Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 29, 2008
    Jenny from SC 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 are taking my daughter to Disney World this fall Sept 21-24. I know the Free Disney Dining Plan is going on at the same time we will be there. Do you think this will make the parks more crowed than usual for September?


    No, I really don't think the parks are more crowded during free dining.  This is still the 'off-season', and overall crowd levels are still lower than average. 

    However, Disney restaurants and resorts will certainly be busy.  Because of the popularity of this plan, many visitors will be staying on property take take advantage of it. They will also be booking lot of table service meals to use their dining credits, so restaurant reservations can be harder to get at this time.  Another thing you'll notice is that Extra Magic Hours have higher attendance during free dining than they do in, say, January.  This is again because of the increased number of Disney resort guests.

    Basically, there will be lower crowds than there are in busier seasons, but the majority of the people you encounter in the parks will also be staying on Disney property, so you may still find buses and eateries to be busy.

    For what it's worth, we've traveled during free dining several times and we've never had a problem.  It's still a great time to be in Disney!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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