Free Dining Promotion

Disney World Free Dining 2016 - Computer Glitch Provides Possible Dates

A weird thing happened on the Disney Travel Agent Website recently....some dates were posted for this year's Disney World Free Dining Promotion and then were quickly taken down again.  Nothing is certain until it is officially announced but the qualifying arrival dates that were briefly posted for this year's Disney World Free Dining promotion were:

  • August 23 - October 1, 2016

  • November 15 - 21, 2016

  • November 26 - 28, 2016

  • December 10 - 21, 2016

Remember that your arrival date is the thing that determines promotion eligibility - if the dates above are correct, the person who arrives on December 21st will have free dining for the full duration of their trip, even though most of their vacation is outside of the promotion dates but the person who arrives on August 22nd will not qualify for free dining, even though most of their vacation would be within the qualifying dates.   In a case like that, we will often book a "room only" reservation for the arrival date and then have the package start the next day.  Other restrictions may apply - for example, certain resorts or room categories are sometimes excluded.

Again,  I need to stress that none of this is official yet but think a Disney World the promotion will be released very soon - probably on or near April 25th.  Once officially announced, competition will become fierce for reservations at popular restaurants as soon as it is released.  We'd love to help you avoid all that stress and disappointment by getting your reservations in place now.  We can book your Disney World vacation package now and book dining reservations for all arrivals through mid-October 2016.  Lots of other people are already doing the same thing and we're already having trouble getting reservations at certain restaurants.  Once the Free Dining Promotion is released, we'll immediately apply it to all of our clients' qualifying reservations; saving you the hassle and worry of watching for you.  You can cancel later so there's no good reason to wait! 

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Will Disney Keep Offering Free Dining?

Will Disney World continue to offer Free Dining Promotions?

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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Why You Should book your Disney World Vacation Before a Free Dining Promotion is Announced

When Disney World releases a free dining promotion, people book their trip and then they start booking their dining right away and popular locations like Chef Mickey, O'hana, Teppen Edo, and Be Our Guest fill to capacity almost immediately.  Free Dining is usually announced sometime between late March and early May for late August or early September arrivals.  Disney World dining reservations can be booked 180 days prior to arrival, which means that you can begin booking dining reservations into the typical Free Dining Promotion period in early March.   The easiest and most relaxed way for you to plan your vacation and get the restaurants you want is to let one of our agents get your trip booked now and we'll help you map out which park you'll visit on each day of your vacation, then we'll book your dining reservations on your behalf as soon as your 180 day reservation window opens.  Your top choices will be secured for you before the free dining frenzy begins and then your agent will apply the free dining promotion to your existing reservation just as soon as the promotion is released, subject to Disney terms and conditions.  Your agent will let you know right away if any modifications need to be made to participate.  You don't have to keep watching for a promotion release because we're taking care of that for you.   The deposit is only $200 and is completely refundable up to 30-days prior to arrival so there is absolutely no risk - you can cancel for a full refund if free dining is not offered or your plans change.   Booking your trip now is like getting all the "Black Friday" deals and getting to sleep in on the day after Thanksgiving!

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