Disney updated the Dining Plan restaurants for 2012 today. There are a number of “interesting” updates, depending on your definition of “interesting.” Check out the updated brochure here: http://media.disneywebcontent.com/StaticFiles/DTA-Domestic/pdf/2012Product/2012Dining.pdf.
“Sit-down restaurants” are now categorized by type and location – Table Service Meals, Character Dining, and Signature Restaurants. Dinner Shows, Private In-Room Dining, and Pizza Delivery make up the final three categories.
In addition, almost all of the restaurants that did not previously participate in the Disney Dining Plan now offer it.
New Table Service Additions:
At Animal Kingdom and Downtown Disney, Rainforest Cafe is one table service credit.
At Epcot, Bistro de Paris is two table service credits.
At Downtown Disney, Fulton’s Crab House is two table service credits. Also at Downtown Disney, Wolfgang Puck: The Dining Room is two table service credits.
At Downtown Disney, the following restaurants are one table service credit and were not previously on the Disney Dining Plan: Bongos Cuban Cafe, House of Blues, Paradiso 37, Portobello, T-Rex.
New Quick Service Additions:
At the new Art of Animation Resort, we now know the quick service will be called Landscapes Cafe. That may have been previously announced…
At Fort Wilderness Campground, The Trails End – To Go Bar is formally included as a quick service eatery.
At Old Key West Resort, the Turtle Shack is formally included as a quick service eatery.
At Saratoga Springs Resort, The Paddock Grill is a new addition (opened July 2011).
At Animal Kingdom, Beastly Kiosk and Mr. Kamal’s are formally included.
At Epcot, Katsura Grill replaces Yakitori House (same location, similar menu).
At Hollywood Studios, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner is formally included.
At Magic Kingdom, The Diamond Horseshoe, Friar’s Nook, and Golden Oak Outpost are formally included. Tortuga Tavern replaces El Pirata y el Perico (same location, similar menu).
At Blizzard Beach, the Cooling Hut is included.
At Typhoon Lagoon, Lowtide Lou’s, Snack Shack, and Surf Doggies are included.
At Downtown Disney, Bongo’s Cuban Cafe Sandwich Window and Marketplace Snacks are included.
It’s nice to see that Disney finally strong-armed the last of the table service restaurants into joining the Disney Dining Plan. The formal addition of some of the quick services that participated in the Dining Plan, but weren’t actually on the list, should cut down on confusion as well.
While you’re eating a $37 steak at Portobello on the Dining Plan, you can yell across the room at me in the bar as I stuff my face with 3/$5 Meatball Sliders and guzzle Orlando Brewing Partners beer.