News! 2017 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available!

IT’S ON. The Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer is officially coming back and will be offered to guests for select dates in late August, September, November, and December 2017 (NOTE: There are no October dates this year, but if your check-in date is in late September, you can obviously take your stay into October).

Disney World Free Dining 2017 Travel Dates

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below. free-dining

August 21* – September 30, 2017
November 14 – November 20, 2017
November 25 – November 27, 2017
December 8 – December 23, 2017

You must book by July 7th to get the offer.

*Disney Visa Cardholders may book dates starting August 13th. We’ll be updating the post throughout the day with details as we get them.

(Please note that the offer excludes: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows as per Disney World’s website. Some sources are reporting more exclusions. Your mileage may vary. ) 

Disney Resorts

If you stay at a Value or Moderate 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.) Note that the Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing massive refurbishment this year. It’s still available to book for the offer, but we just wanted to give you the heads’ up.

If you reserve a 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. (This is based on our calculations making trial reservations, though Disney does not specify a minimum stay this year.) You also need to purchase AT LEAST a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Park Hopper Plus Option.

Use this link to book!

Will Free Dining Save You Money?

DFB Guide 2017 Second Edition CoverSince 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 2017 Second Edition e-Book to help you save the most money possible. 

Along with over 650 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 “SAVE2017” 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!

News: Get a FREE Quick Service Meal Each Day With a Returning WDW Package Offer

Planning a summer trip to Disney World in the new year? As of today, booking is available for the 2017 Summer Quick Service Meal Offer specific to guests staying at select Walt Disney World Value Resorts. It entitles each guest of your party to one FREE quick service meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) per day of stay.

Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich for Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Open-Face Bacon and Egg Sandwich for Breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 24, 2016

Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! What an exciting week of Disney food news!

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We have so much to talk about, but first we’re so excited to report that a Star Wars Dinner Club is really coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! We saw a brand new artist rendering of the restaurant and it looks ah-mazing!

There’s no name and no details about a menu, but just knowing that it’s coming is exciting!

We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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News! 2015 Disney World Free Dining Offer Now Available!

Disney World Free DiningToday is THE day many of you have been waiting for… Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer will be offered to guests for select dates in late August, September, October, November, and December 2015!

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 28 – October 2, 2015
October 25 – October 31, 2015
November 8 – November 19, 2015
December 15 – December 21, 2015

You must book by July 10th to get the offer.

(Please note that Disney’s Port Orleans — Riverside is excluded from the offer from October 25 – December 21. The offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas at all times.)

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).

Tickets

In addition to booking a minimum stay of 3 nights at one of the above Disney resorts, you’ll also need to purchase AT LEAST a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper OR Water Park Fun & More Option.

Is the Free Dining Offer Right for Your Family?

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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 2015 e-Book to help you save the most money possible.

Along with 490 pages of great Disney World dining advice, photos, and details, this book is a great deal. Get yours here, and speaking of saving money — use code “2015” to get $4 off today!

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

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…]

News! 2013 Disney World Free Dining Offer

UPDATE: Free Dining available for select dates in October, November, and December!

Great news! Free Dining will be offered for check-in dates 9/2 – 9/25 in September 2013!

Travel Dates

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING September 2 to September 25, 2013. A minimum stay of 3 nights is required and may not be booked for longer than 14 nights.

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…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: July 15, 2012

Well, it was quite the week of Disney food news. With the price increases and Le Cellier requiring two table service credits at lunch, the 2013 Disney Dining Plan information was disappointing.

Turkey Leg and Mickey Ice Cream Bar Air Fresheners

BUT, the new Free Dining offer was great news for many of our readers who were able to save hundreds of dollars on their vacation packages.

Disney Food News

A big food news week, let’s review the latest…

We’ve got more food news (including an expanded menu at the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans Riverside and LOTS more) on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Announcing our “How Do YOU Use Your DFB Guide? Contest” Winner!

We’re super excited to announce our DFB Guide contest winner!

All of our finalists will receive a free DFB Disney Dining Guidebook! And the winners will get a little extra something to remind them of their past and future Disney adventures! :-)

Head over to read the funny and heartwarming stories from our finalists!

