Seasonal price increases at The Walt Disney World Resort is something that people just seem to forget about when planning a vacation to Disney.  Disney was doing this for awhile around Thanksgiving and Christmas but it is more wide spread.  Basically the way this works is that during certain times of year the Walt Disney World Resort will become busier and certain dining locations will see an increase in guests wanting to dine there.  If you choose to travel to Disney during those dates you will pay more to eat at certain places.  The cost has gone up around $4.00 per Adult and $2.00 per child and then you need to still add tax and tip on top of that. This can really add up if you are not on the Disney Dining plan and it is now in effect at many of the character buffets and popular eateries.

Here are the dates for 2010 and 2011 Seasonal Increases as of July 2010:
• June 13 – August 14, 2010
• November 20 – November 27, 2010
• February 19 – February 26, 2011
• March 12 – March 19, 2011
• April 16 – April 30, 2011
• June 11 – August 13, 2011

So when making your plans to go on that Magical Disney Vacation it is something to think about. During the following Holidays Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day you will also see an increase in the pricing. Disney also has increased the prices at some of the sit down or table service restaurants. Once again those using Disney’s Dining plans will not be effected by the cost as they will use there dining credits but they still have to pay the tip and the bill will be larger during these times of the year.

The following restaurants are on the list right now :

1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway at Epcot (Princess Meal)
Biergarten in Germany at Epcot
Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Character Meal at Breakfast)
Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Character Meal Breakfast and Dinner)
Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom (Princess Meal)
Crystal Palace at Disney’s Magic Kingdom (Winnie the Pooh and Friends Character Meal)
Garden Grill in Epcot ( Chip N Dale Character Meal)
Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Playhouse Disney Character Meal for Breakfast)
Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom (Dinner)
Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Trails End Buffet at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Character Meal Breakfast)

This is just something to think about when you are planning your budget for your Disney World Vacation. Everything at Disney adds up quick so knowing what costs are going in can help you plan what you are going to spend and what you need to save to be able to go. The next step is to actually plan and book some dining and that is when the ADR comes in. Don’t know what an ADR is? Well that is Disney lingo for Advanced Dining Reservation and you will need them if you plan on eating at the popular places at Disney World. I will go over making ADR’s in my next post. If you have any questions please post them here or email me at

Thanks and Have a Magical Day!