Sunday, April 23, 2017

Confirmed: Free Dining Returns With Some Interesting Changes

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Free Dining Returns With Some Interesting Changes 
by: guide4wdw - Collin

Over the years, Disney has offered a "free dining" promotion for select dates throughout the calendar year. For quite some time, the promotion was used to fill unsold rooms and promote vacations in times of the year that were notoriously less popular for guest vacations. 

(Whispering Canyon - Disney's Wilderness Lodge)  

In more recent years the offering has become less and less prevalent as a result of altered dates and increased theme park attendance. However, this may not be a bad thing for guests looking to book a vacation. From personal experience, many guests seeking reservations are able to secure better overall pricing when room rate percentage discounts are offered rather than the free dining promotion. 

This year in particular, a few changes have been made that make the percentage offers much more attractive, especially for those working with a very limited budget. 

The current offer, beginning booking Monday, April 24th, will include free dining on the regular Disney Dining Plan for guests staying at only the deluxe resorts. Those staying at moderate resort will only receive free dining in the form of the quick service dining plan. The two plans, which both feature plenty of food for the entire family differ drastically in guest experiences. On the quick service plans, guests will no longer receive a table service meal and, as the name implies, will replace that meal with an additional quick service offering.

These details will be updated if changes are made to the offer when officially released tomorrow morning (once again, Disney could delay this release).   

Here's a look at this year's dates and resorts for "free" dining (straight from Disney): 

Get a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way room and ticket package with a Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option.

Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels
FREE Disney Dining Plan
Valid for arrivals most nights:
8/21-9/30, 11/14-11/20, 11/25-11/27, 12/8-12/23/17
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels
FREE Disney Dining Plan
Valid for arrivals most nights:
8/21-9/30, 11/14-11/20, 11/25-11/27, 12/8-12/23/17
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels
FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
Valid for arrivals most nights:
8/21-9/30, 11/14-11/20, 11/25-11/27, 12/8-12/23/17
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Valid for arrivals most nights: 8/21/17 – 9/30/17)

Select Disney Value Resort Hotels
FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
Valid for arrivals most nights:
8/21-9/30, 11/14-11/20, 11/25-11/27, 12/8-12/23/17
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites only
Disney’s Pop Century Resort


As usual, these offers will go quickly and are likely to be limited in availability. Fortunately, if you do miss out on this offer, Disney has some great percentage based discounts out currently that may even work out to be a better deal for your vacation opportunity!

(Source: Disney)



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