Disney Confirms Select Guest To Pay More for Experiences as Prices Reach New Heights

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Despite rising prices, Walt Disney World Resort will have a busier-than-usual summer this year. Disney has confirmed that select guests would pay more for experiences as a new deal shuns out most of the crowds.

Walt Disney World passholders in front of the Magic Kingdom castle.
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Disney World Confirms New Passholder Discounts Coming This Summer

Walt Disney World Resort has introduced an exclusive limited-time benefit for its Annual Passholders, offering an enhanced discount of 20% on food and non-alcoholic beverages at selected dining venues throughout the resort. This special promotion will be available during the V.I.PASSHOLDER Days from May 28 to June 26, 2024. To avail of this offer, Disney World Annual Passholders must present their valid Annual Pass ID and a government-issued photo ID at the time of purchase.

It’s important to note that this discount cannot be combined with other offers, and dining options are subject to change. Furthermore, Passengers must have a theme park reservation and valid admission to access the theme parks. Here’s a list of the participating dining locations across various resort areas.

Magic Kingdom:

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • The Crystal Palace
  • The Diamond Horseshoe
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
  • Liberty Tree Tavern
  • The Plaza Restaurant
  • Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
A picturesque view of a fairy tale Cinderella Castle with spires, under a clear blue sky with the sun setting behind, casting a warm glow over the scene.
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EPCOT:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • Garden Grill Restaurant
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room
  • Spice Road Table

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • 50’s Prime Time Café
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Hollywood & Vine
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Tiffins Restaurant
  • Tusker House Restaurant

Disney Resort Hotels:

  • Various dining venues across different Disney Resort Hotels, including Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Coronado Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
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Good for Passholders, Bad for the Rest of the WDW Population

While the enhanced discount offered to Annual Passholders at Walt Disney World Resort significantly benefits this specific group, it could potentially result in other guests paying more for meals. Since the discount is exclusively available to Passholders during the specified promotional period, families and individuals who do not hold Annual Passes may miss out on the opportunity to save on dining expenses. As a result, non-passholder guests may pay regular prices for food and beverages at the participating dining locations, effectively spending more than Passholders who enjoy discounted rates.

This disparity in pricing could lead to some families feeling disadvantaged or frustrated, especially if they visit the resort during the promotional period and witness others receiving discounted meals. Furthermore, if the promotion leads to an influx of Passholders taking advantage of the discount, it could result in crowded dining venues and longer wait times for non-Passholder guests. This could further exacerbate the perceived disparity in benefits between Passholders and other guests.

Overall, while the Passholder discount offers a valuable perk to Annual Passholders, it may inadvertently disadvantage other guests who do not qualify for the promotion, potentially leading to higher meal expenses for some families visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the promotional period. Passholders getting this exclusive discount might lead to a potential increase in folks finally biting the bullet and buying their passes.

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