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  • On Feb 11, 2009
    Shirley from MA 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.

    Since the Buy 4 Get 3 Free is extended until 8/15, do you think the free dining will be offered in early August? Can these 2 offers be combined? If not, which is a better deal? Thanks everyone.


    Thanks for coming to the Mom's Panel!

    Disney's offered free dining since 2005 for a short window from August to September and then during select dates last fall.  There's been no official announcement of it this year yet (although there is quite a track record).  In the past, Disney has announced it first to Disney Visa cardholders around April.

    Usually Disney doesn't allow you to combine discounts, and I would think that if they offer free dining this year they wouldn't double up the two offers.  I did the math on comparing the two packages in an answer just today here.  And the short answer is that free dining does offer greater savings, but only if you use the dining plan to its fullest.  I've known many families who can keep their food budgets to a minimum and in those cases, the 7-for-4 package can be quite a value.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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