May 012013

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket


Q.  What are the possibilities/probabilities that WDW will offer a free dining special later on this summer?  I’ve gone to WDW the last 2 summers with my twin daughters using this special and definitely want to go again! (Submitted by Matt D.)

A.  We get this question A LOT, so I wanted to give you all an answer.

The plain and simple truth is we never know when or even IF Disney is going to offer Free Dining ever.  Honestly, it depends on how well the resort is doing overall and if those “traditionally” slow times of the year need a little boost.

Previously, Disney had been offering quite a lot of discounts, especially Free Dining, because with the recession the way it had been, people just weren’t taking the trips down to Florida.  Disney had to entice people down to the parks.

Now, with the economy slowly but surely turning around (sort of) and the success of New Fantasyland, the parks are a lot fuller than they have been in a very long time.  Meaning, while we would all like to see Free Dining offered a lot of times during the year, I personally just don’t see it happening.  I’m not even sure if it will happen this year for the traditional August/September time period, because the special usually became available in April and here we are in May now and it hasn’t been officially announced yet.  Of course, there are legitimate rumors floating around that we MAY still see it this Fall, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet.

The great thing about booking with a travel agent, like The Magic For Less though, is that IF by chance an offer is put out there during the time you are visiting the resort, they will take care of it for you!  That’s right.  All you have to do is sit there and wait to get the notification that you are saving money!  (And trust me, that email is one of their favorite things to send!)

So, in a nutshell, as far as Free Dining, we just don’t know.  But there is always a possibility.  The ball is in Disney’s court.

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  One Response to “What are the possibilities that Disney will offer a free dining special?”

  1. Matt,
    I have gone every year since 2007 and sometimes twice a year on the free dining plan. I am using it again Sept 22 to 28, 2013. Once suggestion I have if you schedule another trip is to schedule your future free dining plan visit before you leave disney. It is called a bounce back (flyer in your resort room) For a refundable $200 deposit you can lock in your next trip. I have both used and canceled the new trip as well as change the dates and people joining me. Have fun!


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