2016 Disney World Free Dining is Here!!

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Travel Dates: August 23 – October 1, November 15 – 21, November 26 – 28 and December 10 – 21, 2016

Finally – Walt Disney World has announced its annual Disney Free Dining Discount!

Please note that in order to qualify for the free dining offer, your must check in during one of the available dates above. Your stay can extend into one of the black out periods and you will still receive the free dining for your entire stay. Availability is extremely limited, and not all resorts may be available.

  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World value resort will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan for free. Guests will be able to upgrade to either the Disney Dining plan or the Deluxe Disney Dining plan by paying the price difference. To upgrade to the Disney Dining Plan, the increased cost will be $19.86 per adult per night of your stay, and $3.41 per child.
  • Guests staying at a Disney World Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Disney Villa resort will receive the Disney Dining Plan included for free. Disney World guests at moderate, deluxe and villa resorts will also be able to book the “Free Dining”, and upgrade to the Disney Deluxe Dining for the normal price difference.
  • You must also include either the Hopper or Water Park Fun and More option on your park passes to qualify as well.

Availability is extremely limited, and must be booked by July 8, 2016.

It appears that all suites, campsites and 3 bedroom villas have been excluded from this offer, as are 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 are included in the offer.

Port Orleans Riverside is available, but only for arrivals August 23 through October 1, 2016.

Three night minimum stay required, and a maximum stay of 14 nights is allowed per reservation. You must also purchase a minimum 2 day park pass that includes either the Hopping or Water Park Fun & More option per person per reservation to qualify.

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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!

Disney World Free Dining 2016 Rumors

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As we get closer and closer to the end of April/beginning of May, the free dining rumors are FLYING!!

My thoughts are:

1.  I expect to see something soon (assuming Disney releases free dining).  My own personal guess for a release date?  Monday, April 25th   But it could be anytime now really!
There is no word yet on whether Disney will release Free Dining to Disney VISA cardholder first, but if they do, I expect that to happen April 21st.
2.  I have seen these travel dates floating around in the Disney rumor mills as the 2016 dates that will be included:
Aug 23-Oct 1  (I’ve also heard Aug 14 – Oct 1)
Nov 15-Nov 21
Nov 26-Nov 28
Dec 10-Dec 21
Keep in mind there is no way to know if these are the correct dates, but if those dates turn out to be correct, you would just need to check in on one of them to get the discount for your whole trip.

If offered, it will mostly likely require a three night minimum stay, and a minimum of two ticket days (with either a park hopper or water park option).

Value resorts should offer the Quick Service plan for free and Moderates and Deluxes the Regular Dining Plan

Rumored excluded resorts include Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Bungalows and Grand Floridian Villas.   (I would add Port Orleans Riverside to that list if I had to guess.)

And I cannot stress enough these are just rumors and not verified AT ALL.
Also, the availability is expected to be EXTREMELY limited this year.  Even those who get in first for this discount won’t all be able to secure free dining.

I have a list of people wanting to know as soon as I do when free dining will be offered for 2016.

Do you want to be in the know, too?   Email me & I’ll add you to that list!

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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!

Email:  fairytalejourneysbysara@gmail.com

 

Disney VISA cardholder 2016 Disney World Discount

2016 Walt Disney World Disney VISA Play, Stay, Dine and Save

Travel dates: December 14, 2014 – March 7, 2015

Walt Disney World has released two discounts today, this Play, Stay, Dine and Save offer, and a second room only offer. You will need to check both offers to see which is better for you. Currently, both offers are available to Disney VISA cardholders only. This offer will be made available to everyone, no Disney VISA requirement, on Monday, September 28, 2015.

While the dates of December 20, 2015 – January 1, 20156 are included in this offer, it is very likely those dates are blacked out or availability is extremely limited.

Please note, this is NOT free dining, kids stay and play free or any other offer. There doesn’t appear to be anything included for free, just a percentage discount on the package.

Discount Requirements

  • Minimum 3 night stay
  • Maximum 14 night stay
  • Minimum 2 day park pass must be included in the package
  • Dining Plan must be included in the package
  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World value resort must purchase the Quick Service dining plan or better
  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World moderate, deluxe or deluxe villa resort must purchase the Disney Dining plan or better

It appears that this offer excludes 3-bedroom villas and campsites, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms), Disney’s All-Star MoviesResort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (Bungalows), Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

As a rule of thumb, this discount is a better deal at the value and moderate resorts, while the Winter Savings room only offer is considerably better at the deluxe and deluxe villa resorts. If you do not want the dining plan at all, then the Winter Savings room only offer is going to be a better deal for you Please check both offers.

This offer must be booked by December 23, 2015. Not all nights or resorts may be available. At this point, it does not appear that any nights have been blacked out, but many nights around the Walt Disney World Marathon and President’s Day Weekend may be difficult to find. Availability is extremely limited, act quickly for best availability.

Again, this offer will be made available to everyone starting on Monday, September 28, 2015.

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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!

Email:  fairytalejourneysbysara@gmail.com