Disney confirms that the Disney Dining Plan packages will return to Walt Disney World

Jun 30, 2021 in "Disney Dining Plan"

Posted: Wednesday June 30, 2021 4:51pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In a brief update from Disney late this afternoon, the company confirmed that the Disney Dining Plan packages will return to Walt Disney World.

The post on the official Disney Parks Blog stated, "Speaking of Disney Resort hotel stays, 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. "

The popular Disney Dining Plan packages, where guests pay a fixed price to eat at restaurants throughout their Walt Disney World stay, have been suspended since the parks reopened from the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020.

Disney continues to reopen more and more of its restaurants, adding much needed capacity that will be needed to support the return of the Disney Dining Plan.

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Sirwalterraleigh41 minutes ago

I don’t understand how that’s an offset? Take away something and add costs…to be offset by selling something that adds costs? only in Orlando does that work. They need the character buffets back to really use the DDP effectively…as in from Disney’s perspective.

mattpeto1 hour ago

I still would like to think that a few more EPCOT restaurants, Flying Fish and Jiko would return before the Dining Plan returns.

mattpeto1 hour ago

I heard a good theory: Dining Plan will return on January 1st to offset the lost of Magical Express.

Sirwalterraleigh1 hour ago

Actual information on ops issues comes from Disney…why are you trying to get a “jump” on it with speculation? It is what it is.

nickys1 hour ago

No. Other than Disney have said the dining plan will return. That’s it afaik.

Tom P.1 hour ago

So, just to catch up here... Without opening a new debate about the dining plan, do we have any reliable insider information as to what Disney's current thinking is about the return of the dining plan? Not speculation or conjecture, but actual reliable information as to what Disney is thinking/planning?

MisterPenguin5 days ago

Sirwalterraleigh5 days ago

Their “restraint” is amazing Granted. I didn’t phrase that right. Not arguing your point. I just was saying that limited res availability is more of a logistics issue right now. It’s not a capacity/crowd issue as it was during hell decade that would indicate they can roll dining plan. I think no dining plan also could be a side effect of “lightning lane”…they may not want to increase the cost of packages now when they obviously need to sell them. Too many hooks in their sea.

Chi845 days ago

I was responding to your comment that right now "reservations are available all over the place." For selling the dining plan, it doesn't really matter why people can't get reservations - those reservations need to be available in order to sell the plan.

Master Yoda5 days ago

This^^^. Nearly every TS restaurant I went into on the week of 10/1 was obviously short-staffed often with entire sections unused. I will at least give the mouse props for not throwing the CM's they do have to the wolves by fully booking restaurants that arent staffed to deal with it.

Sirwalterraleigh5 days ago

No reservations does not mean full restaurants. It’s meant limited tables and staffing.

Sirwalterraleigh5 days ago

I believe most if not all the hotels are still not open to full room Capacity. If that’s the case on-site…then there isn’t enough business for full restaurant capacity. If that’s why there’s no dining plan…it has to self correct first.

Chi845 days ago

Maybe, but not necessarily where and when people want to eat. I tried to remake our reservations for HBD, Boma, Cali Grill, Topolino's, Mama Melrose (that's likely getting canceled) and Trattoria al Forno. The last was the only one left with decent times. HBD, Cali, and Topolino's were not available at all for dinner and there were only very early and very late times for the others, like Boma at 9. Everyone vacations differently, but some people like to eat at certain restaurants and certain times. I was able to plan that at 60 days for everything but Space 220, but not now so someone must be in those restaurants. I'm not a fan of the dining plan at all, but @nickys is right about them needing restaurants back at full capacity and possibly pushing out the booking date in order to sell the plan.

nickys5 days ago

Right now it’s hard to book much at 60 days out +4 or +5 days. But then we also know people are cancelling quite close to their vacation dates. But they need the restaurants back at full capacity first. Otherwise there will be complaints when people pay for the dining plan and cannot book anything. If demand stays high at 60 days they may even decide to push that booking date out to 90 days.