Complete guide to the Disney Dining Plan (and how to get it free)

(Article last checked: September 5, 2016)

If you're staying on-site at Disney World, almost everything is paid for before you even arrive - hotel, park tickets, airfare - but that leaves one main expense that you still have to think about: food.

As they always do, Disney came up with a solution for handling this when they created the Disney Dining Plan. This plan allows you to pre-pay for all of your dining so you don't have to worry about it later and gives your vacation an "all-inclusive" feeling. Disney even offers the plan for free during some promotions.

Here's how you can figure out if the Disney Dining Plan (DDP) makes sense for you.

Who can use it

In general, people that can purchase the DDP are those who have booked a package to stay in a Disney World resort (does not include the Swan, Dolphin, or Shades of Green). Packages include a resort and park tickets at a minimum, and you can optionally add a DDP.

There are 2 exceptions to this (these people will not qualify for Free Dining since that requires a package):

  • If you book a room-only reservation, you can add a Disney Dining Plan by using a travel agent or calling Disney World yourself and adding it.
  • Disney Vacation Club members or point renters can add a DDP to their reservation without booking a package.

What is included

When you're using a Disney Dining Plan, you can use it toward these things:

  • Table Service credits - used at participating Table Service restaurants, includes an entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. People using the Deluxe Dining Plan also get an appetizer with lunch and dinner.
  • Quick Service credits - used at participating Quick Service restaurants, includes an entree, non-alcholic beverage (plus dessert if you're eating lunch or dinner)
  • Snack credits - used at many locations, including some food carts. Can be used toward everything from a bottle of water to cotton candy to an ice cream bar. For the most current list of snacks, see this DISBoard list of confirmed snacks.
  • Refillable mugs - each dining plan includes a refillable mug for every guest who is 3 years old or older that can be refilled in any resort but not in the parks

Disney Dining Plan options

There are 3 main types of dining plans, each with different perks. The information below is per person per night (except for the refillable mug which is per person, but each mug is used throughout the duration of your stay).

Disney Dining Plan pricing
All of these plans include 1 refillable mug per person which can be refilled at any resort, but not in the parks.

2017 prices (including tax):
NameQS credits TS credits Snack credits2017 price for ages 10+2017 price for ages 3-9
Quick-Service Dining Plan202$48.19$20.99
Regular Dining Plan112$69.36$24.94
Deluxe Dining Plan<-- 3 credits to be used for either of these -->2$106.68$38.74

2018 prices (including tax):
NameQS credits TS credits Snack credits2018 price for ages 10+2018 price for ages 3-9
Quick-Service Dining Plan202$52.50$21.75
Regular Dining Plan112$75.49$25.75
Deluxe Dining Plan<-- 3 credits to be used for either of these -->2$116.25$39.99

How to use your credits

There's a lot of confusion about how credits can be used. Here are some tips and tricks for using DDP credits:

  • Although the number of credits you get are based on how many nights you stay, you can use DDP credits whenever you'd like until they run out.

    For instance, you may have the regular dining plan which gives you 1 Table Service credit and 1 Quick Service per day. You could decide to use 2 Table Service credits one day and 2 Quick Service credits the next. You could use all of your credits in one day. It's up to you.

  • It's really difficult to break even or come out ahead financially on the DDP, but if you plan strategically, you can maximize your DDP credits. To see which restaurants provide the best value, check out my analysis of all Table Service and Quick Service restaurants.
  • Quick Service credits are not divided between adult and child's credits, which means kids can order off of the adult's menu if they'd like.
  • You can split meals using Quick Service credits which can allow you to stretch your DDP credits to cover all of your meals.
  • You can use Table Service credits to pay for non-DDP people. As long as 1 person is on the DDP, you can use the credits to pay for non-DDP friends.
  • At Table Service meals, you can substitute your dessert with a fruit plate, side salad, or cup of soup, but you can not substitute appetizers for desserts.
  • Quick Service meals include a dessert at lunch and dinner, but you can substitute your QS dessert with a DDP-eligible snack.
  • You can use 1 Quick Service credit to purchase 3 DDP-eligible snacks, as long as they're done all in the same transaction.
  • People using the Deluxe, Premium, or Platinum DDPs can use a child’s credit to purchase adult entrees.

