What Is Free Dining?

The dates for Free Dining have been announced

There is a lot of talk right now in the Walt Disney World circles about Free Dining. Can you really eat at Walt Disney World for free? The answer to that question is yes, sometimes you can. Here are the basic details.

Free Dining is a program that is usually offered in the fall for some of the slower times of year. With it, you can receive the Disney Dining Plan for free as part of your non-discounted Magic Your Way vacation package. If you are staying in a Value or Moderate Resort, it is the Quick Service Dining Plan that is free, while those at the Deluxe Resorts will receive the Standard Dining Plan for free. Those who want to upgrade to a different plan can pay just the difference.

The dates for Free Dining are usually released in late April. In 2018, the program is good for those who are checking in between August 20 through September 29, November 24 through 27, and December 7 through 23.

There are a couple of things that you’ll need to know about Free Dining. It must be part of a Magic Your Way vacation package. You’ll need to stay a minimum of five nights. You must include a minimum four day theme park ticket with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus (which leaves out Annual Passholders unless they want to buy an extra ticket). You must book your vacation before July 7.

Not all resorts and rooms are eligible for Free Dining, and there are a limited number of spaces available. If you’ve already booked, you can modify your reservation. Even though you’ll pay full price for everything else, Free Dining can save a lot of money. You can find out more information or make or change your reservation here or by calling 407-827-7369. If you have a travel agent, he or she should be able to take care of it for you.