Food & Beverage Price Increases and Menu Changes Being Implemented at Walt Disney World Despite Closure

Despite the parks being closed indefinitely, internal changes to Food & Beverage continue as menus are constantly updated and prices are raised across Walt Disney World.

Gaston’s Tavern was shuttered early at the Magic Kingdom on the night before the park finally closed.

Changes come in the form of the aforementioned price increases, albeit despite the usual $0.25 to $1.00 increases we typically see across the board from quarter to quarter, we’re looking at much heftier price increases, ranging from $2 increases for meals to $4 increases for alcoholic beverages.

The menu at Tortuga Tavern in the Magic Kingdom.

There are price increases across various menus at restaurants throughout property, but here are some of the stand-out changes. At Tortuga Tavern, for example, the Turkey Leg with Chips meal is up from $12.49 to $14.49 (however, it now includes a side.) Similarly, the All-Beef Hot Dog with Chips is now $10.49, up from $9.49. Another interesting change here is the removal of both the Tostones and Ropa Vieja, which means we may be looking at more pared-down menus upon the parks reopening. (Unfortunately, that also means the loss of some individual flare for many restaurants––I know a lot of people who go to Tortuga Tavern just for Ropa Vieja.)

At other restaurants across property, like at The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, cocktails like the Old Fashioned are up from $14.00 to $17.00, with the Pomegranate Whiskey Sour up from $12.50 to $14.00 and the Grapefruit Cake Martini also up from $12.25 to $14.00. Speaking of martinis, the rest of the martinis on the menu have seemingly been removed, along with the margaritas. Brown Derby is known for its fabulous, expansive cocktail menu, but it seems hard times have hit Hollywood Boulevard.

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Ale & Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Resort restaurants have also been hit with price increases. A staff favorite at WDWNT, the Ale & Compass Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort has seen an increase in price for everyone’s beloved Parker House Rolls and Spreads from $12.00 to $13.00. Even the Applewood-smoked Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger is up from $13.00 to $19.00. Likewise, cocktails are also up in price, with the Galleon Gimlet and The Big Apple both up from $11.25 to $14.00. While lounges are typically a lower-cost option for guests looking for a more casual meal, with these price increases, it’s practically around the same price point of a full-service restaurant at this point.

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Adiel Alfonso
Adiel Alfonso
6 months ago

Wow, I love the food at Disney but I guess it will be time to pack my own from now on. 6 dollar increase for a burger? Crazy.

Shelly Johnson
Shelly Johnson
6 months ago
Reply to  Adiel Alfonso

They will put an end to that in the future.

Jake DeMonte
Jake DeMonte
6 months ago
Reply to  Adiel Alfonso

well when the parks reopen, they kind of need the money especially right now

Lisa Jones
Lisa Jones
6 months ago
Reply to  Jake DeMonte

The prices were ridiculous to begin with. Until people stop showing up, they will continue to raise the prices no matter what. And no, I don’t think they need the money. I used to love Disney. It was worth the price. It isn’t anymore. Very sad that the average person can no longer afford to show their children the magic that Walt Disney envisioned.

joey
joey
6 months ago
Reply to  Lisa Jones

walt always wanted the parks to be affordable for familys

kes601
kes601
6 months ago

Noticed similar things — Liberty Tree dropped the lobster roll and Cali Grill dropped a sushi roll and only has 1 flatbread listed.

Than
Than
6 months ago

I remember when water was $2.75…just half a decade ago!

Docmarmo
Docmarmo
6 months ago
Reply to  Than

The cost for bottled purified tap water is atrocious!

a rastellini
a rastellini
6 months ago
Reply to  Docmarmo

they have always had water fountains and now also have bottle filling stations. there is no need to purchase bottled water. even if you don’ arrive with a bottle you can refill after buying one.

George Pistachio
George Pistachio
6 months ago

I understand getting rid of some things to cut cost, but adding money onto items that when you boil it down, is just justice for a bean counter paid a salary in a room. A hot dog is now two dollars more expensive then before but still a different price than the same hot dog somewhere else? To many bean counters, how bout that’s where you cut cost.

Jay Bradford
Jay Bradford
6 months ago

That is just pure greed which has been going on for years.

Wendell
Wendell
6 months ago

Government bailout and raising prices like that,thats not how you welcome people back.They are going to make money on this virus!

Hogus Prenter
Hogus Prenter
6 months ago

Haha, man, are they in for a rude awakening when this is all over and I can’t wait. Their careless indifference to customers coupled with constant gouging deserves a 2001 style payback.