How do you get it free?

Of course, if you don't have to pay for your Dining Plan then the calculations and comparisons don't matter at all. Free food is awesome. Disney does Free Dining promotions periodically.

Here's the history of when they've been announced and for what dates they were valid. You'll notice that Free Dining is usually a fall promotion.

Free Dining Stay DatesBooking Period
8/23-10/1/16, 11/15-11/21/16, 11/26-11/28/16, and 12/10-12/21/164/25/2016 - 7/8/2016
8/28/2015-12/21/2015*4/27/2015 - 7/10/2015
8/31/2014 - 12/23/20145/7/2014 - 8/8/2014
9/29/2013 - 12/22/20138/1/2013 - 9/15/2013
9/2/2013 - 9/25/20135/9/2013 - 7/31/2013
9/30/2012 - 12/13/20127/12/2012 - 9/29/2012
8/25/2012 - 9/29/20123/5/2012 - 5/18/2012
1/8/2012 - 3/31/20128/3/2011 - 10/29/11
and 10/27/2011 - 12/17/2011
10/2/2011 - 12/17/20118/3/2011 - 10/29/2011
8/28/2011 - 9/24/20115/2/2011 - 8/27/2011
8/19/2011 - 9/29/20118/16/2010 - 12/20/2010
5/27/2011 - 6/2/20118/16/2010 - 12/20/2010
1/1/2011 - 3/3/20118/16/2010 - 12/20/2010
10/1/2010-12/21/20108/16/2010 - 12/20/2010
8/15/2010 -12/21/20107/6/2010 - 8/14/2010
8/15/2010 - 10/2/20105/3/2010 - 8/14/2010
9/27/2009 - 12/17/20097/27/2009 - 9/26/2009
8/16/2009 - 10/3/20093/30/2009 - 6/21/2009
and 6/10/09 - 7/26/09
*Blackout dates included 10/3/2015-10/24/2015, 11/1/2015-11/7/2015 and 11/20/2015-12/14/2015

When you book Free Dining, the level of your dining plan will be determined by which level of resort you have booked.

  • If you book a Value Resort, you will get the Quick Service Dining Plan for free. You can upgrade to the Regular Dining Plan for $19/adult and $3.49/child per night, and you can upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan for $68.89/adult and $15.09/child per night.
  • If you book any other level of resort, you will get the regular Dining Plan for free. You can upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan for about $49.89/adult and $11.60/child per night.

Note: as long as you arrive by the last day of the promotion, you can enjoy Free Dining during your whole stay.

Free Dining strategies

Free Dining is by far the most popular promotion that Disney does, which means it can be very competitive to try to be one of the people who gets to take advantage of it after it's released.

Here are my tips for helping you maximize Free Dining:

  • Plan your trip during the time that Free Dining has historically been offered. The blackout dates have increased a lot over the years, narrowing the time frame that it's available.
  • If you plan to travel in early fall, go ahead and book your room and make all of your dining reservations before Free Dining is announced. That will make sure you get reservations, because the restaurants fill up quickly after the Free Dining announcement is made.
  • Since the phone lines are jammed for hours or days after Free Dining is released, I'd suggest modifying existing reservations online or making a whole new package reservation online.
  • Stay at a moderate resort to get the best bang-for-the-buck since you get the Regular Dining Plan by staying there but with lower-priced rooms than if you stay at a Deluxe Resort. You might also consider staying at a Value Resort and upgrading the dining plan, but you'll have to do the math to see which one makes more sense for you.
  • You should consider waiting until after package/room discounts have been released for your trip dates to add Memory Maker because modifying an existing resort reservation to use a promotion is much more difficult when you have Memory Maker than modifying one without it.

