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[Walt Disney World] Walt Disney World - 2019 Free Dining Promo Released (Valid July 5-September 30)

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We did the free dining for the past 2 years. Stayed at Pop Century both times and upgraded to the Regular Dining plan that includes the Table service meals. We really liked the newly renovated rooms at Pop. Feels much more spacious and we liked the dual head showers in the bathroom. If planning to stay at Pop, I would recommend paying the extra for the upgrade to the Preferred Pool view room and requesting the higher floor. This will allow you quick access to get refills on Pop and/or coffee/tea with the refillable mug. Also, the rooms are now laminate instead of carpet so you will hear alot of kids running back and forth if you are on the lower floors.

The gondola should be completed soon so you can access it with a short walk to Art of Animation.

If upgrading to Table service, I would recommend making reservations exactly 180 days (at 4am Pacific time) from date of arrival. The good restaurants fill up fast like Be Our Guest. (BOG). BOG is now 2 credits for dinner but is still only 1 quick service credit for Lunch which imo is the best value for lunch at MK.

We went at the end of September both times and the weather was pretty good at that time. It was mostly sunny and hot but not unbearable. Only had 1 day of showers. We fortunately missed Hurricane Irma by about a week the first time but Disney did a great job of cleaning up the parks.

Another tip is to use Uber if planing to stay late at the parks for Fantasmic or Happily Ever after. The lines for the bus back to the hotel can be very long so it will be worth it to take Uber back to the hotel. If leaving from MK, Uber is not allowed to pickup at the bus loop. They have to wait at the TTC. To avoid that rush, take the Monorail to the Contemporary (its the next stop) and have Uber pick you up there. There were already cars waiting at the Contemporary lobby so our car was already available before we even arrived. It cost about $12+tip from MK back to Pop but its well worth it considering the wait could be 2-3 buses which can take another 30-45 minutes of waiting.

Also, make sure, you book those Fastpasses at the 60 day window. The quickest to go are usually Slinky Dog, Flight of Passage, Test Track, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We were able to go on Slinky Dog and the kids loved it.
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feminazi wrote:
Jan 9th, 2019 9:37 pm
Thanks to all of the posters on this thread! We are planning on going to DW for the first time in August (our kids will be aged 7 and 9 at the time).

We would prefer to go when DW is less crowded so August sounds like the best time to go for us . . .

Thanks again, this thread has been very helpful and we really want the girls' first trip to DW to be special! Neither of us have been to DW either as neither of our families had the money to go when we were young so we are very happy that we can take our daughters when they are young.
1. If you are going in August, try to go after mid-August as most of the American states start school in mid-August so the parks are decidedly less crowded.

2. Since you are spending most of your time in Parks anyways and using the hotel as a place to sleep the All-Star Resorts are fine for the purpose. Why pay the extra dollars as there isn't much added benefit. When the crowds are light the buses aren't crowded much either except at Park Closing but then every bus at that time will be full. I think when we went last August each All-Star Resort had their own dedicated bus during the busy periods rather than one bus serving all three All-Star Resorts. If Disney switches back to just one bus picking up/dropping off at the 3 resorts, note that All-Star Sports is the first stop if you want a greater chance of getting a seat.

3. You are upgrading to the sit down table Dining Plan. Since you are booked in a Disney hotel, you get to book all your Advanced Dining Reservations at 180 days from your date of arrival + 10 days. This is a big deal as reservations at the popular Disney restaurants especially character dining and those in the parks go fast. Do your research on which sit-down restaurants you want to book and have them ready on the 180th day and reserve them ASAP (booking is free and you can change or cancel them) More info on how best to use ADR. Do not skip this as finding an open table at a restaurant in Disney without a reservation, especially when Free Dining is offered will be practically impossible. If you try to just show up at a restaurant that day and ask for a table, you will likely be told there are none available or the next available time may be over an hour away.

4. Since you are booked in a Disney hotel, you have the benefit of booking all 3 of your FastPasses, 60 days from the date of your arrival. FastPasses are free with your Disney park ticket. Again there is strategy to using them as some rides are way more popular than others and with a FastPass you get to skip the wait line. Don't waste using Fastpasses for rides where the average wait time is 30 mins or less. For tips on the most popular rides see Guide to Fastpass and tips

5. Have a plan for each park: the park is huge and with so many rides and activities you need a strategy to maximize your time rather than spending it in lines. There are park plans available to help you to get the most out of the park. Disney Park plans

6. August is hurricane season in Florida and thunderstorms are common. Be prepared with a small umbrella or a poncho as buying them in Disney Park is expensive.

