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Apr 10, 2013
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I noticed they are now charging $23 for their new 'dining plan' yet it only includes 1 snack (vs old one was 2 sides) and the price went up $5.
 
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Gavin

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It's actually a better deal than the platinum meal certificates were.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg said:
Deluxe Dining Plan

Get lunch, dinner, snack, side item, and a Drink All Day Souvenir Cup
Adult meal entitlements include: (2) entrées, (1) snack, (1) side or dessert, and (1) Drink All Day Souvenir Cup. Child meal entitlements include: (2) kid's meals (entrée & drink), (1) snack, (1) side or dessert, and (1) Drink All Day Souvenir Cup. Redeemable at any Busch Gardens Williamsburg restaurant or snack location. Entitlements must be used on the same day. Entrées must have one hour between redemptions. Restaurants close up to an hour prior to park closing.
 
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We come early and never are in the park the whole day to eat lunch and dinner. They had this same deal last year for lunch and dinner. Sad to see them continue to raise prices and reduce the value.
 

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As much as I loved taking advantage of the platinum dining certificate, I'm also very glad to see the park narrowing down and simplifying their up-sell options. I'm sure very, very few people ever used the platinum dining certificate so there really wasn't much reason to keep it around from the park's point of view.

Also, I don't know that we can claim that the park is raising prices and reducing value when the dining plan is a better value and all they did was remove a voucher. I get that we were part of the very small niche that loved the platinum dining certificate and it sucks that it is gone, but at the same time, in the park's shoes, I'd be making this same decision.
 
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Nov 2, 2011
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I just got back from Seaworld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa and they both sell a pass for all day dinning that includes an entree once an hour along with a side and a drink all day long for about 33-35 bucks we bought this at each park well worth the money now to have that at our park would be a much welcom bonus.
 

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The only issue here is that it leaves one meal visitors out in the cold. I can't remember the last time I ate two meals at a park.
 
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I'm with Buschbaby in not knowing what a snack entails. I know on the old dining certificates it was popcorn, a novelty ice cream product or a drink. The the people at the stands don't seen to know, at least not on Sunday night when we were using up our certificate. We weren't hungry enough that night, but were especially interested in whether the dining items at the New France show grill area qualified as snacks since they are in fact noted on the grill as 'snacks' though they are in the 7.99 + price range.
 
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The snacks with the all day plan at Tampa and Seaworld you could get an entree every hour with a side and a drink the sides could be anything from a pickle, side salad fruit cake ect and thats every hour not just 2 meals and one or two snacks well worth the money.
 
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I am trying to decide if either of the dining plans are worth it for this trip. We used to mix it up and get 2 Platinum and 1 regular and that was more than enough for the 4 of us all day. We have a refillable cup from the last time we were there so we'll already get a discount on a drink. Not sure if the value is there anymore. I also remember we had lunch and dinner "tickets" and they did not need to all be used on the same day because we went back on our last day to use up some lunch one we had left-now I see it says "entitlements must be used on the same day". Does anyone have any experience with that statement this season?
 
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They do have to be used same day, but when I asked about dinning deals at guest relations they said they had more than just two options. I don't remember what she called them though.
 
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