Disney Dining Plan vs. paying out of pocket

People have different ways of looking at using a dining plan. For some (like me), it's about having a vacation that is stress-free where we aren't worrying about money. For others, it's purely a financial decision.

Create a list of what meals would cost you if you were paying out of pocket. Then see what the same meals cost if you have the DDP. Be sure to add 18% gratuity to the cost (so if your strategy is to order the most expensive entree while using the Disney Dining Plan, remember that it increases your tip as well).

Many people get caught up in thinking that Free Dining is better than any other promotion but that's not necessarily true. For instance, there is often a discount code for 30% off room rates running at the same time as the Free Dining promotion. Depending on the hotel and dining package, 30% could work out to be a much better deal.

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Renee Kikta

I’ve book my hotel and park tickets for a time that I hope free dining is offered…should I also go ahead and book a dining plan? Also, is there a H&V breakfast that also includes Fantasmic?

Paige Siker

You don’t have to have it before the special is announced. Just have to add it then.

Jessica Strickland

I believe you do already need the dining plan on your reservation.
Value resort get free quick service dining plan
Moderate and deluxe get free Disney dining plan

Erin

Not this year! Moderates only get the quick service dining package (but can upgrade for a fee to the regular dining plan).

Michelle

Hi I am looking to book next August 2018 , have been offered free breakfast at the All stars, which is great. We have just been advised we can upgrade £24 a day each,too 2 quick meals snacks does anyone know,do we still get our breakfast free as well. If anyone can help me please,as want to book at the end of this week please.

abi

Hi Michelle,

You’re looking at the UK free dining deal, which is a little different to the one in this article.

“Free Breakfast” consists of one quick service credit each per day, but as far as I know there are no time restrictions on using it, so it could be you’re evening meal (I think!). By upgrading you would gain 1 extra quick service credit, 2 snack credits and a refillable resort mug for fizzy drinks.

If you have kids I would recommend ordering 1 adult meal between two, saving you a credit.

I personally wouldn’t upgrade, as I don’t think we wouldn’t use all of those credits, and £24pppd is quite a lot! You know your family best, but it’s almost always cheaper to pay out of pocket, and that way you can eat at table service restaurants without feeling guilty for not using the credit you’ve paid for. (You can use them on another day obviously).

Hope that helps,
Abi

Tim

We have the Vacation Club and book through that. And we usually get tickets through our work discount Tickets at Work. Does this still allow for the free dining promotion? I didn’t see it addressed in the article.

Christina

Hi I booked 8/5 & 6 @ music can I still get free dining?

clara Lora

what are the dates for 2018? We’re planning on going on January and staying in Grand Floridian

Michelle

Hi got a first time trip planned for November 30-December 13.
If we stay at the Pop hotel we will only get free dining from December 8-13 because that is when the blackout dates are done for that week.
any tips on making the most of it during the free dining?
Thinking of upgrading for the free days but just getting the quick service for the first week. Any information would be great!
Thanks

Aimee Feste

Does anyone know if you can trade 2 quick service meals for one table meal? thanks

Jennifer

Does anyone know if you can use tickets previously purchased from Disney and get free dining? I was thinking they could be “re-packaged” so we could get free dining, but I was told I need to buy new tickets.

Cassie

It’s out! We managed to snag it for a 2 adult room at All Star Music (we’re doing a budget girls reunion trip), but had to make some rearangements. I had a reservation made for our room and tickets from September 13-19, but ended up cancelling that trip and making the Free Dining trip from the 14-19 and using the Enchanted Room rate for a room only reservation on the 13th since our original trip was unavailable. It was quick and easy to upgrade to the regular Disney Dining Plan from the Quick Service. The phone lines are jammed, I couldn’t even get to a hold music line so try your best to make the reservations online if you can!

Is it true that desserts have been removed from disney dining lunch? Also, at table service restaurants how many credits/meals is a large pizza (example tony’s town square)? Just wondering if a family of four can order 2 pizzas and use 2 meals instead of 4 meals.

