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Free Dining Promotion is on at Disney World for 2014! Is it worth it?

ImageIf you check out the special offers and promotions section of the Disney World website, you’ll notice that the Free Dining promotion is back. This promotion has been popular in recent years and offered only to guests staying at a Disney resort. Is it worth it?  Not if you are able to get a significant discount on the room instead (up to 30% off) which is also a promotion being offered on the DW website. Note that you cannot combine discounts (e.g. you cannot get a room discount AND a free Disney dining plan).  If you are traveling with young children, you’ll never recoup the savings in food that you would get from taking a room discount instead.  If you’re Canadian and you’ve ever traveled to the USA, you will likely have noticed that food portions tend to be HUGE compared to what we see here in Canadian restaurants. This goes for Disney restaurants. When I travel there, I am usually able to purchase an entree and share it with both my toddler and preschooler (note that I am a light eater).  And if you’re children is under 3, they are not entitled to the free Disney dining plan anyway.  I anticipate that as my two boys get older and start to eat more, this may be a viable option for us if the promotion is still being offered. For a great article on what the Disney dining plan usually costs if you were to pay for it out of pocket and examples of how you could use this plan at specific restaurants and meal times, check out this great blog that really breaks it down for you using specific examples. If you and your family eat like horses and you’re still interested in the free Disney dining plan, read on…

According to the offer on the Disney website, you can get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at select Disney Resort hotels. This special offer can be booked through September 12, 2014.

Offer valid for arrivals most nights:

  • August 31 to October 3, 2014
  • October 26 to November 1, 2014
  • November 9 to November 20, 2014
  • December 12 to December 23, 2014
  • To book or check availability of resorts that fall into this promotion, go to the Disney World page here.

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