Walt Disney World Castle Show

My kids just love Disney.  Ed and I love it too.  Our wallets… not so much!   After ten years of visiting Disney World annually, we’ve become experts at stretching our wallets.

Disney lodging is expensive.  Disney Dining is expensive.  The best you can hope for is that some extra pixie dust has been thrown your way, and possibly you have a pin code with a discount attached to your name (the best ones are 40% off deluxe properties!)

As great as those pins are, the best discount by far for our family has been DISNEY WORLD FREE DINING!  Basically, you purchase a vacation package for hotel and park tickets.  You pay rack rate for the Disney hotel, and you get the Disney dining plan, FOR FREE!  Our oldest is now 11, so according to Disney, she’s an adult… The Disney DIning Plan is $60.64 per night per adult, and children (ages 3-9) are $19.23 per night.  If we paid for the Disney Dining Plan, it would cost us $201.15 per NIGHT for our family.  Seven nights would cost us $804.60.  The Disney Dining Plan is a good value when you pay for it, but when it’s FREE… it’s an unbeatable value!  One night in a standard room at the Moderate class hotel- Disney’s Coronado Springs Hotel during September is about $175 per night.  So, as you can see it is still affordable, even though it’s rack rate.

I am VERY EXCITED to say that Disney has released its Disney World FREE DINING for not just the fall, but the winter too!  Check in dates are below.

How to get the Disney Dining Plan for FREE?

Get a free Disney dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at select Disney Resort hotels. This special offer can be booked through August 8, 2014.

Offer valid for arrivals most nights:

  • August 31 to October 3, 2014
  • October 26 to November 1, 2014
  • November 9 to November 20, 2014
  • December 12 to December 23, 2014

VALUE HOTELS – Guests get the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan free, which includes two quick-service meals, one snack per person, per night) – but you can pay the difference to upgrade to any dining plan offered.  To upgrade from Quick Service Dining Plan to Disney Dining Plan is $18.55 adult; $3.20 child per person, per night.  If you want to splurge and upgrade to the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan (way too much food in my opinion) it would be $62.95 adult; $13.48 per child (age 3-9), per night.

MODERATE/DELUXE HOTELS and DELUXE VILLAS – Guests receive the Disney Dining Plan free, which includes (one quick-service meal, one table-service meal and one snack per person, per night of your stay.  You can also choose to pay the difference to upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan which would be $44.30 per adult, per night and $10.28 per child, age 3-9, per night.

Since you have the option to upgrade your package to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan, I‘ll give you some quick info on what it includesthree table service OR quick service meals and two snacks per person per night.  To upgrade from Quick Service Dining Plan is $62.95 adult; $13.48 child per person, per night; to upgrade from Disney Dining Plan is $44.30 adult; $10.28 child, per person, per night.  MY THOUGHTS:  Unless you are going to combine table service credits and eat at the finer restaurants or dinner shows that require 2 table service credits for one meal, this is entirely too much food in my opinion!   My foodie friends disagree though!

So take those kiddies to Disney this year, and you adults will love the much needed meal breaks included in the Disney Dining Plan included for free.  With the savings you get, you may just have enough to upgrade to that annual pass like we did once.

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