News! 2016 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available!

Okay, Disney World Vacationers… IT’S HERE. Today brings the much-awaited news that Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer will be offered to guests for select dates in late August, September, October, November, and December 2016!

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Disney World Free Dining 2016 Travel Dates

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below. A minimum stay of 3 nights is required and your package may not be booked for longer than 14 nights.

August 23* – October 1, 2016
November 15  November 21, 2016
November 26 – November 28, 2016
December 10 – December 21, 2016

You must book by July 8th to get the offer.

*Canadian travelers and Disney Visa Cardholders can book dates from August 14 — see details here

(Please note that the offer excludes: Campsites, Bungalows at Polynesian Village, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, 3-bedroom Villas, Port Orleans French Quarter, and Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation. Port Orleans Riverside is only available through October 1st. )

Disney Resorts

If you stay at a Value Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)

If you reserve a Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Dining plan for FREE. (You can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night).

Minimum/Maximum Days

You must book a minimum stay of 3 nights/ maximum stay of 14 nights at a Disney-owned resort. You may also need to purchase AT LEAST a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Water Park Fun & More Option. Use this link to book!

Note — while Disney often uses the rhetoric “5-night, 6-day” in its promotional materials, that’s only sales language. You do NOT have to book 5 nights to have access to free dining!

Will Free Dining Save You Money?

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Since Disney World’s Free Dining offer generally can’t be combined with other discounts, it’s often difficult to determine whether or not your family will save more money with a Disney World hotel room discount or with the free dining offer.

We break down and compare the costs and options for several Disney World discounts, including the Free Dining offer, in our fully updated DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book to help you save the most money possible.

Along with over 530 pages of great Disney World dining advice, full color photos, and details, this book is a great deal.

Get your DFB Guide to WDW Dining here, and speaking of saving money — use code “20sale” to get 20% off today! With a full, money-back guarantee, there’s nothing to lose!

Are you excited for Free Dining? Please let us know with a comment!

RUMOR: 2016 Disney World Free Dining Offer MAY Open For Booking Monday, April 25th

Will the 2016 Disney World Free Dining Promotion be released this coming Monday, April 25th? According to Air Canada Vacations, it’s possible.

Are you hoping to dine in Beast's Castle for free??

Are you hoping to dine in Beast’s Castle for free??

The screenshot below was taken from the Air Canada website (it comes up after searching for Promotions under specific Resort searches), which lists the promotion as “valid for booking made between April 25, 2016 through August 31, 2016.” [Read more…]

News: 2017 Disney World Free Dining Offer for UK Residents; And Disney Dining Plan Changes for 2017

We have some VERY good news for our friends across the pond! The 2017 Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer is now available for United Kingdom Residents! When you book a selected Walt Disney World holiday, you’ll receive free dining for your family!!

We also have some interesting potential changes to the 2017 Disney Dining Plan — read on to find out!

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Disney World Free Dining Deal For UK Residents in 2017

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News: Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party Takes Over FastPass Viewing Area in the Magic Kingdom

Disney is expanding the elbow room for guests who are attending the Wishes Dessert Party in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The kicker? They’re using the area that, up to now, has been designated for viewing Wishes with a FastPass.

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular

Effective immediately, guests who take advantage of same-day booking for this premium event will move into the Main Street Plaza Gardens when the fireworks begin. Guests who booked their Wishes Dessert Party in advance can choose to remain in the Tomorrowland Terrace for fireworks viewing, or join the other guests in the Gardens. [Read more…]

CONFIRMED: Star Wars Themed Dinner Club Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We first mentioned this a while back in this post about some of the dining options that we can expect when Star Wars Land opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But while we had confirmation at that time of a Cantina, today, we can confirm that there will also be a Dinner Club!

Disney has released a brand new artist rendering, which further cements their plans to build an immersive table service experience in Star Wars Land.

