Free Dining 2017 Rumors

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I’m seeing the same rumors float around the internet for Free Dining 2017 the past couple of days – enough to share it here.  The following information came from DisneyTouristBlog:

“Rumors are starting to fly that Free Dining will be released on April 24, 2017. As best I can tell, this info is coming exclusively from a Brazilian travel agency.

Normally, I’d write this off. Info leaking out this far in advance of the release date is fairly unprecedented. However, the details seem plausible and I see others reporting the same info (they could just be regurgitating the same rumor, though). Given that, I thought I’d at least share, as an FYI.

Rumored Free Dining dates:

• August 13 – September 30, 2017
• November 14 – 20, 2017
• November 25 – 27, 2017
• December 8 – 23, 2017
As part of this rumor, both Value and Moderate Resorts receive the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan, while Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the standard Disney Dining Plan.

The big pieces of news here: moderates are only receiving the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan.

If this rumor is accurate, that suggests to me Disney is pretty confident in its bookings thus far for the summer, and occupancy projections for this fall and winter. With Pandora in Animal Kingdom opening and record consumer confidence in the United States, this wouldn’t surprise me. In fact, the details and internal consistency of this rumor make it highly plausible in my view.”

 

Of course, this is all a lot of speculation about a rumor that I think could very well be incorrect, but again, I wanted to share since this is the consistent information floating around the internet right now 🙂

That’s all for now!  I’ll continue to keep you posted!

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If you need personalized help with planning any aspect of your vacation, or want someone to book the Free Dining promotion for you and provide other assistance along the way–I recommend contacting me, a no fee “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” (Disney’s term for a travel agent) to get a quote and to help you plan.

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. 🙂

I receive my commission from Disney, so I will never charge you extra for booking your trip and helping you get the most our of your vacation, discounts, planning, etc..

Last year I worked tirelessly for all my clients to get the discount applied to their vacations.  In order to grab the free dining discount, I checked very very early in the morning (3-4am) & 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🙂

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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

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Disney World Free Dining 2017

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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 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🙂

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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

Favorite Quick Service (Fast Food) Disney World Restaurants:

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Hollywood Studios:

  1. Toy Story Pizza Planet – Remember the pizza place in toy story?  This restaurant is modeled to look like that – food is pizza, of course!  There’s an arcade.  It’s brightly colored and lit and themed.  It’s a fun place to eat.
  1. Starring Rolls Café – My absolute favorite quick service meal in Disney World.  The sandwiches remind me of east coast subs, and the cupcakes here are to-die-for.  If all else fails, stop here for a cupcake.  You won’t be sorry.
  1.  ABC CommissaryA good place for lots of food options, lots of seating, and nice cool air conditioning in the hot summer months.

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Animal Kingdom:

  1. Flame Tree BBQA very popular place to grab lunch at Animal Kingdom.  The BBQ meats here are wonderful and the view of the lake is idyllic.
  1. Pizzafari – A very nice themed eatery with very normal pizza options for lunch.
  1. Restaurantosaurus – Burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets – something for everyone!
  1. Yak & Yeti – this quick service counter offers yummy Chinese foods like sweet & sour chicken and beef lo mein.

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Epcot:

  1. Sunshine Seasons – located in THE LAND, this quick service eatery is the best in Epcot’s Future World.  Breakfast is served here, and for lunch you have grill options, panani/sandwiches, and one awesome strawberry shortcake!
  1. 2.     Kringla Bakeri og Café – (located in Norway), this is a great stop for a sandwich and yummy dessert.  The ham & apple sandwich and school bread are particularly good.
  1. 3.     Boulangerie Patisserie – (located in France), a great stop for sandwiches (on French bread), quiches, and even a cheese plate!  The desserts here are wonderful, including a very yummy éclair.
  1. 4.     Katsura Grill – (located in Japan), if it’s Teriyaki or Sushi that you’re craving, this is the place for you!
  1. 5.     Tangierine Café – (located in Morocco) – this eatery has very unique offerings including shawarma, hummus, Falafel wraps, and lamb pita pockets.  If you are up to trying something new, these platters are a great value and really yummy!

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Magic Kingdom:

  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch only) – located in New Fantasyland, this is by far the most impressive quick service meal you can have on Disney property!  You will enjoy yummy food inside the new Beast’s castle – visit the ballroom, West Wing, and rose gallery.  The line to get in for lunch will be long (probably a 30 minute wait) but if you have the time, it’s worth the wait!
  1. Casey’s Corner – located on Main Street, this is a hot dog & French fry joint; I love eating here for 2 reasons: the corn dog nuggets and the cheese sauce (for dipping everything in!)
  1. Columbia Harbor House – located in Liberty Square (near Haunted Mansion) this counter service is a popular place to eat lunch; the lobster roll is good, as well as the apple crisp.
  1. Cosmic Ray’s Café – located in Tomorrowland, this eatery has 3 ordering bays, featuring burgers, chicken, and sandwiches.  The toppings bar here is amazing!
  1. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn – located in Frontierland, you can get a burger here and use the toppings bar, or you can get a pretty good taco salad, too!

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