Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 15, 2012
    Susan from TN 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.

    How do I find out if there are free meal plans included with a resort stay? A friend of mine told me that they were able to stay at WDW for a very minimal amount due to "free dining"?? We've never been there and are just now researching the opt

    Hi Susan,

    Generally during less busy times of the year, Walt Disney World offers discounted vacation packages including Free Dining.

    I would watch the Special Offers for announcements of Free Dining packages. When discounts are released, they will include the eligible vacation dates. In addition, you'll have to book prior to the booking window expiration date.

    Here's an example:
    The last Free Dining offer was released on October 27, 2011 and had to be booked by December 17, 2011. Eligible vacation dates included January 8 - March 29, 2012.

    I would caution that depending on where you stay on WDW property, the free dining plan isn't always your best option. Do the math. When free dining is offered, you'll pay rack rates for your hotel. If you are staying at a value resort, free dining is more valuable. If you are staying at a deluxe hotel, it may be more cost-efficient to get a discounted room package and pay out-of-pocket for your meals.

    Another great resource for information on discounts at WDW is I visit this site to find discounts on my Disney vacations!

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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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