I have no secret, insider information and while I do think there is a very good chance we’ll see a Disney World free dining promotion for this fall, for the first time, I am not sure how much longer it will be offered. Here are my thoughts - construction walls in the parks and worries about hurricanes or the economy will impact the number of bookings at Disney World and these are all good reasons to think Disney will roll out a proven performer like free dining to keep people coming through the gates this fall. Here's the thing, they have released a modified "Free Meal" offer that includes only one quick-service meal per guest, per night for guests staying at a value resort the past couple of summers. This is actually a really great deal compared to typical summer offers but I can't help but wonder if Disney is testing the response to this promotion as a potential way of phasing out full free dining promotions once they start opening those new Star Wars, and Toy Story lands they're building. Those new lands are very ambitious projects that are sure to drive big numbers of guests to the parks. Couple that with the fact that, in 2017, the changed the Free Dining Promotion so that only Deluxe resorts received the Disney Dining Plan that includes a table-service meal per night of stay, now both moderate resorts and value resorts only receive the quick-service dining plan for free and have to pay the difference between the quick-service and standard plans. Disney may be hoping that they won't need to feed us for free to get us to come, even during hurricane season.
Wouldn't it be great if I am wrong? People have been predicting the demise of Free Dining for years and Disney continued to offer it; perhaps they will continue to do so for years to come. I hope so!
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