• On Apr 19, 2018
    Carla from MB 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.

    WHEN is free dining 2018?

    Hi Carla,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing another excellent question to us!

    As of today, the only Free Dining offer is the Incredibly Delicious Kid-Size Package Offer that is listed as one of the several Special Offers available at the Walt Disney World Resort. Although other offers may be released for the dates of your visit, we cannot confirm any additional offers at this time. 

    I always suggest that you compare special offers. When I have compared offers in the past, Free Dining was not the best deal. To get an idea of the price difference, I would compare prices between a discounted vacation package and a Free Dining package. To do so, you can compare the Family Summer Offer and the Incredibly Delicious Kid-Size Package Offer. If additional offers are released for your dates, compare those as well. Always double-check to be sure the number of nights and theme park ticket days are the same when you are comparing prices and, remember to add a comparable dining plan if the comparison plan does not include free dining.

    Carla, since I am always determined to make our advanced dining reservations 180 days prior to our trip for the length of our stay (up to 10 days), I reserve a vacation package prior to that 180 day mark. If a better special offer is released after I have made the reservation, I call to ask if the special offer can be applied to my existing reservation. Although there is no guarantee that the special offer can be applied to an existing reservation, it is worth asking. For us, it is most important to have our preferred resort hotel and room type, so we reserve early!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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