At this point, I hope someone takes over the Disney corporation and scraps it for parts given their tone deaf response to slashing executive pay to float the day-to-day workers and taking forever to offer passholders any sort of understanding & relief. Their insane greed is so transparent at this point I find it revolting.

A Guest
A Guest
6 months ago

Came to say the same thing. A quarter or buck here or there is one thing. Six frickin dollars for the exact same burger? Uhhh pass. $20 basically for a drink. One. Drink. What the hell.
I’m a demo that can absolutely afford this but will likely refrain on a few extra enjoyments (like cocktails) now.

But now imma ride that dining plan promo into the sunset and really get my money’s worth. Jezzzussss.

KATHLEEN RUSSO
KATHLEEN RUSSO
6 months ago

I’ll be renting a car and eating off property You just had to know Disney was gonna do something to off set all this .How will a family pay for burgers at 19.00 a pop ?RIDICULOUS

Capped
6 months ago
Reply to  KATHLEEN RUSSO

Car rental is minimum $50 a day, all in, and $25 to park. Better to Uber or Lyft. You could use that $75 to buy four burgers platters to optimize your time in the parks, or just brown bag it. You’re not going to the parks for a delicious meal anyway.

Tongee
Tongee
6 months ago
Reply to  KATHLEEN RUSSO

Have fun with $65 parking a day!

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 months ago

I knew this was going to happen. Ticket prices will be next!

Dennis
Dennis
6 months ago
Reply to  Jennifer

Rise of the Accountants

George Pistachio
George Pistachio
6 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

Return of the Shareholders

Nan
Nan
6 months ago
Reply to  Jennifer

It’s for the rich

Ed Kelemen
Ed Kelemen
6 months ago

Not exactly geared toward attracting customers after the shutdown and the way people will be scrambling for money then.

Pam Paretti
Pam Paretti
6 months ago

I would never pay that amount of money for a drink or food. If I would even go back to Disney I would most definitely rat off the property

Robert
Robert
6 months ago

I guess Bob Chapek and Bob Iger were the inspiration for Ebeneezer Scrooge. That means Charles Dickens had a time machine, but still, their greed knows no end. And I told you that this would happen. Scaleback of Disney privileges at a more increased price.

Steve O'Neil
Steve O'Neil
6 months ago

These price increases are totally outrageous. I was to be in disney in may. Perhaps I should just cancel now and save the money.

Hogus Prenter
Hogus Prenter
6 months ago
Reply to  Steve O'Neil

Yeah, you should. For what you’d spend you could travel somewhere else and have a real experience.

Docmarmo
Docmarmo
6 months ago

Applewood-smoked Bacon and Vermont Cheddar Burger is up from $13.00 to $19.00!!??

That’s just wrong…

Candy Muncy
Candy Muncy
6 months ago

DisneyWorld is a famous attraction no doubt. I have been there a few times. But ticket prices have gotten outrageous for a family to even afford now. Disney needs to wake up and realize they would have many more people flooding through their gates if their prices were affordable. I have talked to some Disney employees and they are not getting rich on their megar salaries. Disney is not affordable and I highly don’t think this is what Walt Disney had in mind when he built this park. I could take my kids 10 places for what Disney is charging… Read more »

Ken Sessoms
Ken Sessoms
6 months ago
Reply to  Candy Muncy

Candy, you are correct but I do not believe that Disney is interested in being affordable. It appears that they do not want to open the gates to everyone.

Jeff Timmerman
Jeff Timmerman
6 months ago

This is why as DVC members we get a 1 bedroom so we can get a full kitchen. Then we bring snacks and such into the parks.

Andrew
Andrew
6 months ago

Unemployment up, economy down sure lets jack up some prices that will get’em back! – bob chapek

Thinking Human
Thinking Human
6 months ago

One visit to even just Disney Springs will show you everything you need to know. Disney could care less about American visitors; it’s the tourists from socialist countries that they want because they know the money will keep pouring in. Have you ever asked yourself why those sweetheart package deals are only available to foreigners and not US citizens? Disney = Pretentious and they keep proving it over and over and over…ad nauseum. On top of that, their latest productions (most with an agenda or SJW message) leave a lot to be desired.

Auntie Gravity
Auntie Gravity
6 months ago
Reply to  Thinking Human

100% correct.

a rastellini
a rastellini
6 months ago
Reply to  Thinking Human

luckily for all of us you can choose not to partake of their product

Juan
Juan
6 months ago

Geeez… the price of ONE cocktail is the same price as one day park ticket in 1983. LOL