Both the Universal and Seaworld parks have their own versions of the Disney Dining – although on a much smaller scale.
Universal offer a package exclusively for those staying on site who can purchase in advance just like you would at Disney, it’s the same as the standard Disney Dining and will give you 1 table service, 1 quick service, 1 snack and a drink per day of your stay. It’s valid in over 100 restaurants over the parks and Citywalk. It works out at roughly £50 per person per day.
You can also purchase 2 other dining options for a day at the park if you’re off site:
Universal Dining Plan Quick Service – 1 Quick Service meal, 1 snack and one non alcoholic drink (approx £20 per person)
Universal Dining Plan Quick Service and Coca Cola Freestyle – 1 Quick Service, 1 Snack and unlimited soft drinks. (approx £25 per person)
It’s easy to spot locations that accept the plan throughout the park as you will see this sign
You’re given a card that has your credits loaded on and that’s what you use when you want to eat.
Seaworld Parks and Entertainment have their own version which is called ‘All Day Dining’ and it’s gives you just that. Dining all day while you’re in the park. You’re able to eat every hour if you wish.
They vary in prices seasonally and those prices reflect on how many places you can eat within the parks.
Aquatica is roughly £14 per person and has only one restaurant (Banana Beach) which is an all you can eat buffet
Seaworld is roughly £31 per person and that gives you 7 different restaurants.
Busch Gardens is around £30 per person and gives you a choice of 4 different restaurants
Dining experiences like Dine with Shamu and dining with Elmo and Friends are not included as part of the dining package.
For the price you’ll pay for the all day dining, if you eat in the park twice a day you’ll make your money back.
Just like Universal and Disney you’ll see signs that tell you where you can use it
The Seaworld, Busch Gardens and Aquatica All Day Dining is via a wristband that you are given. Purchasing before you go will work out a little cheaper and most of the UK ticket agents sell these. If you purchase in advance you’re given an exchangeable voucher that you take to the park to switch for your wristband.
The other thing that both Universal and Seaworld still do that I’m upset Disney don’t anymore is the refillable souvenir cups. These are a great way to save money if you drink a lot of soda. They’re usually around $10 or less and Seaworld Parks will have a choice of themed designs, you can use these all day and refills are just 99c (plus Tax) prices are roughly the same for Universal.