Summer Disney World Free Dining Promotion
Disney surprised everyone by offering the 2019 Free Dining Promotion early this year; the offer expired on February 10, 2019. We don’t know if they will released any other offers but we will be happy to send an email alert to you if they do. Just use the the form below and select “Disney Free Dining Promotions” which is the last option. We won’t contact you for anything other than Disney free dining promotions. You can sign up for our newsletter or any other of our lists at the same time.
How Past Disney World Free Dining Promotions Worked
Summer Meal Deal at Disney World Value Resorts
In the past, Disney announced to different promotions. In late December or early January, they have released a limited dining offer for Disney World value resorts only where guests who meet the minimum stay and ticket requirements at the qualifying Disney World value resort hotels received one free quick-service meal per person, per night of stay. While this doesn’t seem that impressive at first glance, it actually provided a value that was equal to a pretty significant percentage of the nightly hotel cost and was really a better deal than the alternative room rate discount which is often only 10% or 15% of the cost of the hotel. Guests could apply the assigned value of the free plan towards the cost of one of the other Disney Dining Plans. Disney World Moderate and Deluxe resorts were excluded from this promotion.
Traditional Fall Disney World Free Dining Promotion
In late April or early May, Disney has traditionally released a Free Dining Promotion for select dates beginning late August through late September though they surprised everyone by releasing the 2019 offer on January 2, 2019. October is typically excluded from the promotion and very limited qualifying arrival dates are sometimes offered in November and December. With the announced August 29, 2019 opening of the new Star Wars area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we suspect that Disney may not offer free dining at all for November and December 2019 but this is just a guess and we really won’t know anything for sure until an official announcement is made.
If you’re fairly certain that you will be visiting Disney World, we recommend that you book as soon as you know your dates rather than waiting for a promotion. This is the only way to lock in availability. Your existing reservation can be modified to include the best available qualifying promotion when one is offered and our agents will let you know if your reservation does not qualify and offer alternative options for your consideration.
Deluxe Resorts - Guests who booked a qualifying vacation package at a Disney World deluxe resort received the Standard / Plus Dining Plan at no extra cost. This dining plan included 1 counter-service meal credit, 1 table-service meal credit, and 2 snack credits per person, per night of stay. Receiving this dining plan free of charge saved a family of four about $202 to $301 (depending on the ages of the children) per night of stay, based on the regular cost of this dining plan. You could upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan by just paying the difference between the standard and the deluxe plans. Contact us for details.
Value Resorts & Moderate Resorts - Guests who booked a qualifying vacation package at a Disney World Value or Moderate Resort received the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan at no extra cost. The quick-service plan provides two quick/counter-service meals + 2 snacks per person, per night of stay. Receiving this plan at no extra cost saves a family of four about $148 to $208 per night of stay, depending on the ages of the children. You caould upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plans by paying the difference between the quick service dining plan and your preferred dining plan. Disney's All-Star Movies Resort was excluded from this offer. The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are generally excluded from this promotion but the family suites are included.
Minimum Requirements: You needed to purchase a package that includes at least four (4) Consecutive nights stay at a Disney Resort + at least 4-Day Disney Magic Your Way theme park tickets that include either the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus (Water Park) options. Maximum stay: 14 days.
Other Details: We can generally put a 3-day courtesy hold on a package for you, after that you must pay a $200 deposit to hold the reservation and the balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. The deposit is completely refundable up to 30 days prior to arrival so there is no risk at this time. If you think you want to take advantage of Free Dining, book a room and then cancel later, if necessary.
Exclusions: Fort Wilderness campsites, Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies, all 3-bedroom villas, all rooms and villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Villas at Bay Lake Tower, all rooms and villas at Disney's Wilderness Resort, all rooms and villas at Disney's Polynesian Resort, and Little Mermaid rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are typically excluded from this offer. The Cabins at the Fort Wilderness campground and Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation are generally included in the promotion. Not every room category is included in the offer for every date.
Existing reservations falling within promotion days can often be altered (subject to availability) to reflect the free dining promotion after it is released. We do this automatically for our clients but you may have to call and ask to have the discount applied – it will not happen automatically - if you book with someone else. If you do not have us book this for you, be sure to tell the booking agent that you want the free dining promotion when it is released; they do not automatically apply promotions to new or existing reservations – you must specifically ask for the discount.
Dining Reservations – Dining can be booked up to 180 days prior to your arrival. Book your dining reservations as soon as you are eligible. The free dining promotion has a serious impact on the number of available dining reservations and some restaurants will fully book very early. Remember that we book dining reservations on your behalf (subject to availability) when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip.
Benefits to non-U.S. residents: Because we are a U.S. based travel agency, we can book promotions on behalf of international clients and you'll still qualify for free dining even if it isn't being offered in your country. U.S. packages and tickets may be different than those offered internationally so be sure you understand what your package includes.
Even More Free Things: In addition to the free dining promotions, you can receive vacation planning help at no additional cost when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip. We provide:
“Best Days” itinerary to put you in the best park for each day of your trip,
Help with dining reservations (subject to availability
Free theme park touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.
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