If you’re anything like us, you’re dreaming of your next trip to the most magical place on earth. We’re so excited about everything coming soon to the Disney parks — and let’s not forget the 50th anniversary celebrations that are in full swing! Admittedly, some offerings have been suspended for quite some time, and we’re on the edge of our seats waiting for them to make a comeback. This got us thinking—will the Disney dining plan return in 2022?
Let’s jump into what we’ve learned!
A Little Background on the Disney Dining Plan
For years, Disney World offered the Disney Dining Plan, which allowed vacationers to pre-pay for their meals before heading on their trip. It offered an all-inclusive feel for a Disney vacation, something that many guests appreciated — especially since it was often discounted or, at times, completely free. But ever since Walt Disney World reopened its theme parks in 2020, the Disney Dining Plan hasn’t been offered, and a return date hasn’t yet been announced.
What is the Disney Dining Plan?
The Disney Dining Plan is a “convenient and flexible” dining package add-on for a Walt Disney World vacation. It gives guests the ability to purchase a meal plan in advance, including meal passes for quick-service meals, table-service meals, and snacks, depending on the dining plan they purchased.
Before Walt Disney World temporarily closed in March 2020, Disney offered the following dining plan options:
- Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan: two quick-service meals and two snacks or nonalcoholic drinks per person, per night of stay.
- Disney Dining Plan: one quick-service meal, one table-service meal, and two snacks or nonalcoholic drinks per person, per night of stay.
- Disney Dining Plan Plus: two quick-service or table-service meals and two snacks or nonalcoholic drinks per person, per night of stay.
- Disney Deluxe Dining Plan: three quick-service or table-service meals and two snacks or nonalcoholic drinks per person, per night of stay.
Additionally, along with each quick-service or table-service meal entitlement, guests could opt for a specialty non-alcoholic beverage, or those 21 and older could opt for an alcoholic beverage.
Each dining plan also included a refillable resort mug, which allowed guests to get unlimited coffee, tea, water, and soft drink refills at the Disney hotels for the duration of their vacation.
Another perk of the Disney Dining Plan? It was often offered for free! Yes, you read that correctly. In recent years, Disney would release a special offer to allow guests who booked a Walt Disney World Resort vacation to receive a dining plan at no additional cost. This meant that all of their meals and snacks for their Disney trip were practically free.
We don’t know what the 2022 Disney Dining Plan cost will be (Disney Dining Plan 2022 prices haven’t been released since the DDP isn’t yet on sale). But below is the January 2020 pricing:
- Quick-Service Dining Plan: $55 per adult, per night; $26 per child, per night
- Disney Dining Plan: $78.01 per adult, per night; $30.51 per child, per night
- Dining Plan Plus: $94.60 per adult, per night; $35 per child, per night
- Deluxe Dining Plan: $119 per adult, per night; $47.50 per child, per night
The return of the Disney Dining Plan
It feels like it’s been forever since Disney offered the dining plans. When Walt Disney World reopened after its four-month closure in 2020, several guest offerings were not available — including the Disney Dining Plan. Since then, guests have anticipated the announcement of its return; however, Disney has stayed mum on the subject for quite a while.
We aren’t losing hope completely, though. Unlike Disney’s Magical Express, which stopped its complimentary airport transportation services in 2022, the Disney Dining Plan hasn’t come to an end. It was just suspended — for a pretty long time. But in summer 2021, Disney officially confirmed that the dining plan would return in the future.
The company shared, “We know many of you are also wondering when Disney dining plan packages will return. While we’re not quite ready to share an update on timing, we are planning to bring this guest-favorite option back at a later date.”
This news was huge to Disney fans. Dining plans are such a big deal for so many Disney guests who have been longing for that all-inclusive vacation feel. More recently, some planDisney panelists have answered guests’ questions relating to the return of the Disney Dining Plan, sharing that “there is no available update” but they “hope to see the dining plan return well before” 2023. At this point, we have reason to believe the Disney Dining Plan could come back sometime in the next several months, but we’re not holding our breath.
Will the Disney Dining Plan be offered again in 2022?
Well, we don’t know for sure. Since last summer, Disney hasn’t said anything significant about the dining plan returning, and we don’t have much to work with. Still, we feel optimistic about the Disney Dining Plan’s eventual comeback. If Walt Disney World was planning to eliminate the Disney Dining Plan, it’s unlikely that they would have hinted at its return. Perhaps it will be reimagined in the future, or there won’t be as many dining plan options, but that’s just speculation at this point.
Back in December, Disney Food Blog raised the solid point that it would make sense for the Disney Dining Plan to be brought back sometime in 2022, since Disney hinted at its return back in 2021. It seems unlikely for Disney to bring up the return of a highly anticipated (and missed!) offering only to not bring it back for several years. If you want to read more, Disney Tourist Blog dives into the return of the Disney Dining Plan — and the probability of it being offered for free again in the future — in this post here.
Nevertheless, the Disney Dining Plan webpage still exists on the Walt Disney World Resort official website. You can’t add a dining plan to your Disney World vacation package yet, but you can certainly read about it!. It may seem like not a big deal, but the fact that the page still exists leads us to believe that even though the Disney Dining Plan isn’t being offered right now, it isn’t going anywhere. We may just have to wait a bit longer before it’s available once again.
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