Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Aug 26, 2013
    Erica 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 have reservations booked at AOA in Jan 2014.l I know that AOA Little Mermaid rooms have never been offered in the dining plan promotions. Should I switch hotels now in order to secure a room just in case free dining is offered during my stay?

    Hi, Erica!  Okay, there's always a little bit of confusion when it comes to the dining plan and existing hotel reservations, so I'm going to see if this explanation makes sense.  Please be sure to let me know if things are as clear as mud when I'm done!

    Free dining cannot be added to an existing reservation.  A whole new reservation has to be made.  So, when people have a room booked at the resort of their choice and say they "add" the free dining promotion, what actually happens is that a reservation agent books a new room with the dining promotion and cancels the existing reservation.

    So, booking a room now at the hotel of your choice in the event of a dining plan promotion still doesn't guarantee a room with the free dining promotion.  You will have to call back when the promotion is offered to see if you can get a room.  

    The number of rooms offered at each resort with this type of promotion are limited, so you'll want to call as soon as you can to book free dining.  Keep in mind that these types of special promotions also usually require a ticket purchase and a minimum night's stay.

    Have an awesome time on your upcoming vacation!
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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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