• On Apr 24, 2018
    Jill from AL 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 am a new Annual Passholder and saw that the 2018 free dining plan offers were announced. Is this not available to AP since the offer requires room and tickets to be purchased?

    Hi there, Jill! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    It looks like you will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort soon. How exciting! Isn't being an Annual Passholder wonderful? Not only is it great to be able to visit more often, but it is so nice to take advantage of the many discounts available.

    For the latest free dining Special Offer that was just released, you are correct that it is all a bundled vacation package of room, tickets and dining plan. Here is some news that may interest you though - while you must purchase the entire package with tickets, you do not have to use those tickets during your stay! I spoke with a Cast Member just minutes ago to confirm this information. If you decide to purchase this special offer, here's what you need to do. Once you arrive for your vacation at your Disney Resort hotel, visit the Lobby Concierge desk. Ask to prioritize your tickets so your Annual Pass will be used during your visit and not your new ticket that came with the vacation package. You will then have until December 31, 2019 to first use your new ticket.

    Keep in mind that Special Offers also get released for Annual Passholders throughout the year. Many times, I run the numbers and find that I get a better deal by using an Annual Passholder room discount, then pay out of pocket for my meals, especially when I dine at locations that give an Annual Pass discount as well!

    Enjoy the many visits your Annual Pass will grant you to the Walt Disney World Resort this year, Jill! Please visit us again with any other questions you may have!

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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