When my family and I travel to Walt Disney World®, we get really excited about dining…pancakes with Rapunzel, creme brûlée in France, Dole Whips, and the list goes on. I love the all-inclusive feel of having the Disney Dining Plan. We say yes to steak, seafood, and cupcakes because it’s vacation, and the prices on the menu don’t apply to us. When it was announced that specialty drinks are now included at each meal, we were excited because sometimes it is hard to justify paying for a glass of wine when you already get a soda with your meal. Welcome to 2018 where I got to say yes to smoothies, margaritas, and champagne!
The Disney Dining Plan includes one beverage for every quick service and table service meal. If you are over 21, you can opt for an alcoholic beverage. One of our servers told us the rule of thumb is any drink under $14 should be included with the meal plan. However, if you spot something on the menu that catches your eye, simply ask to find out if you can have it at no extra charge. The Be Our Guest dinner menu listed the Enchantee Champagne at $16 per glass, but it was included. When you arrive at each meal, let the cast member know that you are using the Disney Dining Plan and they will confirm your drink choices.
I felt confident that the adults in our family would have plenty of specialty options at our table service meals but wondered how our kids would fare and what might be available at our quick service meals. The kids enjoyed frozen lemonade, smoothies, and bottles of soda. I will note that souvenir cups are not included! The adults had beer, wine, or mixed drink options at all of our quick service meals except lunch at Be Our Guest, which has self-service soda, tea, and coffee. It’s such a great use of a quick service credit, I was more than happy to sip my cup of soda in the music box room! Not only did we have fun trying out new drinks during our trip, when we crunched the numbers the specialty drinks added a lot of value to our Disney Dining Plan. Cheers to 2018!
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