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  • On Feb 3, 2016
    Katarzyna from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi:) I have booked our vacation for November 2016. Usually there is a Free Dining promotion during that time, but looking at historical dates, it might be 3 or 4 days after our (8 day ) trip begins. How do we take advantage of it in that case? Thank you :)

    Hi Katarzyna,

    November might seem far away, but next fall will be here among us in a blink of an eye. It’s also a wonderful time to visit.

    At this time, there are no promotions or specials announced for late fall, and promotions may change in how they work or not offered at all. The following is based on how free dining promotions have worked up to the fall of 2015.

    In the past, free dining required a Magic Your Way Vacation Package, with a minimum length stay at participating resort hotels. The package would also include park tickets and sometimes required park hopper option. You had to arrive during the promotion period, and it would extend for your entire stay (up to 10 days after the promotion ended).

    If you had to arrive before the promotion started, you would have had to make a second reservation for the days before the promotion started. You would need to make a room-only reservation and you could request to get the tickets from the free dining reservation up to 3 days in advance of the free dining reservation check-in. Note that you were not be able to make FastPass+ reservations ahead of time for those 3 early days. Also, note that the dining plan entitlements would start at 6:00 a.m. on the first day of the free dining reservation. You can save on tickets, however you would need to account for meals during the first reservation.

    Keep an eye to the Special Offers & Deals page. Hope this helps with your planning. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to stop by again.

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