• On Jan 15, 2017
    Elisha from MO 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.

    We are looking at purchasing annual passes. However, we like to take advantage of the free dining when we can. Are annual pass holders eligible for free dining or not? Thanks

    Hello Elisha! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Whether booking discounted Walt Disney World Resort stays or celebrating Walt Disney World Resort's 45th Anniversary with 20% off at select merchandise and dining locations, I justify my Annual Pass through benefits tendered.

    No doubt, a Special Offer for a free Disney Dining Plan is a tantalizing treat to those who like to experience the various cuisines that Walt Disney World Resort has to offer.  Historically speaking, the offers from the last few years have required a certain number of days of tickets be added to the package in order to qualify for the Free Disney Dining Plan offer. As such, Annual Passholders did not qualify (unless they bought packages that included tickets).

    In my experience, the Special Offers provided to Annual Passholders often match or exceed the value (price-wise) of a free Disney Dining Plan when you consider paying for dining out of pocket with the 10% or 20% discount benefit. I like the accessibility and all-inclusive feel of the Disney Dining Plan, but I love the value of matching Annual Passholder Resort stays and benefits for dining.

    As the 2017 Disney Dining Plan Special Offers have not been released, I cannot definitively say that things cannot change to allow Annual Passholders an offer for a free Disney Dining Plan. Regardless of what you book, you can always take advantage by modifying your reservations through the My Disney Experience App or by contacting (407)939-1936 if the plan does become available.

    However you eat... Bon Appétit!
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