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…]

Be the First to Hear About Disney World Free Dining!

It’s that time of year, all! While there’s no guarantee that it will be back, Disney World often announces Free Dining in the Spring for Fall bookings!

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And I want you to be the FIRST ONES to hear if they announce it again! So there’s never been a better time than NOW to join the DFB Newsletter!

Besides the possibility of Free Dining Plan offers, there’s just so much happening at Walt Disney World. And with new events like the rumored Rivers of Light Dinner Packages, having first mover advantage is a must!

And you know…the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival and 2016 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival are just around the corner too…

It’s a lot to keep straight!! So aren’t you glad we’re here to bring you all the Disney Food News First? ;-)

Do I really need to subscribe when I read Disney Food Blog everyday?

Yes! There’s SO much happening at Disney parks and resorts. And sometimes, especially when it comes to breaking news like Free Dining Offers or Brand New Restaurants or Special Events, it’s important to get the news as soon as possible. And that’s where the DFB Newsletter comes in. [Read more…]

2014 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available for General Public Reservations

Booking is now available! Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer has been extended to the general public for select dates in September, October, November, and December 2014!

The offer was first available only to Disney’s Visa Cardholders.

Travel Dates

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

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

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 [Read more…]

News! Disney World Free Dining Now Available for October, November, December 2013 Dates

Great news! We finally have news that Disney World Free Dining will be extended for select check-in dates in October, November, and December 2013!

Travel Dates

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

September 29 – October 2, 2013
October 18 – November 2, 2013
November 11 – 23, 2013
December 12 – 22, 2013

Bookings for these dates begins today!

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 [Read more…]

Reminder: September 2013 Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available for ALL GUESTS!

It’s official!! A Disney World Free Dining offer is now available for check-in dates 9/2 – 9/25 in September 2013! This means that guests taking advantage of the offer will get a free Disney Dining Plan with their Magic Your Way package.

Must Arrive Between 9/2-9/25

The offer is currently available only for guests ARRIVING September 2 to September 25, 2013. Our understanding is that a minimum stay of 3 nights is required. The package may not be booked for longer than 14 nights.

This means that even if you arrive late in the offer window, you will still be able to apply free dining to your entire stay. For example, if you arrive on September 25th, you can still have free dining for your whole trip, up to 14 days.

We currently don’t have any knowledge as to whether the free dining offer will be extended in either direction.

Must Stay at a Disney-Owned Resort on Property

Guests must stay at a Disney-Owned Resort. 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.)

Stay at a Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort, and you will receive [Read more…]

Disney World Free Dining August and September 2012

UPDATE: Free Dining for select dates in October-December 2012 has opened up. Details here!

Finally! The great Disney Free Dining for Fall 2012 has now been opened up to the general public (previously it had only been available to Disney Visa Reward Cardholders).

Dates for this deal are in August and September 2012!

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

As always, free dining is offered based on where you’re staying. Guests 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, and availability is extremely limited on this offer.

Specs
— Guests must book by May 18th, 2012.
— Guests must check in no earlier [Read more…]

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.

Specs
— Guests must book by May 18th, 2012.
— Guests must check in no earlier [Read more…]

Disney World Free Dining Available Through September 2012 For International Guests

Thanks to Laura for the fun tip that guests booking from Latin America now have the option to choose a Disney World Free Dining package through September 2012!

Info About Free Dining From the Canadian DisneyWorld.com page

USA residents are still only allowed to book Free Dining through March 2012. But Disney long ago released Free Dining through November 2012 for UK guests and now offers Free Dining from August 19-September 29, 2012, in addition to the dates listed here, for guests from Canada and Latin America.

Canada Free Dining Dates Now Show Aug-Sep 2012 Dates

Latin American DisneyWorld.com website mentions Aug-Sep 2012 Free Dining Dates

Is this a harbinger for Free Dining in the Fall of 2012 for USA residents? What do you think?

*New Dates* for 2011-2012 Disney World Free Dining Packages

Did your check-in date fall within the Free Dining Offer? If not, you should check again! The Free Dining Packages being offered for the remainder of 2011 and part of 2012 now apply to different dates.

There are also new codes to use when booking!

See New 2011-2012 Disney World Free Dining Dates here!

NOTE: Guests who have already booked under the old dates will have their current bookings honored. No need to change dates if you’ve already booked.