Jessica Glickman

I believe that when sharing meals such as a pizza they still deduct the number of people sharing, not just the number of pizzas. 2 Pizzas between 4 people would still cost 4 table service credits. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

MARCELE GUEDES

Hi. First of all your site is amazing and has been very helpful. Second, I would like to know if only by booking the room I am eligible for the free dining when it comes out or do I need to buy the package? Also, how do I buy only the tickets I need and not for all the days I am staying.

Cassie

The Free Dining deal is for room and parkhopper ticket packages. A minimum of a 2 day parkhopper pass must be purchased to get the deal, but other than that you can choose how many days you want and choose which days to use them.

Chris

There was a Free Dining plan in some Spring dates earlier this year for non-US residents, with both value and moderate resorts being related to the quick service plan. Does someone know what plan will be provided for moderate resorts on 2017 Fall’s free Dining plan promotion ? Table or quick service?

Cassie

For the fall Free Dining promotion they did assign the moderate resorts to the Quick Service plans, so you’d need to upgrade (about $20/person/night) to the table service if you wanted that option (we did it, since we wanted a lot of character dining).

Laura

What about memory maker makes it more difficult? I have a reservation booked in December with Memory Maker and Dining Plan and plan to call to ask for free dining promotion when/if it become available. Should I try to remove Memory Maker for now?

Tanya

Does anyone happen to know why they discontinued the premium dining plan?

Jessica Strickland

Hi there, we are military and I currently have a trip booked for 12/10-12/17/2017. We are staying at Coronado Springs and we have the Disney dining plan. We are getting the military discount on our room(35%). My question is if when the free dining comes out and if it’s during my dates can I drop the military discount on my room and utilize free dining instead? It would be a bigger savings. We usually get our tickets through shades of green. This may be a stretch I just thought I’d ask!

Paige Siker

Yes, if you call and the room you are in is eligible for free dining, you should be able to adjust. I would go ahead and try to get your tickets on base ahead of time and not wait until you get there because you will not be able to book fastpasses if you haven’t bought the tickets. If you purchase them on base and at least have a confirmation number, you should be able to book them 60 days out.

Melissa

Why is it more difficult to add the free dining if you’ve already booked a resort with memory maker?

Pam

Wondering how it works if I book my dining now, planning on going during free disney dining and then making sure I get the room booked right away, how you you link them?

lee b.

If I stay at a Disney resort in Downtown Disney, would I qualify for free dining? Or would I have to stay at one of the main resorts?

sharla johnson

If we have free dining but still need to pay oop for a few meals what would be the best way to do this? Pay oop for the 2 credit meals or pay for the lowest costing meal?

Chelsea

We booked back in December with the offer of four nights free and 25% off park tickets. Can we add free Dining when it’s announced or not as we’ve already used a promotion?

Sarah

You can only have one discount offer, but do the math and see which one is better, but don’t get rid of your current discount unless you can for sure get free dining.

Robert

You made some very valid and important points Shannon. I agree pretty much totally an all you say. My wife and I have vacationed at WDW five times. We’re planning another in 2018. The most valid point you make is that NOTHING is for free. Traveling from the UK makes things a little more complicated. In the fact that we have to think about the exchange rate as well. The first time we came over we used and paid for the Disney Dining Plan. That being said we had very little knowledge of the prices in Fl. Plus also we had a great exchange rate in our favour. We were getting two dollars to the pound. However, after the financial/bank crash of 2008 it dropped to around $1.55 to the £1. We opted to pay cash or with a prepaid visa card. Rather than the dining plan. We kept our food receipts and worked out we would have paid less. The last time we were in FL was 2016 and we had a free breakfast with the booking. Now that the dollar has got stronger and the pound has got weaker. The exchange rate is $1.25 to the pound, or there abouts. So I’m finding that something like a free breakfast would make a big difference. We also have a unique offer made only in the UK as far as I know. We can buy our two weeks park tickets in advance. There seems to be a permanent concession with that as well. Every time we have gone we can have two weeks for the price of one week. Once again Disney have shown just how good they are at marketing themselves.

