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  • On Apr 4, 2012
    Sherri from IN 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've seen offers for free dining if you book before a certain date....then it'll say for most stays b/t specfic future dates...planning a trip in October, should I just keep waiting for free dining offers before we book...I really want free dining :)

    Hi Sherri!

    There's no real way to know what fantastic offer Disney will offer next!

    What I always recommend is to book the Resort & Package you're comfortable with in terms of price and date. That way, if a special offer doesn't become available for your travel dates, you'll still enjoy the great vacation you had planned and budgeted for.

    Then, keep an eye on the Walt Disney World website's 'Special Offers' section often as well as TV commercials and newspaper advertisements. If a new offer comes out and you've already booked your resort and dates, call (407) 939-7675 & mention that you have an existing reservation and would like to switch to the "such & such" offer. The Cast Member will advise you of availability under the offer and can even help you compare to determine what's best for you! The offer may vary by resort level in terms of which properties have availability or which 'free' add-ons such as dining are being offered.

    For example, I was once booked at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort (which is a great choice!) when a 'Buy 4 nights Get 3 nights Free' offer came out. I called in, but that particular offer was sold out at POFQ. We couldn't receive a discount off our existing package price at a moderate resort, HOWEVER we ended up being able to upgrade to a Deluxe Resort under the new offer and our total package price remained almost exactly the same! We were thrilled!

    I hope you'll visit again soon with any additional questions you may have.

    Wishing you a very Magical time planning your Walt Disney World vacation Sherri!

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Meet the Panelist: Kirsten, Ontario

I'm a Canadian stay at home mom with 2 great kids. I've loved Walt Disney World since my own first trip at age 7. Now, my husband and I enjoy creating Disney vacation experiences with our children as often as possible. Each new visit is unique and Magical! Learn More About Kirsten

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