Free Dining at Walt Disney World
Free Dining has been around it seems like forever. It's become one of the most popular Disney promotions ever.
For the last couple of years, the top discount Disney has been offering is the Disney Dining Plan for free as a inducement to get more people to come to WDW. It's been a huge success. The big question is, when will Free Dining Finally Die? (Dad's been trying to kill it off for years.)
What is it?
Free Dining is a discount Disney offers guest to get them to stay at the Disney Hotels. In fact it's one of the most popular discounts Disney has ever offered. Here's how it works. You book a package that includes a Disney Hotel (and probably tickets) and Disney gives you the Disney Dining Plan.
You get a different Dining Plan depending on the hotel you choose (Value Resorts typically get the Quick Service Plan while the other hotels get the regular plan).
Dad, why do you keep saying it's Dead?
Now Dad, I've been following you for a while, and I keep reading that you say Free Dining at Disney World is dead. Why do you keep pronouncing it dead?
Yes, for a long time, I've said that Free Dining at Walt Disney World is dead. I think I've said it 5 times or so (my track record on this one isn't real good). I even lost a bet that it wouldn't be coming back in 2013.
So why do I keep saying it's dead? Because a couple of years ago, Disney said they were going to start moving away from discounts. Then in the Fall of 2012 it was reduced and the Spring of 2013 it wasn't offered. To me that meant Free Dining was truly dead.
But I was wrong. In September 2013, it was offered for most of the month. Then again in the Fall of 2013, it was offered for limited dates. Dad did it again in 2014 and was wrong again.
So, Dad's changed his tune. Long live Free Dining!
Is it a good thing?
What? Of course it is, right?
Dad has a problem with the program. First, it gets people addicted to the Disney Dining Plan. In Dad's opinion, that's not a good thing. I've never been a fan of the Disney Dining Plan. Only about 25% of the people who buy the plan get their money out of it. Everyone else loses money. Or, I should say, Disney makes money on most everyone.
The other problem I have with Free Dining is it brings in lots of people to the parks. It takes normally slow times and makes the busy. That's a good thing for Disney but not so good for us crowd haters.
Good thing? For Disney it sure is.
How do I get it?
How do you get Free Dining? First you call on my friends over at Destinations to Travel and ask them if it's available. Then you sit back and let them take care of all the details of your trip. How cool is that? Get started today.
Dad's Bottom Line
Free Dining at Walt Disney World is a great promotion. It will save you tons of money on your trip. If you can get it, by all means do.