Free dining. It is one of the most popular discounts that Walt Disney World offers. Here’s what you need to know about the offer for 2016.
Free Dining is an option when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper Option or Water Park Fun & More Option. This package is available for arrivals most nights August 23 through October 1, 2016, November 15-21, November 26-28 and December 10-21, 2016. Guests must book by July 8, 2016 to be able to take advantage of this offer.
For those who are staying at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you will get the standard Disney Dining Plan. For those staying at a select Disney Value Resort, you will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan. Of course, there are various stipulations on which rooms are available. Guests must stay a minimum of 3 nights with a maximum of 14 nights.
With all the details of what to expect out of the way, let me share with you a great tip for experiencing Free Dining and celebrating the holidays. If you will visiting Walt Disney World during Thanksgiving or Christmas, as long as you check in on one of the dates that is valid for the Free Dining offer, you will be able to enjoy Free Dining throughout the duration of your vacation.
Let’s start with Thanksgiving. This year, Thanksgiving is on November 24. The last day to check into a room and still be able to receive Free Dining is November 21, which is the Monday of Thanksgiving week. If you will be staying at the Walt Disney World Resort for the remainder of that week, because you checked in on November 21, you will be able to take advantage of the Free Dining offer. Therefore you will be able to enjoy delicious food for free all while celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday!
Now let’s take a look at how you can enjoy a free Christmas dinner courtesy of Free Dining. The last date to check in and utilize Free Dining for your entire vacation is December 21, which is the Wednesday prior to Christmas. If you check in that date and stay through at least Christmas Day, you will receive the Free Dining promotion through the duration of your stay. This will then allow you to be able to enjoy both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals for free! What a great way to celebrate the holidays, knowing you can enjoy your meals and not have to worry about how you’re going to pay for them!
Do keep in mind that if you are looking to take advantage of Free Dining for the whole time, you must stay at one single resort. You cannot have a split stay, because as soon as you check out of your first resort, Free Dining ends.
If you’re wanting to know more about Free Dining and to request your no-obligation quote, make sure to contact The Magic For Less Travel.
What are your best tips for utilizing this very popular promotion? Share your suggestions in the comments!