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Guests using the Disney Dining Plan pay for it ahead of time. Typically, lumped into your existing package that includes park tickets and accommodations at a Disney resort. When using the dining plan, you want to make sure you’re getting your bang for your buck, or maybe even walking away having eaten more than you spent. Today we’re going to look at the 5 Worst Disney Restaurants you can dine at when you’re on the Disney dining plan. The Disney Dining Plan costs $75.49/adult/night and $27.98/child/night. The plan includes 1 table service meal credit, 1 quick service meal credit and 2 snacks per night. The plan also includes a refillable mug. The restaurants we’re comparing are table service restaurants. Generally speaking, quick-service is going to range in cost, for entree, between $9-20. Not really making or breaking your cost. Table service restaurants on the other hand, vary drastically.
To determine which restaurants are the worst choices for your dining plan I looked for the most expensive entree on the menu. When dining on the dining plan you have the choice between any of the entrees on the menu. The restaurants on this list have the lowest price for the most expensive entree in comparison to all the other table service restaurants on Walt Disney World property. The more expensive your choice of entree will increase your bill and therefore increase the value of your dining plan investment. These restaurants widen the gap between saving money on the dining plan and breaking even.
There is a special group of restaurants that weren’t even included in this search. They are called Signature Restaurants and require 2 meal table service meal credits, so obviously the value on that one is very dependent on what you order.
One last note before jumping into the list, just because a restaurant has made this list does not make it a poor choice. You may choose one of these restaurants but then dine every other meal at a buffet restaurant, which is major dining plan value. So it levels out. Or you end up with a free meal, like we did on our last vacation, and you’ll end up way past your investment. So without further ado, take a look at what I found.
Coming in at number 5 is the 50’s Prime Time Cafe. This table service restaurant is found at Hollywood Studios. Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant has your aunt, uncle or maybe your cousin serving you at your family table. Set in a 50’s era, with 50’s TV shows playing on 50’s TVs. The menu consists of comfort food at its best. Pot Roast, Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf. The most expensive item on this menu is Dad’s Stuffed Pork Chop at $26.00. 50’s Prime Time is a place where you will create lasting memories. The servers give you a hard time about keeping your elbows on the table and eating all your vegetables. And you can’t put a price on that. To bring yourself closer to dollars already spent, be sure to order one of the drinks from Dad’s Liquor Cabinet. Looking for a dining experience at Hollywood Studios that will surpass your dining plan cost, get a reservation at Sci-Fi Dine In.
4. Splitsville Dining Room
Splitsville Dining Room is found at Splitsville, Disney Springs’ bowling alley, located on the West Side. This dining room has seating outside or inside, is brightly lit and a fun cut loose atmosphere. Splitsville Dining Room is fourth on our list because it’s most expensive item on the entree list is $25.00. They do offer a wide variety, making it easier on families with different taste but you can find the same variety at a buffet restaurant, which has much greater dining plan value. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine at Disney Springs, the Boathouse is your best dollar for dining plan value.
This table service restaurant is located at the end of Main Street U.S.A. with beautiful views of Cinderella’s Castle. It’s a very small restaurant. Their speciality is their all-you-care-to-enjoy milkshake. Offered in Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Chip or the flavour of the month. You can choose to have this as your beverage or as your dessert. Why The Plaza is on our list at number three is because this menu is a glorified quick-service. The menu consists of burgers and sandwiches. The most expensive entree cost $21.00. Looking for a restaurant that has more value try Jungle Navigation or Tony’s Town Square Restaurant.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop is a restaurant at the Beach Club resort. It’s a very small restaurant that has become a must-do on many peoples list. Making it very hard to grab a reservation for. Don’t let the popularity deceive you. This is a burger joint. It’s amazing! The shop is straight out of the 50’s, with bar stools, booths and table jukeboxes. The ice cream is really delicious and there is countless choices for your dessert. But the value is not there. On the menu is burgers and fries, grilled cheese, reuben sandwiches. All for around $15. Not getting you anywhere close to your $75 a night cost. This is a place to go on a trip where you’re planning on paying out of pocket. Or simply stop by their to go window and grab an ice cream. It’s certainly not a spot to go if you’re looking to get the most out of your dining plan.
Lastly, we have Geyser Point Bar & Grill. This restaurant is found at the beautiful Wilderness Lodge. It opened in 2017, serving delicious burgers and beer on draught. When the restaurant first opened, they were doing a quick-service lunch and table service dinner. Similar to what you find at Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom. It was unsuccessful. With many guests assuming it was quick service for both and then getting extremely upset to see table service meal credits redeemed. Now, if you would like to dine inside Geyser Point Bar & Grill you will be using table service meal credits. If you want to use quick-service meal credits you’ll have to use the to go window outside. Therefore eating inside is great dollar value, because you’re getting a table service experience at a quick-service cost, but poor dining plan value. Definitely grab some food at the to-go window. May I recommend the Bison Burger.
With so many dining experiences, you have so many too choose from, that steering clear of these five shouldn’t be a problem. As I mentioned before, eating at these restaurant won’t necessarily mean you’re going to end up having paid more than you consumed. As long as the remainder of your meals exceed what you spent. To break even you want to average about $45 on your table service meal. This of course includes your dessert and your beverage. So you should still end up ahead. Happy Planning, Friends.