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No details like name or what the menu might be —  we’re still operating with the name “Star Wars Dining Experience”. :-) But we think this is super exciting! After all, how many times did you wish you could jump into the screen and enjoy a dinner on another planet?? Me toooooo!!  [Read more…]

Review: Hard Root Beer Float at Epcot’s Fife & Drum Tavern

As the temperatures are rising in Central Florida, there have already been a few warm afternoons this year when a Root Beer Float seems like it would be just the thing to hit the spot.

If you feel the same way about this classic concoction, then you’re in luck, because you’ll find them around every Disney World park in spots like Magic Kingdom’s Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies, Animal Kingdom’s Trilo-Bites, and KRNR: The Rock Station in Hollywood Studios.

In several locations, you can substitute your preferred soda based on available flavors. For instance, I know plenty of people who like to go for a Coke Float, but I’ve always preferred Root Beer myself.

But while it’s true that we always think of this treat as being for kids, the Fife & Drum Tavern in Epcot’s American Adventure Pavilion is offering a Float made ONLY for grown-ups: the Hard Root Beer Float.

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Fife and Drum Tavern

It’s a classic root beer float featuring Not Your Father’s Hard Root Beer. [Read more…]

Review: Sweet Chili-Glazed Chicken Nuggets at Oasis Canteen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has really been changing things up on us lately!

Of course, we saw some of this coming with fair warning: we knew that several Counter Service spots would be closing in early April to make way for the construction of Star Wars and Toy Story Lands. So far, construction has most affected the former Streets of America section of the park, and the remaining dining location in that area — Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano — is now part of the recently renamed area of Muppets Courtyard (meanwhile, its nearby neighbor, Toy Story Pizza Planet, is closed for a major makeover of its own).

Suddenly down a few dining locations, rumors of additions are starting to swirl (like a possible themed bar coming to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction). That’s just a glimpse of some of the changes around the park. And as much as these changes are highly likely to result in a really great experience once the new Lands are complete, it’s all enough to make you want to visit a tried-and-true spot and soak in some familiarity.

So it came as a fairly big surprise when one of those tried-and-trues revealed an entirely new menu on our most recent visit.

Oasis Canteen Sign

Oasis Canteen Sign

The Oasis Canteen (located near the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular) has been the Hollywood Studios home to the theme park staple of Funnel Cakes for years.

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Celebrate (or Recover From!) Tax Day with Our Biggest Savings of the Year!

Hello to all my fellow USA residents who are not only facing MONDAY, but are also facing TAX DAY! I have a special message for those of us who have been buried under receipts and government forms and other boring things (oh my!) for days, weeks, and months…and even for those of us who paid someone else to be buried under receipts and government forms, but still had to write the check!

This is me while I'm doing my taxes.

This is me while I’m doing my taxes.

It’s time to take a TAX BREAK…and plan your DISNEY TRIP INSTEAD!

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That’s totally worthy of celebration, I think! So this week only, we’re offering two fantastic opportunities to save…and excuses to blow off your responsibilities and start making FASTPASS RESERVATIONS! ;-D

We’re talking 50% off of the DFB Guide Everything Bundle (that’s OVER $70 off the cover prices!) and 30% off of the book that started it all — the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2016 e-Book[Read more…]

News! Amorette’s Patisserie Opening in Disney Springs on May 15th

More Disney Springs Opening News!

The Town Center — the final neighborhood coming to Disney’s still-transitioning dining and entertainment district — will officially open to guests in Disney Springs on May 15th. And we are excited to say that Amorette’s Patisserie will open right along with it on that same day!

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©Disney

Of course, Amorette’s Patisserie will tell its own part of the Town Center story. Disney shares that the patisserie was one of the original Town Center shops (like the neighborhood itself, the patisserie was established circa 1900s according to story), and “is currently owned by artistic sisters Kara and Sara, where they pour great care into designing and creating the most unique and artistic pastries. In fact, ‘Amorette’ means ‘little love’ in French.” [Read more…]