Disney Dining Plans for 2013

Walt Disney World is beginning to release details regarding its Disney Dining Plans for the 2013 calendar year. 

Standard Disney Dining Plan

  • Plan features one (1) table service meal, one (1) quick service meal and one (1) snack per person, per day for the length of stay
  • A refillable mug is included for all party members, valid for unlimited refills throughout the length of stay
  • Pricing for 2013 is $17.16 for children age 3-9 and $55.59 for those age 10+ per person, per day

Quick Service Dining Plan

  • Plan offers two (2) counter service meals per day, one (1) snack per day and a refillable mug for use throughout the stay.  
  • Pricing for 2013 is $14.32 for children age 3-9 and $37.58 for those age 10+ per person, per day

Higher "peak season" rates are in place for the standard Dining Plan.  In years past Disney Vacation Club members have been exempt from peak season pricing.  So far there is no word as to whether this perk will continue in 2013.  

Also noteworthy for 2013 is Epcot's Le Cellier moving to the signature dining list for lunch.  Two meal credits will be required for lunch at Le Celler in 2013.  Le Cellier was designated a signature location for dinner in 2012 but remained one meal credit for lunch.  

Official brochures describing the plans in detail (PDF) can be found at the following links:

Disney Dining Plan

Quick Service Dining Plan

Note that the above PDFs will be subject to revisions throughout 2012 as Disney contines to negotiate with restaurants to participate in 2013.  

Disney Dining Plans must be added to DVC resort reservations at least 48 hours prior to arrival.  Pre-payment is required.

DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: Disney Dining Plans for 2013 -- wdrl
2012 Jul 25 10:30:27 AM
Has anyone eaten at Le Cellier both before and after it became a Signature restaurant? Other than raising the price, what changes have occurred at Le Cellier now that it is a Signature restaurant? We had eaten at Le Cellier before it became a Signature restaurant, but not since. Although the food was good, I thought Le Cellier's service and the ambiance was not up to the level of some of WDW's other Signature restaurants. Artist Point, at Wilderness Lodge, is one of our favorite Signature restaurants, and I give it a higher rating than Le Cellier.
Re: Disney Dining Plans for 2013 -- MaryPA
2012 Jul 25 11:20:27 AM
We dined at Le Cellier this past May. Although we use TIW and not 2 table service credits, we were disappointed in the value of the food for the price. In my opinion, it is not worth the signature table service title. I would not say that the food is bad - it just does not seem worth it compared to other 'Signatures". This was always one of DH's must do's. Even he agree's with me on this.

We have decided to try another in it's place for next year. Possibly Yachtsman.
Re: Disney Dining Plans for 2013 -- TimK
2012 Jul 25 12:03:13 PM
MaryPA wrote:
In my opinion, it is not worth the signature table service title. I would not say that the food is bad - it just does not seem worth it compared to other 'Signatures".

I agree.

The dining plans take a lot of abuse from opponents--some of it deserved and some is probably exaggerated. But one forum comment I read really drove home it's biggest drawback. The dining plans have forced all Disney restaurants into essentially 3 buckets--a restaurant is either Quick Service, Table Service (1 credit) or Signature. That's it. There's no gray area.

Rather than having a wide variety of experiences all across the culinary and financial spectrum, every restaurant has to fit one of those models. And for profitability sake, all single-credit TS locations provide pretty much the same experience. Prices are about the same. Portions are about the same. There are no grand expensive entrees that diners can choose.

Same holds true for the Signature and QS locations.

Which brings us back to Le Cellier. That's a great example of a restaurant which should fall in that gray area between the standard TS locations and the Signature locations. But because of the nature of the DDP, Disney had to categorize it somehow and they have chosen Signature.
Re: Disney Dining Plans for 2013 -- wdrl
2012 Jul 25 12:52:50 PM
TimK wrote:
I agree.

The dining plans take a lot of abuse from opponents--some of it deserved and some is probably exaggerated. But one forum comment I read really drove home it's biggest drawback. The dining plans have forced all Disney restaurants into essentially 3 buckets--a restaurant is either Quick Service, Table Service (1 credit) or Signature. That's it. There's no gray area.

Rather than having a wide variety of experiences all across the culinary and financial spectrum, every restaurant has to fit one of those models. And for profitability sake, all single-credit TS locations provide pretty much the same experience. Prices are about the same. Portions are about the same. There are no grand expensive entrees that diners can choose.

Same holds true for the Signature and QS locations.

Which brings us back to Le Cellier. That's a great example of a restaurant which should fall in that gray area between the standard TS locations and the Signature locations. But because of the nature of the DDP, Disney had to categorize it somehow and they have chosen Signature.


These are good points. Never thought about it in those terms.

I wonder if Disney has thought about letting restaurants charge one or two credits based on the entree chosen by the guest? One TS credit for the hamburger, chicken, or pasta entrees, two TS credits for the lobster and steak entree. It might give the restaurants greater flexibility in the menu offerings.

Such two-level menus might be appealing to guests, particularly those families with children who are considered adults by the dining plans (remember, 10-year-olds and older are considered to be adults for the dining plans). My 12-year-old niece is quite content to eat chicken nuggets and pizza, but her parents prefer Signature-type entrees. A TS restaurant that offered both types of entrees would be very appealing to them.

I know the dining plans are very popular with many Disney guests. Its not uncommon to hear about cash guests who change their dates or even their hotels just so they can get the "free" dining. A few weeks ago a woman was telling me about staying at Wilderness Lodge with her adult daughter's family. She was impressed with WL and she absolutely loved the fact that her daughter had the meal plan for the entire family.
"Price Fixe" menu for those on DDP? -- twoehr
2012 Jul 30 11:15:44 AM
I personally stopped using DDP a few years ago because I think the value is no longer there. I went from the standard plan to the quick serve and as mentioned now to none. I have used TIW as a supplement/replacement. To verify I made a good choice I tracked my spending the first few trips and have saved, and not over eaten without it. I think DDP is a great marketing tool for Disney and does fit for many others, just not me.

I think TimK is on to how it can and should develop. It is impacting what restaurants offer and has created silos in which they must fall, that isn't the kind of "feedback" you want into the system. What if restaurants could provide a parallel offering, either tuning the menu to fit to DDP, but having some other choices, or opening up the menu and then having a selection just for the DDP? The latter could be just like a restaurant offering a Price Fixe menu and the former could be where the menu is a good fit, but they may want to put out a few unique items that don't qualify. I could see most quick server and sit down placing going either way, but I'd suspect sit-downs would prefer the Price Fixe concept and quick servers the "extras" concept.
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