• On Feb 14, 2018
    Katie from IL 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 recently rented DVC points for our stay at Grand Floridian. If the free dining plan is offered during the dates of our stay, will we still be eligible by purchasing our park hopper tickets even though we did not book the room directly through Disney?

    Hi, Katie! 

    The free dining promotion is like having a unicorn wander into your backyard. It's a beautiful and mysterious creature, and it can be a bit tough to snag a room when the free dining promotion is going on.

    When Walt Disney World offers the free dining promotion, there has always been a requirement for a minimum night of hotel accommodations as well as a theme park pass purchase. The plan may only be offered at select resorts and on specific room types as well, and it cannot be added to an exisiting reservation - a new reservation has to be booked in a room that has a dining plan.

    Disney Vacation Club members using their points are not eligible for the free dining promotion, so if you are using DVC points, you would not be able to add free dining if the promotion becomes available.  You can, however, book one of the Disney Dining Plans to add to your stay. I knokw it's a great way for some people to budget food expenses for their vacation.

    Have a great time planning, Katie!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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