Luz

I am planning a trip to WDW for Dic. 8-15 2017 and started considering the DDP mostly because it seems like a way to travel with less hassle in terms of handling money. However, I came across this promotion and have a few questions. I know my check in date is not within the days of the offer in past years, but I wouldn’t mind changing my dates for the 10th of December if need be. The question is, if I book a reservation now for the 8th and let’s say the offer comes out for December 10-20 2017, will I be eligible for the offer if I change the dates after the announcement? Do I only have to modify my reservation or should I cancel and create a new one? Should I include a -paid- DDP already in my original reservation?

Thank you so much!

Kristen

We’ve already reserved rooms at 2 resorts using DVC point rentals and purchased discount park hopper tickets (not directly from Disney). Is there any way we can take advantage of the Free Dining promotion when it is offered? I’m not quite understanding what exactly has to be purchased together for the promo. Thanks!

Lauren

So, I’d like to make sure I understand correctly. If I book our trip BEFORE the free dining promotion is announced, i’ll be able to add it after the fact? I was worried that if I booked now, I wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the deal when it was announced next month.

Nicholas Abu-Janb

You will still be able to add it when it becomes available if there are still spots available at your hotel. Having the hotel booked in advance doesn’t give you a secured spot for free dining, you’ll still be competing with everyone else once the promotion is released, but booking now in no way prevents you from taking advantage of the promotion:)

Julie Harms

We are planning to go in Sept 2017 and someone had told me that if you are a disney visa card member you can take advantage of free dining a day or two earlier than the rest of the world. Do you know if that is true?

Kayla

Yes that is true. We have done it several times now.

Leia Turner

So does Disney Visa notify you? How will we know when the promotion is released?
We currently have reservations at the Bay Lake Contemporary in September. I have park tickets, DDP & Memory maker on the reservation. Do I need to change anything? EEEeeek!! This is our first trip to Disney, and I’m getting so excited/overwhelmed!! I think I’m becoming a Disney-addict!

Amanda

I would like to know as well how you get alerted if you’re a Disney Visa cardholder. This is my first time and I feel like I’m going to miss the boat on the free dining!

jessica

Hey
I plan on taking my family in the fall so the dinning plan sounds great. My question is when and how so I know when the dates are up for that so I can change my reservation? is there a email list to get on or do I have to keep checking the website daily?

Allison DeYoung

You pretty much just have to check regularly. Keep in mind the promotion often comes out in April or May, so you don’t need to get on top of this just yet.

Your other option is to use a travel agent. Contact a reputable travel planner specializing in Disney destinations about your trip and tell him/her you’re interested in free dining. Then you agent will do the work for you!

Michelle

We are about to book November 26 at Port Orleans Riverside for 10 days in hopes they may offer the dates again after Thanksgiving. Any opinions on the downside of doing this? I believe we can edit our reservation to another hotel, dates, etc. We would really like to stay at POR but our priority is free dining…to the point we are fine staying at the POP and upgrading to the table service plan. Would love thoughts of others who booked dates prior to announcement. I totally know it is a risk but doesn’t feel risky since we can change it when dates announced. Thanks!

Nicholas Abu-Janb

I know for last year, the free dining promotion was only available at Port Orleans Riverside for The end of August and the beginning of September, but if you are okay with modifying the resort you’re staying at, then you should be good:)

Kate

Does the free dining apply if youre an Annual Pass Holder?

Megan

The dining plan is part of a package deal and requires that you purchase park tickets as well – so it probably would not be worth it, unless you were able to apply the price paid for your tickets to AP renewals come time.

Sarah

Is it best to book something now, even though we don’t know the free dining dates? Once the dates are released, can we change our dates? and if we book something, and then free dining happens to be during our trip, will Disney adjust our price? Thanks!

Daniela Garcia

I have a vacation booked for Sept 2017 at the carribean beach resort for 5 people. Is free dining at this resoort ony offered at upgrated rooms. The pirate rooms at the carribean beach resort only sleep 4 people. Is it required for the reseravation to be at one of the pirate rooms? Also, do we need to add the park hopper or water park fun and mre tickets?

