Last week, Disney announced its 2020 Free Dining promo for ALL kids (ages 3 to 9) .
That got us thinking… could Disney be releasing its actual 2020 Free Dining packages soon?
For years now, Disney has run a special offer giving guests a free Disney Dining Plan with their purchase of various vacation packages. Free Dining basically means you’re paying zero for your food, and is super popular!
Not only is this a great way to plan ahead and budget, but it also has the potential to save you beaucoup bucks…if it’s done right. It’s also one of the many ways that Disney draws in guests each year!
BUT…the million dollar question is always: WHEN is Disney going to announce Free Dining??
When Will Disney Announce Free Dining for 2020?
Let’s break it down and see if we can figure out some potential timeframes:
2019’s Free Dining promotion was announced in early January for guests booking trips in the late summer to mid-fall when crowds generally tend to thin out at Disney World. This was UNPRECEDENTED. We’d seen Free Dining announced in April for years, and were expecting it in April again! But, alas, January 2nd was the sweet spot for Free Dining in 2019.
But THEN…the plot THICKENED! In July this year, Disney released a SECOND unprecedented round of free dining dates for the late fall to winter season — even extending free dining stays over Thanksgiving and Christmas, some of the BUSIEST times to visit Disney World!
So we expected April 2019 based on previous years, but we got January and July?!? Well, we think the double Free Dining in 2019 had a lot to do with Galaxy’s Edge. Disney expected massive crowds in the Fall for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and may have run the Free Dining promotion in late Summer to pull in guests earlier, ideally alleviating some of the Fall crowds.
But perhaps those expected Fall crowds didn’t materialize — at least not on the booking engines — and so Disney ran the Free Dining promotion again for Fall and Winter to bolster lagging hotel sales during that timeframe.
What does that mean for 2020? Could Disney totally be flipping the script on us again and release its 2020 Free Dining at any moment? If this year’s taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected! So we’re gonna be ready in early January for an announcement!
Here Are Three Things You Need To Do To Snag 2020 Free Dining As Soon As It’s Announced!
FYI, y’all, free dining goes FAST! Yep, it sells out very quickly, so you want to be able to jump on it and take advantage ASAP.
Here are a few steps to take to give yourself the best possible chance of scoring Free Dining for 2020:
1. Sign up for DFB Newsletter and DFB Social Media Channels for Breaking News
We watch Disney World’s Special Offers page closely and we’ll have all the latest info about 2020 Free Dining as soon as you can book it, including details on the travel dates, restrictions, and more! You can stay in the Free Dining know by subscribing to our newsletter as well as following our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts!
2. Look for Disney Visa Cardholder Access
In the past, Disney Visa Cardholders have been the first to get access to Free Dining before it is announced to the general public. If you’re a Disney Visa Cardholder keep an eye on your inbox for that Free Dining email!
3. Book your Disney World Trip NOW with a Travel Agent so they can update your reservation FOR YOU when Free Dining is released
With the limited number of rooms available for Free Disney World Dining, it wouldn’t hurt to reserve your spot now and have your reservation updated if and when Free Dining becomes available. Our friends at Small World Vacations are happy to help you start making your Free Dining dreams a reality! They’ll save you the time and stress of hanging on the busy phone line while everyone is trying to book their free dining when it’s announced, and they can even save you some moola, too!
Stay tuned as we’ll be reporting all the latest 2020 Free Dining news and any updates as soon as we hear anything!
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Do you look forward to the Free Dining packages each year? When do you speculate Disney will be releasing their 2020 dates? Let us know in the comments below!