EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 11, 2016
    Lindsey from ON 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 planning our First Trip in Oct/2016!! So Excited !! we want to go to Mickeys not so scary Halloween Party. what is the earliest I can book? Also when does Disney offer the Free Dinning Package normally? and are the Dinning plans worth it?

    Hi Lindsey! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My kids love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade will get you in the Halloween Spirit. The song is so catchy you may find yourself singing along. If I am remembering correctly, tickets for the 2015 party went on sale in April 2015. Typically it seems as if tickets go on sale approximately six months before the party start date, but keep in mind that this release date for tickets is not set in stone.

    The Disney Dining Plan in my opinion is worth the cost especially if you want to experience Character dining and also other table service options. These tend to be pretty pricey out of pocket. My family takes advantage of the Disney Dining Plan on each of our visits. Not only do I feel that this plan is worth it, but it also helps us to better budget out our money as it takes a lot of the guesswork out of how much meals will cost. The Disney Dining Plan includes one quick service meal per guest per day, one table-service meal per guest per day, and one snack per guest per day. When you are on the Disney Dining Plan, I highly recommend make dining reservations for any of your table service meals. Dining reservations can be made starting 180 days before your arrival.

    Last year “Free Dining” was offered for select dates and Resort hotels for the Fall. Typically space is very limited and dates and eligible Resort hotels are all based on availability. I suggest that you keep checking the Special Offers section of the Disney website. If you have already booked your vacation package and Free Dining is announced, you can call the reservation line and see if you can apply this special offer to your existing package!

    I hope that I have helped to answer your question. Please stop back and see us real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

I am a mom, wife, oncology  nurse, daydreamer, and wannabe Disney Princess. I am always dreaming about and planning my next Walt Disney World vacation. I have experiencing navigating the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, multigenerational groups, as well as with special needs and food allergies. I love helping others plan their vacations and I am here to help make all of your dreams come true! Learn More About Heather

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