Disney World dropped a delicious piece of news that WDW fans have been waiting for: The Disney Dining Plan is coming back! That’s right, Disney has just announced the return of the Disney World dining plans! Starting with stays beginning on January 9, 2024, guests who book a vacation package at a Disney World Resort hotel will have the option to add the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan or the Disney Dining Plan to their package.

The Disney Dining Plan has always been a popular choice for families visiting Walt Disney World, offering convenience and peace of mind by allowing guests to prepay for meals and snacks. Disney World discontinued the Dining Plan after the 2020 closure, and one of the most common questions I’ve received over the past three years is “When are the dining plans coming back to WDW?”

For awhile, it looked unclear if Disney World would ever bring back the program. Even though EPCOT Festival menus still featured a DDP logo on them, there was no indication that the program’s return was a sure thing. When Disney World announced a Dining Promo Gift Card promotion earlier this year, I figured that was going to be the replacement. Happily, I was wrong.

Here’s everything you need to know about the return of the Disney Dining Program.

When is the Disney Dining Program coming back?

The Disney Dining Program will be back at Disney World starting January 9, 2024. Guests can start booking 2024 vacations on May 31, 2023.

Disney Quick Service Dining Plan Details

Used at over 100 Quick Service locations, the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan is perfect for those Disney World guests who want a more flexible and casual dining experience.

With the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan, everyone ages 3 and up in your travel party will receive

  • Two quick service meals per night of your stay
  • One snack or nonalcoholic drink per night of your stay
  • One refillable resort mug.

You can use these meal credits and snacks anytime during your stay. So, for example, if you booked a 4-night package, everybody in your party 3 and up would receive 8 quick-service meals and four snacks.

Disney Dining Plan

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The Disney Dining Plan takes your dining experience up a notch, offering a more diverse selection of dining options for guests, including table service restaurants and character experiences.

This plan includes the following per person 3 and older in your traveling party.

  • One table-service meal per night of your stay.
  • One quick-service meal per night of your stay.
  • One snack per person per night of your stay.
  • One refillable resort mug

Regardless of which plan you choose, both can offer excellent value and experience for guests. It can make a Disney vacation a bit more stress free, since you can budget for food ahead of time.

Stay tuned for more details on the Disney Dining Plan options, including participating restaurant lists and pricing. Don’t forget, bookings for 2024 visits open on May 31, 2023, so get in touch with our friends at Vacationeer who can help you book a WDW vacation next year with a Disney Dining Plan.

So, make sure to mark your calendars and start planning your magical vacation with a Disney Dining Plan that suits your family’s needs!