Courtney A

No you do not need to purchase any “special” rooms to get the dining plan. Caribbean Beach is considered a moderate resort, so if you are lucky enough to get the free dining plan, you’ll be getting the regular dining plan.

Also you DO NOT need to get park hoppers to enjoy the dining plan. I’ve been to Disney dozens of times with the meal plan and have never once had park hoppers or water fun and more, but the dining plan will certainly be available if you choose to get the park hoppers or water fun packages.

Tom Parks

No you don’t need to be in the pirate rooms to get the free Dining Plan. You do need to have the park hopper tickets.

DoraM

We have sites at Fort Wilderness are there any discounted dining plans with campsites

Nicholas Abu-Janb

The campsites normally aren’t included for the free dining promotion.

Laura

We’re booked for dec 5-12 2017. It’s looking like historically free dinning starts on the 10th. Would we be eligible for free dinning the whole trip or just the last 2 days? I am willing to move the dates so we are eligible. Only other question is are the parks typically more busier during free dinning? TIA 🙂

Nicholas Abu-Janb

I was there last summer and I received a bounce back offer and the first date I could book was December 8th, 2017. The first week of December was blocked off. I have no idea if the regular free dining promotion will be the same.

Tom Parks

The date of you check in and needs to fall between the free dinning dates. So if this year is the same as last year. You would not be able to get free dinning even for the last 2 days of your stay. Because you would need to check out then check back in under a new reservation on the 10th and you would have to stay a minimum amount of days with park hopper tickets. It’s probably best to move your dates.

Tiffany

Hi there, I was wondering if I could upgrade my Disiney dining plan upon arrival. I have an existing ” magic your way” package already booked. So can I upgrade my current dining plan? If anyone knows I would appreciate the feedback! Thanks!!

Damian

Normally Disney require that you modify your DDP at least 48 hours before check-in

Amy

I just called about the fee dining..
I was told you have to have a discount code to get the free dining. I booked my vacation before the deadline .

Does anyone have the offer details from the Disney web page . Since the offer is over.

Denise Galeener

So any ideas yet when free dinning will be announced? Makes planning easier if we knew.

Jp Therrien

Should be announced at the end of April

Brandon

If I am booking my vacation online, when the Free Dining Plan is announced, Will it reflect on the screen that asks if we want to add a dining plan?
Or is this something where we’ll have to call to have it added?

Ted Scarpino

I’m an annual pass member, with two boys. We go every month for a few days. How can I get free food?

Stephanie Minor

If we end up opting for the 30% room discount (assuming the free dining plan isn’t available during our stay), can we get an adjustment if we have already made reservations? I’m hesitant to wait until the promotion is announced/goes into effect to make my reservations.

Brianne

“Note: as long as you arrive by the last day of the promotion, you can enjoy Free Dining during your whole stay.”

Question about this. I was looking at maybe doing a trip next year, probably about Dec 3rd – 12th. Up to December 10th is a blackout date… but if I’m still there until the 12th when the free dining plan is available, would that still count for my whole trip? If so, awesome!

Brianne

Good to know! Thank you!

Marie

We are a party of 5. 4 adults one 9yr.
Can we make individual reservations for dining? Seems like we can’t. We tried to book a restaurant for 1 guest and when tried to add another reservation for others in the party it will bring up the one already booked and there’s no option to select which guest in our party or let others for the same time reserve else where. We are all under the same room reservation. How can we make individual reservations for the same hour for ppl in the same room reservation?

Tom

You will probably have to call Disney to do that. I couldn’t do it using the app or my laptop. The cast members who do that are usually very helpful.

Erika

Hi! Planning a trip for sept 2017. Is it true that the free dining promo isn’t available at port Orleans French quarter? I was thinking of staying there but will book at p.o. Riverside instead if it increases my chances of obtaining the free dining promo. Any advice you can give on this would be greatly appreciated. This will be my 1 st trip to Disney.

