Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Aug 17, 2010
    Betsy from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Amanda, you answered a question of mine a while back (WONDERFULLY!) and I was wondering if you could explain "free dining" to me. Surely that can't mean we pay a set price and eat what/whenever during our stay. And - is parkhopping worth the exp

    Hi Betsy!

    Welcome back to the Moms Panel!  I'm so happy I could help!

    'Free dining' is a promotion that Walt Disney World periodically offers.  With a Magic Your Way ticket and room package you get the Disney Dining plan FREE! 

    For each NIGHT of your stay you get (for each person 3 and over):
    1 Quick service meal (combo meal, OR non alcoholic drink, entree, and dessert)
    1 Table service meal (entree, non alcoholic drink, and dessert--keep in mind, gratuity is NOT included)
    1 snack

    So, if you have 3 people staying 7 nights you'll get:
    21 QS meals
    21 TS meals
    21 snacks
    These can be used in whatever manner you wish.  If you'd like to use 3 TS credits a day, you can!  The key is budgeting the credits correctly for your trip.  After each meal (or snack) is purchased, they'll be a credit balance printed out on your receipt. 

    I strongly suggest getting advance dining reservations for your TS meals, as they can fill up quickly during 'free dining' promotion periods. 

    As for park hopping...we are park hoppers.  We enjoy the flexibility that it gives us, so for US, it's worth the extra expense.  We enjoy hitting a park, heading back for nap, and then hitting a 'new, fresh' park after nap.  It also allows us the ability to go back and revisit another park again rather than being locked into the same park we visited earlier in the day. 

    I hope this helps!
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Texas

I am a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home Mom to my 2 boys and daughter.  I've been married to my High School sweetheart since 2000, and we consider ourselves experienced Walt Disney World travelers with little ones. Learn More About Amanda

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