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  • On Jun 9, 2013
    Kathleen Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi. I had reservations for 10/13 to stay on site and for tickets at WDW. I purchased my park tickets separately through Disney a few days ago to beat the price increase. If Disney offers free dining, will I be able to take advantage of that?

    Hi, Kathleen!

    To take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan (whether or not it is free) you must include park tickets and book a vacation package (room/tickets/dining).  You have a few options if you already have tickets:

    -Save your tickets that you just bought for a future vacation as they do not expire until you use them for the first time. (If you added No Expiration, tickets will never expire.)
    -Purchase the minimum number of days of tickets (you will have to read the fine print of the special offer) then use your tickets for the rest of the days. 

    Once Special Offers become available, also check for "room only" discounts, use  your current tickets and pay out of pocket for dining.  With the money you save on your room and beating the price increase, you will probably be about even.

    I know this is crazy - you have to be a math wizard to figure out the pricing sometimes.  Let me know if you need more clarification. 
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

I am a fundraiser/event planner turned stay at home mom. When I am not running to cheerleading practice or a soccer game with my kids, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and of course, planning our next Disney adventure!

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