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  • On Apr 9, 2016
    Gail from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can you please explain what happens if my travel dates (aug 28-sep 4) fall into the free dining window? What if only half of my dates fall in the window? Do I have to make a whole new reservation? When is free dining going to be released? Thanks so much!!

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. Let me do my best to help you.

    Free Dining. That awesome promotion typically offered in the fall, when you get one of the Disney Dining Plans for free, when booking a Magic Your Way Vacation Package. My family and I have taken advantage of this offer on numerous occasions, and always let us stretch our Disney dollars.

    I'll start by saying that only Mickey Mouse knows when and if Free Dining will be available. In years past, offers for the fall have become available by late spring, so hopefully in the next couple of months we might find out in the Special Offers page.

    With regards to the Free Dining promotion and how it worked in the past, is that it's good for the entire stay, requiring a stay at select Disney Resort hotels, theme park tickets, and provided you arrive during the offer period, up to ten days. For example, a couple of trips we arrived at the last day of the offer in late December, and we've enjoyed Free Dining throughout Christmas. Note that if your reservation starts before the offer period, you will need to split up your reservation. In this case, it's best to make a room-only reservation for the first leg, since you can request the theme park tickets from your second leg, up to three days in advance, at Guest Relations. You'll still have to pay for the meals during the first leg as well, since the meal entitlements will not start until the second check-in.

    If the offer becomes available, you'll have to talk to a vacation planning specialist at (407) 939-1936, or with your travel agent. In the meantime, keep planning along.

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Greetings! I'm Ricardo. Originally from Argentina, I am an IT geek by day, and a leader of the Galactic Empire by night. I'm a husband, and father to two Jedi Knights who share their passion for Disney and Star Wars. Join me and together we shall plan the perfect Disney vacation! Learn More About Ricardo

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