Disney World Free Dining for Fall 2012, Visa Cardholders Only

UPDATE: Disney World Free Dining Packages have been released for October-December 2012. Details here!

Finally, we’re making some headway on a question that’s been hanging out there for months!

Disney has announced FREE dining for Disney Reward Visa Card holders for dates in August and September 2012.

DATES AVAILABLE: August 25-September 29, 2012
MUST BE BOOKED BY: May 18th, 2012.

As with the past free dining offers, guests staying at Disney VALUE resorts will receive the Disney Magic Your Way Quick-Service Dining Plan, but can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.

Guests staying at Disney MODERATE, DELUXE, or VILLA resorts will receive the Disney Magic Your Way Plus Dining Plan (the standard dining plan), but can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night. Most, but not all, Disney resort rooms are included; availability is limited.

— Guests must book by May 18th, 2012.
— Guests must check in no earlier than August 25th, 2012 to get the offer
— Guests must book a minimum of 3 nights and a maximum of 14 nights
— Guests must purchase a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket for each person in the room
— Guests must use their Disney Visa Rewards Card to purchase (while you don’t have to pay the whole reservation off at time of booking, there is a minimum deposit that must be paid)

We have word that this offer will be available to the general public on March 5th, 2012.


  1. Lisa K says

    Thanks for the info! I’m hoping they do the same thing for December dates…as my family is traveling there in early December! YAY!

  2. says

    Won’t help me this year but that is ok as we will be there TOMORROW! WHOOOO!

    @4parks1blog will be tweeting pictures all week including a bunch of great meals and snacks Disney Food Blog has convinced me to fit into my week!

    That is a lot of exclaimation points!

  3. says

    But what does that mean foe DVC members? When will we get a “special offer” I think we’re more than loyal enough to deserve it ;)

  4. says

    Lisa — We’ll keep you updated on any extensions!

    Mark D. — Woo!! So excited for you!

    Kristina — Not sure, Kristina!

    Marcos — You bet!

  5. Joe Giumentaro says

    Thanks to the DFB for posting the news.
    I didn’t receive an e-mail from Disney Rewards until very late in the day. Oddly, even though I had already booked through 9/29, the e-mail I received stated the dates as 8/25 thru 9/27; obviously ending just prior to the Food & Wine Festival.

  6. Alan says

    The expansion of the dining plan has freshened up using it. Over our last few visits we seem to keep eating the same meals over and over. We’ve missed some old favorite restaurants that will now be back in the rotation on our next visit. Good work Disney folks!

  7. says

    Jessica — Yeah!!!

    Joe — Thanks for the heads up! I’ll check out the date discrepancy.

    Alan — Glad to hear it! What restaurants are back on the docket??

    Renee — Looks like July is when it’s been announced previously. No guarantees, of course. ;-)

  8. Aydin says

    I wonder what this means for Canadian guests. The free dining promotion has been very popular up here too, but the Disney Visa card is not available to Canadians.
    The easy fix would be to make an exception for international guests. The more exciting fix would be to create a Disney Visa card for Canadian bankers, say with RBC or TD!

  9. says

    My family and I are just watching the announcements daily, waiting on some November/December extension dates. I’m holding out faith that it will happen, because if and when it does, we can officially start planning our trip. If it doesn’t…may not get to go this year… :-/

  10. ROE says

    So many companies and other theme parks give discounts to AARP members.
    Will The Disney Company do the same? A lot of “seniors” love attending WDW and cannot participate in many things, thus paying for something they cannot do.

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