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 World Free Dining 2016 Dates

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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 2016.

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 2016, 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, with booking opening first for Disney Visa cardholders and the general public a few days later.

Here are the Walt Disney World Free Dining dates that were available for booking in 2015, which should give you some insight into what will be offered in 2016:

  • August 28 through October 2
  • October 25 through October 31
  • November 8 through November 19
  • December 15 through December 21

Here are the room exclusions: All-Star Movies, Bay Lake Tower, Port Orleans Resort Riverside (except the first set of dates), Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Fort Wilderness campsites, Grand Villas at all resorts (3-bedroom Disney Vacation Club rooms), Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, and the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, are all not eligible for Free Dining.

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, in order to grab the free dining discount, I checked very very early in the morning.  Then I moved to new bookings.  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 🙂

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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

Walt Disney World Spring 2016 Discount

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Exciting news!  We have a new Disney World discount for 2016 🙂

Here are the details:

Travel Dates: February 22 – June 11, 2016

Walt Disney World has released a special discount where you can save up to 25% off of your room only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts during the travel dates listed above.

Percentage Savings:

  • Save 30% at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Boardwalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard and pool view rooms only), Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (Studios only) and the cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
  • Save 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Save 20% at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (savanna view and club level rooms only), Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Beach Club Villas, The Villas at Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Family Suite Rooms only) and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

This offer must be booked by March 31, 2016. Please note that the discounts listed above will only be available through February 28, 2016, after that, the discounts will be reduced.

In addition to these great savings, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package with minimum 4-day theme park tickets, you can get one more ticket day for FREE!

Availability is extremely limited.

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 and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows.

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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