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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5 things you can do to get Disney’s Free Dining in 2017

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By far, the most popular discount Disney offers is the Free Dining discount.  It’s the #1 discount everyone wants, waits for, plans around, and asks me about.

I have a lot of the same questions pop up as we wait for free dining, usually with the same theme: “What’s our best shot of getting free dining?”

While there’s never a guarantee that free dining will be released, if it is, here’s the top 5 things YOU can do to better your chances of getting your food for free when you vacation in Disney World in 2017:

TOP 5 things YOU do to get FREE DINING 2017:

  1.  Know when to go & where to stay

Paying attention to the historical free dining information of years really helps you decide when to go and where to stay to give you the best shot of getting a free dining discount for your 2017 Disney vacation.

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!

  2. Book your vacation NOW.

There is no reason to wait for free dining to be released before you book your trip.  If you know you want to go, and you’ve decided on dates that have a good chance of being included in free dining, then book your trip!

Disney World vacations only require a $200 deposit to book and that deposit is 100% refundable up until 30 days before your departure date.  Since we expect free dining to be released at the end of April and we’ll know all the details of Fall 2017 then, there is NO risk to you to book now.

Having your trip booked in advance is SO helpful for something else I highly recommend: making Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) as soon as possible (ADRs can be booked 180 days in advance of your check in date). Yes, even before Free Dining goes live. Everyone reserves the good ADRs quickly for potential Free Dining dates, so if you don’t book early, you can be stuck eating counter service or unpopular restaurants for the duration of your trip if you don’t plan ahead.

  3.  Be flexible, as much as you can

Historically, Free Dining has been a fall/early winter promotion and based on past promotions, you can plan your visit to give you a good chance of being included in 2017’s free dining discount.  But predictions are obviously just that, and all of this is subject to change based on occupancy trends and projections.  Being flexible with your travel dates and where you stay helps increase your chances of a great free dining discount!

   4.  If you have a Disney VISA card, use it for your $200 deposit

It’s not necessary to have a Disney Visa card to get free dining.  But if you do already have a Disney Visa card, I recommend using it for the deposit just in case being a Disney Visa cardholder helps your chances of securing free dining.

Last year, there was no early booking window for Disney Visa cardholders, but there was an expanded date range. The two years before, Disney Visa cardholders did have an early booking window.  Most years, the general public is able to book Free Dining packages 5 days after Disney Visa cardholders can book.

In years past, Free Dining has been announced in late April, with booking opening first for Disney Visa credit card holders and the general public a few days later. Last year, there was no early window for Disney Visa cardholders. However, Disney Visa cardholders were able to book free dining starting August 14 vs. the general public start date of August 23rd.

   5. Book your vacation with me or Email me to be notified about free dining 🙂

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

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

 

2016 Disney World Free Meal Deal

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Travel Dates: May 29 – June 30, July 5 – August 13, 2016

Walt Disney World has announced a new Summer 2016 meal discount. Please note that in order to qualify for this 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 meal offer for your entire stay. Availability is extremely limited, and not all resorts may be available.

  • Guests (ages 3 & up) staying at a Walt Disney World Value Resort will receive one Quick Service Meal per person per night for free.

Availability is extremely limited, and must be booked by February 29, 2015.

It appears that the Little Mermaid rooms at the new Art of Animation Resort are excluded from this offer, but all other Value Resort rooms types are included.

Three night minimum stay required, and a maximum stay of 14 nights is allowed per reservation. You must also include a minimum 2 day park pass for each person in our party in order to qualify.

This is like getting 1/2 of the quick service meal plan for free and only includes value resorts, not moderate or deluxe resorts.

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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

FREE DINING 2015 DISCOUNT!!!

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Released today to EVERYONE!!!

Travel Dates: August 28 – October 2, October 25 – 31, November 8-19, December 15 – 21, 2015

Walt Disney World has announced it’s annual Disney Free Dining! 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 10, 2015.

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. Port Orleans Riverside is available, but only for arrivals August 28 through October 2, 2015. All other Disney resorts, including value resorts are included in the offer.

Three night minimum stay required, and a maximum stay of 14 nights is allowed per reservation. You must also purchase a minimum 2 day basic park pass 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!

Email:  fairytalejourneysbysara@gmail.com