By far, the most popular discount Disney offers is the Free Dining discount. It’s such a great deal, too!
Already, I have a list of people wanting to know as soon as I do when free dining will be offered for 2017.
Do you want to be in the know, too? Email me & I’ll add you to that list!
In the meantime, while we wait for free dining to be released (hopefully!) in 2017, here’s some answers and helpful information to plan your trip that gives you the best advantage of getting the discount:
Normally, it’s announced in late April/earlyMay. In 2016, Free Dining was released on April 25, 2016.
Here are the Walt Disney World Free Dining dates that were available for booking in 2016, which should give you some insight into what will be offered in 2017:
- August 23 – October 1
- November 15 – 21
- November 26 – 28
- December 10 – 21
Here were the room exclusions for 2016 (and I would expect to see the same for 2017): All suites, campsites and 3 bedroom villas have been excluded from this offer, as were the Little Mermaid rooms at the new Art of Animation Resort, Port Orleans French Quarter, All-Star Movies, Villas at the Grand Floridian Resort and the new Villas and Bungalos at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. All other Disney resorts, including value resorts were included in the offer. And Port Orleans Riverside was only available for arrivals August 23 through October 1, 2016.
Trying to plan your trip with a check in date that coincides with the previous year’s free dining discount dates & staying in a resort that wasn’t excluded last year helps a lot!
Also, and I am not just saying this to get your booking, but having your trip pre-booked with a good travel agent (such as myself), helps get the discount for your preferred dates/resort. 🙂
Last year, for everyone who pre-booked with me, I worked tirelessly to get the discount applied to their vacations. In order to grab the free dining discount, I checked very very early in the morning & had emailed all my pre-booked clients before I moved to new bookings & quote requests. The longer it takes to book/apply the discount, the less availability there is. Being pre-booked made the process go much faster!
Have questions? Email me with any & all questions, I am SO happy to help
Thinking about a trip to Disney World? I’d love to help! As a travel specialist working for an authorized Disney travel agency, my services are completely free to you! Disney pays my commission directly, which means that you can take advantage of my planning and advice absolutely free of charge! If you have questions or want to chat more about this, you can email me anytime!