Disney World Announces Big Changes in Response to Guest Feedback

Disney World is planning to roll out a variety of changes next year that will greatly affect the visitor experience.

In response to guest feedback, the Orlando, Florida theme park is gearing up to not only do away with park reservation requirements, but also to bring back two popular dining plans—which is great news for foodies looking to eat their way through the world-class resort's extensive list of parks.

According to the official Disney Parks Blog, both the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan and the Disney Dining Plan are making a long-awaited comeback on Jan. 9, 2024.

“We know our guests—and families in particular—have missed dining plans, which offer guests the convenience and peace of mind of pre-paying for their meals and snacks," the blog post noted.

Meal plans had initially been phased out when the COVID-19 pandemic hit due to safety concerns, and never returned once Disney World parks and resorts began to reopen.

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However, once the dining plans are back next year, they won't be available to just any and everyone with a park entry ticket. Here's the caveat: travelers must book a vacation package with a Disney Resort hotel in order to be eligible. Bookings will open on May 31, 2023, where guests can choose to include one of the two meal plans.

"Both plans will be a great value for families with young children, with access to many spectacular food and beverage offerings across Walt Disney World," the brand communication continued.

In addition to the returning eatery options, the company announced that as of Jan. 9, 2024, theme park guests who buy a date-based ticket will no longer need a park reservation, clarifying, "For other admission types, including non-dated tickets, theme park reservations may be required to help us continue managing attendance and delivering a great experience for everyone."

It continued to outline a host of other changes, including annual pass-holders and Disney cast members being able to take part in "good-to-go days," Disney Resort hotel guests getting extended park time, and a simpler Genie+ experience.

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