meal on the menu- it’s included!
There are so many snack options- From dole whips to ice cream bars to frozen coffee drinks- all of these items are included as 1 snack credit. Some guests feel like they allow themselves to try more snacks than they would if they didn’t have snack credits to use.
The dining plan helps guests stay on budget- Some guests like to have the meals paid for in advance to help them stay within their budget. There are no big surprises when it comes to meals because they have already been paid for.
Research shows that guests actually on average spend more when using the dining plan. For this reason, we do believe that it is lucrative for Disney and will return. We are slowly seeing things return and rules are changing all the time. Hopefully, before we know it all of our favorite conveniences and experiences will be returned!