• On Oct 5, 2017
    Jennifer from GA 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.

    I currently have a MYW 2018 reservation. I just recently learned of the free dining that Disney promotes during certain time frames. I know nothing has been officially announced for 2018 but I would like to know how this works.

    Dear Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us again here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about adding the Disney Dining Plan to your reservation!

    It's true that Walt Disney World Resort periodically runs "free dining" promotions where Walt Disney World Resort hotel packages can include the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan, or the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan at no additional cost. If an offer such as this comes up, it typically cannot just be added to your existing reservation but instead must be made as part of a new reservation. It is limited to certain dates, room types, and hotel choices. Often, if you do the calculations, another special offer such as a room discount can be more worthwhile than the free dining promotion. However, free dining is a very popular choice of promotion! If you do hear about it coming up, be sure to book it as soon as possible so that you can have the best chance of getting it. If you are working with a travel agent, they can assist you with that as well. 

    As a reminder, even if you have free dining, the gratuities are not included, so be sure to include those in your budget planning so they don't sneak up on you!

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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