If there is anything I love more than FREE, it’s extra FREE! Today Walt Disney World announced fall dates for their ultra-popular Free Dining promotion. Because a Cheapskate Princess loves a great deal, we teamed up with our Travel Agent, Erin, at Destinations in Florida for an extra bonus – FREE Mickey Mouse ear hats for the children traveling with your party when you make reservations for the Free Dining promotion. That’s a win-win for everybody!
When can I start booking my travel?
Disney Visa holders can book starting today, May 2nd.
Those of you without a Disney Visa, the general public, you can start your booking on May 7th.
What are the dates I can travel?
In 2014, the free dining offer will be for Disney vacationers traveling between:
August 31 – October 3
October 26 – November 1
November 9 – November 20
December 12 – December 23
Which dining plan will I receive?
Your dining plan will depend on your resort reservations. The Free Dining promotion includes the Quick Service Plan for Value Resorts. The Regular Dining Plan will be applied to Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
Disney Value Resorts – Free Quick Service Dining Plan
- All-Star Music Resort
- All-Star Sports Resort
- Art of Animation Little Mermaid rooms
- Pop Century Resort
This plan can be upgraded to the regular plan for $18.65 per person per day ($3.20 for children).
Moderate Resorts – Free Regular Dining Plan
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Port Orleans Resort Riverside
Deluxe Resorts – Free Regular Dining Plan
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Beach Club Resort
- BoardWalk Inn
- Contemporary Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Polynesian Resort
- Wilderness Lodge
- Yacht Club Resorts
Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts – Free Regular Dining Plan
- Animal Kingdom Villas
- Bay Lake Tower
- Beach Club Villas
- BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Villas
- Fort Wilderness Cabins
- Old Key West Resort
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Can you upgrade to a higher dining plan?
Value Resorts will have free Quick Service dining and can upgrade to base dining.
Moderate and Deluxe resorts will have Regular Dining free and can upgrade to Deluxe Dining.
Is this offer available at all the Disney World resorts?
This dining offer is not valid at certain resorts:
- All Star Movies
- Art of Animation – Little Mermaid Rooms
- Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter & Riverside
- Ft. Wilderness Campsites
- Any 3-bedroom villas
- Grand Floridian Villas
Are there certain travel requirements?
- You must stay for a minimum of three nights.
- The maximum days you can receive the free offer is 14 days.
- You will need to purchase a minimum two-day park ticket for each person in your party.
How can I receive this offer if I already have reservations?
You can call Disney directly have the offer applied to your account, or you can save yourself the trouble and have a travel agent do it for you for FREE. We use Erin at Destinations in Florida. She would love to call and have Disney reserve the room for you. Why use your time when you can have Erin do the work!
How much can you save with the Free Dining Promotion?
We asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans how much they saved.
Cheryl, “Last December, we went to and just missed free dining but was just me and hubby. We are adopting our five foster kids and are taking them in 2015. I am estimating we will save $2300+ for our week stay. We will be doing character meals and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review. It will be me, hubby, and our two grown kids plus our 5 younger children, but one will qualify as an adult since she will be 10.”
Stephanie, “We have only booked with free dining for the last four trips. Since character meals are included, we save $1000 minimum with that deal. We do normally stay at a moderate or higher resort. We are booked for September.”-
Pam, “We love to stay when the free dining is available. With our family of five, we save $$. We love the quick service dining just as much as the dining with table service. With the baby, age eight, we love the flexibility of not watching the clock to make it to dining reservation and just grab a quick service meal when we get hungry. However there is nothing like a meal with the princesses or some of our favorite characters. We’ve stayed in All-Star Sports and the All-Star Music Resort. We also stayed at Port Orleans Riverside and once at Coronado Springs when one of our big kids couldn’t go due to college (which, by the way, was heart breaking for me as well him…lol) Port Orleans is great for those families with five.”
Christie, “We LOVE going during free dining! On our last trip, we saved over $1000 by having free quick service dining for our family of four. It is just plain awesome. And where else can I try a cronut, two Dole Whips, and a Mickey pretzel for free in a week?!”
Dining offers don’t appeal to you? There are certainly other options to get a substantial discount.
Will there be a room only discount in the fall?
- Art of Animation – Little Mermaid Room
- All-Star Movies
- Bay Lake Towers
- Grand Floridian Villas
- Ft. Wilderness Campsites
Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!
Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Erin, our Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida travel. She offers promotions like Disney Trading Pin sets, autograph books, and free Mickey Mouse ear hats for kids under age 17. We know our readers love free…
Give Erin a call at 214-697-7732, or send an e-mail to erin @ destinationsinflorida.com.
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you in the fall, hopefully eating for free!
Disney’s Cheapskate Princess