Erika

???? Does anyone have any advice for me?

Karen

French Quarter never has discounts, my guess is mainly because of it’s small size. We got a 25% off rack rates only because we took advantage of the bounce back offer the day we checked out.

Robert

I looked into this as well, most or FQ is not available, riverside is very few. I decided on Caribbean Beach as my pick as it gives you much better odds with a comparable resort.

Marissa Heckel

This is the first time I have heard of “free dining”. My family of three is planning a trip Christmas 2018 or maybe even 2017. If we wait one more year do the prices tend to drastically change? We will stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level. Would we qualify for this “free dining” or do they not even do it during Christmas? We were willing to pay $1500 for the deluxe plan but if free is achievable we’d rather save money for souvenirs and special attractions.

Emily

I just wanted to reply about the dining plan. We just returned from our family of 4 vacation at Disney. It was amazing!!! And we had the free dining. It was the dining plan with 1 CS 1 TS 1 snack and a refillable mug. It was soooooooooooo much food. And the table service meal took so long. I now know that I would never book 2 table service meals a day. You might consider not paying extra for the deluxe plan. The regular dining with one table service per day was great for us. Just my opinion! I cashed out 32 snack credits at the end because of how many meals I had left over.

Lisa in IL

What do you mean “cashed out”? I anticipate that we will have a lot of snack credits at the end too (we always have), and we always just end up buying a bunch of snacks for the drive home. Is that what you mean?

Cindy

Can you get the free dining if you are staying at the Wilderness Campground??

Maryann morris

If i book through a vacation club and they arw doing thw free di ing promotion. Will i get the free dining?

Michelle

Very helpful information! Thank you so much! We are looking to book a trip starting Dec 31st 2016 and staying for a week. The current promotions do not go out this far…..do you know when they usually announce January promotions?

Thank you!

Susan

We have found that it is a much more enjoyable experience at Disney to go during NON free dining times. During our one trip that included free dining we found the restaurants to be even more packed than usual and behind schedule, the servers to be hassled and the food choices not so great. I got really sick of short ribs and pudding which seemed to be on most menus. A discounted room rate seems a much better choice for us.

Penny Brennell

So is the best way to get Free Dining to make your Magic Your Way package without dining, make dinner reservations, and then modify your reservation to include Free Dining when its offered? I believe you can add the dining plan at any time before your reservation starts so if Free Dining isn’t offered, you can add it later anyway. I’m going in September 2017 during the typical free dining period but don’t want to wait until its offered to make dining reservations.

Patti Hayden

Awesome site and info is invaluable. We are planning an early March 2017 vacation at WDW and are staying at one of the Deluxe properties. We’ve looked over the DDP but think for us, we would be better off not taking it and hoping for a room promo discount instead. It looks like historically the Free DDP offers are somewhere around Aug-Oct for Jan-March dates. Do discounts for lodging hit at about the same time?

Also you mention not to add memory maker now. Why are reservations difficult to manage with memory maker if you are adding discounts etc Should we ask our travel agent to remove it for now?

LEIGH

They likely won’t offer free dining. They haven’t offered it for that time of year since 2012. If you’re hoping to get a room only discount, though, they should be releasing details for March discounts some time in October.

Karrie Larsen

Hi! Planning a trip in September 2017… hoping for free dining. Plan to stay at Coronado. IF free dining is offered, do you have to upgrade to a preferred room at the moderates to take advantage of the free dining? Thanks!

Shari

Hi we just stayed at Coronado Springs a few weeks ago and it was beautiful. I booked everything in advance including dining reservations and when I heard when they were announcing free dining I was on the phone dialing at 7AM and had it added to my plan no problem. We did not have to upgrade rooms or make any changes. Thinking of going back next year. It was so worth it and you get so much food we sometimes couldn’t finish and everything was delicious. Enjoyed every minute. Truly was a dream vacation.

Dalia Hoover

Can you get a meal plan if you stay off site?

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