On to the Round-Up

Studios Central finds a great meal at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups sips on some delicious mocktails – non-alcoholic drinks!

Main Street Gazette savors the pineapple coconut cupcake from Sunshine Seasons.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World cooks up Spicy Durban Style Chicken from the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

All’s Fare Food Blog stops by Downtown Disney’s Fresh-A-Peel.

AllEars.Net celebrates summer at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ!

DisneyCaribbeanBeach.com shows how to send a coconut postcard from this tropical resort!

Eating WDW takes us back in time for a look at late 90s photos of Teppanyaki Dining Room in Epcot.

CapnAstro created a fun video about our 2012 Disney World Cupcake Crawl! Check it out here…

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 15, 2012

We’ve had a fun week sharing the excitement of our new e-book! And check out those eats that we can look forward to at the Art of Animation’s food court, Landscape of Flavors. It’s not what you’d expect for food court fare…!

Mickey Fruit Tart at Art of Animation Resort

Disney Food News

We’ve got more delicious news on our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

Grand Launch: The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2012 e-Book

This week we announced the grand launch of the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World® Dining 2012 e-Book! It’s an instantly downloadable PDF guide, featuring over 310 full-color pages of photographs, information, and advice about our faves — food and dining in Walt Disney World.

We’ve updated our 2012 edition with over 60 new pages of details along with more photos, coverage of new Disney dining experiences, exclusive games, and more!

For our Grand Launch Sale, use code: 2012 to get a $4 discount this week only! Order your copy now at DFBGuide.com and use code: 2012 for your discount!

If you DID purchase the 2011 Guide and would like to purchase the 2012 Guide, we’ve got a special discount for repeat purchasers. Email us here to get a limited-time, one-use, exclusive discount code to purchase the 2012 Guide at a $6 discount. Please include the email address you used to purchase the 2011 Guide in the body of your email.

On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World For Grown-Ups stops by Scat Cat’s at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort.

Stuff From The Park looks back at a 1965 Carnation Cafe menu from Disneyland.

Studios Central finds extra hot dog carts around Disney’s Hollywood Studios to accommodate spring crowds.

AllEars.Net showcases South African wines featured at the Animal Kingdom’s Mombasa Marketplace!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World displays construction photos of the Tutto Italia renovation.

Main Street Gazette stops by the Polynesian’s Kona Cafe to sample the Chef’s Choice dinner option.

Progress City, U.S.A. focuses on the evolution of Epcot’s culinary offerings!

Mouse on the Mind takes a look at unique bread services at WDW restaurants!

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 11, 2012

New Sleepy Hollow Breakfast Waffle Sandwich in Magic Kingdom

It’s been a fun Disney Food news week with sneak peeks of new menu items and upcoming restaurants. Take a closer look at the Be Our Guest Restaurant’s progress in the Magic Kingdom. I’m so ready to be “magically transported” there!

By the way, we’re closing in on 10,000 Facebook Fans for DFB! We’d love it if you’d come join us over there, too! I’m always posting pictures and reviews, so come join the Facebook Family. :-)

Disney Food News

Here’s the latest…

For more scrumptious food news, stop by our Disney Food News Pin Board, where Disney Food News is updated on a regular basis!

DFB Podcast

The DFB Podcast is (finally) live! We’re covering Disney Food from all over the theme parks, resorts, and cruise lines! Check it out at DFBPodcast.com (just click on the chocolate Mickey when you’re there)!

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it. :-)

If you have any Disney dining questions, send them along to us to be answered on the podcast! Just contact us here, and put PODCAST in the subject line!

On to the Round-Up

AKLResort.com shares a recipe for Chai Cream from the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Sanaa in Kidani Village.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World shares a fun look at snacks, travel mugs, and other merchandise from around the parks.

Daveland reminisces (in pictures) about Coke Corner and the Candy Palace at Disneyland in the 1950s.

Main Street Gazette reviews a vegetarian dish at the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jiko!

The Chew features a behind the scenes video tour of the Disney Fantasy’s galley!

All’s Fare Food Blog reviews the character breakfast at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Beer in Florida reviews the free Beers and Ears iPhone app.

The Disney Parks Blog shares the recipe for Veggie Tater Casserole, which will be served at Flo’s V8 Café in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park.

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.
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