Rumor Has It…

Those of you who enjoy any of the Disney Dining plans will certainly be happy if this rumor turns out to be true!

Big changes may be coming to the much-discussed Disney Dining plan in 2015 – some won’t travel without it, and others believe it’s a waste of money. Guests scramble each year to get the Free Disney Dining Discount, and Guests who have vacations coming up after May 31st will want to pay attention to the details below.

Chef Mickey at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Chef Mickey at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

After May 31, 2015, there will be much more flexibility and choices in how and where to use dining credits at numerous dining and merchandise locations. As of May 31st, the following are available to purchase with a snack credit…

  • All single-serve non-alcoholic beverages that are not in a souvenir container (single serve is equal to or less than one liter and excluding beverages sold at recreation counters);
  • All ice cream novelties;
  • All hand-scooped ice cream offerings, including sundaes that do not exceed two (2) scoops or are not served in souvenir container;
  • Additional items considered single-serve previously excluded are now included, such as Caramel or Candy Apple (with or without peanuts, excludes character-inspired apples),
    large Mickey Cookie,
  • Tin Mints (1.5 oz), fresh-popped, scooped popcorn (only applies to Big Top Souvenir and Karamell-Kuche locations).

Note: Pre-bagged popcorn of any kind is no longer included in the Dining Plan.

 

Also rumored to go into effect May 31st is the ability to convert meal credits to snack credits. Guests may choose to convert either 1 Quick-service credit or 1 Table-service credit into 3 snack credits as long as all 3 snacks are purchased in the same transaction at the time of conversion.

Resort locations allowing meal credit conversion beginning May 31, 2015:

  • Artist’s Palette
  • BayView Gifts
  • Beach Club Market Place
  • Calypso Trading Co.
  • Conch Flat
  • Donald’s Double Feature
  • Dundy’s Sundries
  • Everything Pop
  • Fittings and Fairings
  • Fulton’s General Store
  • Ink and Paint
  • Jackson Square
  • Johari Treasures
  • M. Mouse Mercantile
  • Maestro Mickey
  • Moana Mercantile
  • On the Boardwalk
  • Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries
  • Sandy Cove
  • Seashore Sweets
  • Settlement Trading Post
  • Sport Goofy Gifts and sundries
  • Wilderness Mercantile
  • Zawadi Marketplace

Park locations allowing meal credit conversion beginning May 31, 2015:

 

  • Big Top Souvenir (Magic Kingdom)
  • Confectionary (Magic Kingdom)
  • Prairie Outpost (Magic Kingdom)
  • Karamell-Küche (Epcot)
  • Beverly Sunset(Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
  • Writer’s Stop (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
  • Mombasa Marketplace (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
  • Candy Cauldron (Downtown Disney)
  • Goofy’s Candy Co. (Downtown Disney)

 

There are also some expected changes to the long-standing “rules” of the Dining Plan.

  1. Snacks are no longer “most things under $5”. The new rule states that if it has the Disney Dining Plan icon Disney Dining Plan Icon next to it, then it is considered a snack and may be purchased using a snack credit.
  2. Exchanging of meal credits (1 Quick-service or 1 Table-service) may be done for items considered snacks included in the Dining Plan as long as all 3 snacks are purchased in one transaction at the time of conversion.
  3. Pre-bagged Kettle Korn in no longer a snack option on the Dining Plan.
  4. Trading Snack credits for meal credits is still not permitted.

This was first reported by Orlando Parks News, but as of this writing, Disney has not commented on the rumored changes to the dining plan. Until Disney officially announces these changes, they are simply rumor and speculation.

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