Free Dining

Ask A Travel Agent: What Happens When Free Dining Is Released?

by on July 17, 2017

We are truly lucky to get know some fantastic travel agents through our work here at TouringPlans. When the latest Disney Free Dining promotion was released, we heard stories from many of our friends in the industry about how busy Disney’s reservation systems were that day. That got us thinking: what’s it really like for a travel agent on the day a big promotion is released. Here’s one anonymous agent’s story:

Free Dining.

Two simple, innocuous little words that put together have created a cult-like response in the Disney community. Over the years, they’ve also created a bit of a sense of dread in the hearts of Disney-focused travel agents. Allow me to share with you what free dining is really like for a TA.

Years ago, free dining was a different beast. From the first release in 2005, popularity grew and grew, and as it grew the scope of requirements increased (like minimum ticket requirements), availability decreased (more date and resort blackouts), but guests were as starved as ever for this promotion. It was becoming somewhat of a holy grail, a unicorn if you will, for Disney vacationers. And TAs became Unicorn Hunters. And a vicious hunt it has become.

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Disney World Free Dining For Fall 2017

by on April 24, 2017

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo from Small World Vacations for the heads up. We have dates for the Disney Free Dining 2017.

Book: April 24 to July 7

Travel: August 21 (edit 1:30pm – August 13 for Disney Visa holders) to September 30, November 14 to 20, November 25-27, December 8 to 23

Details: Value and Moderate – Free Quick Service Plan, Deluxe and Villas – Free Dining Plan

Package must include Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus tickets.

Disney says minimum 5 night/6 day stay, but says other discounts may be available for other trip lengths.

Exceptions:

  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom Villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Exception for November and December dates: Riverside

Book or rebook with your travel agent with the “Free Delicious Offer” or via Disney.com. For more on the dining plans and Free Dining, read our summary.

Update 4/25/17: Guests can “upgrade” to the the regular dining plan when booking a Value or Moderate resort for $24.19 (approx)/adult/night. Less per child 9 and under.

Minimum length of park admission is 2 days. Everyone on your reservation must be on the same package.