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  • On Jul 20, 2013
    Lisa Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning for a trip to Disney in October of 2014. I have seen people mention "Free Dining" in the fall a few times. What is this and is this an option every fall? What dates exactly?

    Hi, Lisa! October is one of my most favorite months to visit Walt Disney World Resort! Many Guests like to take advantage of the "Free Dining" offers. Right now there is a Disney Free Dining promotion available for select dates from September 2 through September 25, 2013. Historically speaking, Free Dining offers for the fall and winter season (select dates in October, November and December) have been announced in July or August. However, Disney did not offer Free Dining beyond September last year (2012); so far for 2013 they have not announced an extension of the Free Dining offer beyond the 25th of September.

    Here's how the Free Dining Plan offer works: When you purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets; minimum 5-night/6-day stay) at select Disney Resort hotels, you receive a free Disney Dining Plan with "entitlements" (credits) for meals at select Walt Disney World restaurants. 

    With the Free Dining offer you will be paying rack rate (full price) for your resort room stay. Free Dining can be a great deal if you plan to stay at a Value Resort. I have personally found, though, that a room-only discount offer (of anywhere between 20% to 35%) is typically a more cost-effective way to go if staying at a Deluxe Resort. For a Moderate Resort stay, you'll want to compare the two types of offers (Free Dining and Room-Only) to see which would be the better option for your family. 

    I highly recommend working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. These travel professionals will keep an eye out for the best deals for you and will not charge you for their services. 

    Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions! We're here to help! 
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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