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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Disney Debuts New "Meal Kit" Offering For Guests At Saratoga Springs: Other Resorts May Arrive Soon


by: guide4wdw - Collin

In a somewhat unpredicted announcement, Disney has debuted a new dining offering at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort particularly helpful to those staying in Villa accommodations called "Meal Kits."

The service allows guests to go to the Artist's Palette dining location and pick up a pre-prepared ingredient box to take back to their resort room and cook utilizing their villa kitchen. The service is being primarily marketed towards DVC members, but anyone can book villa accommodations at the resort through Disney and other DVC points buying services across the internet (If you're interested in booking a villa and having someone walk you through that process, check out Destinations to Travel and tell them Guide4WDW sent you). 

(photo: Jason Pratt - Flickr)

The box itself includes a "meal kit for four featuring Rigatoni Fiesolana (Rigatoni pasta with creamy tomato sauce, sausage, portabella mushrooms, parmesan and fresh basil) and comes with a large garden salad, garlic bread sticks and baking instructions" according to a Disney Parks Blog post earlier this morning. The service, all things included, costs $49 and is listed as a limited time offering. 

Personally, I see this as a test of the dining option to see what the guest demand for it may be. Many guests utilizing the villa rooms, which always include the kitchen (any one bedroom villa or larger - deluxe studio rooms do not have the kitchen necessary to prepare this meal offering), frequently use external food prep and grocery delivery services to create meals in their resort rooms. Many of those grocery delivery services are a bit more budget friendly than this new option, but the convenience factor is certainly a bonus. 

So, what do you think? Will this be something that catches on and rolls out to other villa resorts (my guess is that it will in time) or will guests shy away from the new service. Personally, I see this as an outstanding way to get families together for a quiet meal and a fun way to get involved with your food preparation while on vacation. Also, for the price, this is a much cheaper offering than what you may pay at table service dining locations across property.      

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