7. Wifi is available free all over the park, so install the Disney World app and use it to check wait times and reservations. Also, a lot of people do not realize that you can pre-order food at Quick Service locations using the App rather than waiting in line to order.

A lot more tips and saving ideas at Mousesavers.com

There are Disney Vacation Planning Videos on YouTube or you can order a DVD free from Disney - your children will really enjoy watching them and get all excited about what to see and do. Half the fun in going to Disney is making all those plans on what to see and do...so have fun.
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Jan 9th, 2019 10:44 am
Limit is $2000 or 2500 at the Disney stores per day. The GC can also be used to pay off Disney Cruise.
The last I did it before XMas, they only allowed $1000.00 per gift card. And that was at the Disney Store at Scarb. Town Centre.
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Jan 10th, 2019 2:12 pm
1. If you are going in August, try to go after mid-August as most of the American states start school in mid-August so the parks are decidedly less crowded.

2. Since you are spending most of your time in Parks anyways and using the hotel as a place to sleep the All-Star Resorts are fine for the purpose. Why pay the extra dollars as there isn't much added benefit. When the crowds are light the buses aren't crowded much either except at Park Closing but then every bus at that time will be full. I think when we went last August each All-Star Resort had their own dedicated bus during the busy periods rather than one bus serving all three All-Star Resorts. If Disney switches back to just one bus picking up/dropping off at the 3 resorts, note that All-Star Sports is the first stop if you want a greater chance of getting a seat.

3. You are upgrading to the sit down table Dining Plan. Since you are booked in a Disney hotel, you get to book all your Advanced Dining Reservations at 180 days from your date of arrival + 10 days. This is a big deal as reservations at the popular Disney restaurants especially character dining and those in the parks go fast. Do your research on which sit-down restaurants you want to book and have them ready on the 180th day and reserve them ASAP (booking is free and you can change or cancel them) More info on how best to use ADR. Do not skip this as finding an open table at a restaurant in Disney without a reservation, especially when Free Dining is offered will be practically impossible. If you try to just show up at a restaurant that day and ask for a table, you will likely be told there are none available or the next available time may be over an hour away.

4. Since you are booked in a Disney hotel, you have the benefit of booking all 3 of your FastPasses, 60 days from the date of your arrival. FastPasses are free with your Disney park ticket. Again there is strategy to using them as some rides are way more popular than others and with a FastPass you get to skip the wait line. Don't waste using Fastpasses for rides where the average wait time is 30 mins or less. For tips on the most popular rides see Guide to FastPass and tips

5. Have a plan for each park: the park is huge and with so many rides and activities you need a strategy to maximize your time rather than spending it in lines. There are park plans available to help you to get the most out of the park. Disney World Park Plans

6. August is hurricane season in Florida and thunderstorms are common. Be prepared with a small umbrella or a poncho as buying them in Disney Park is expensive.

7. Wifi is available free all over the park, so install the Disney World app and use it to check wait times and reservations. Also, a lot of people do not realize that you can pre-order food at Quick Service locations using the App rather than waiting in line to order.

A lot more tips and saving ideas at Mousesavers.com

There are Disney Vacation Planning Videos on YouTube or you can order a DVD free from Disney - your children will really enjoy watching them and get all excited about what to see and do. Half the fun in going to Disney is making all those plans on what to see and do...so have fun.
Great summary. Although I would disagree with you on going with the Value. In August you are still potentially dealing with the Brazilian teen groups that take over those values during July and August. They can be quite rowdy and a pain. This would be at the All Star value hotels. Not sure if they have access to Pop Century or Art of Animation.
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Jan 10th, 2019 2:07 pm
We did the free dining for the past 2 years. Stayed at Pop Century both times and upgraded to the Regular Dining plan that includes the Table service meals. We really liked the newly renovated rooms at Pop. Feels much more spacious and we liked the dual head showers in the bathroom. If planning to stay at Pop, I would recommend paying the extra for the upgrade to the Preferred Pool view room and requesting the higher floor. This will allow you quick access to get refills on Pop and/or coffee/tea with the refillable mug. Also, the rooms are now laminate instead of carpet so you will hear alot of kids running back and forth if you are on the lower floors.

The gondola should be completed soon so you can access it with a short walk to Art of Animation.

If upgrading to Table service, I would recommend making reservations exactly 180 days (at 4am Pacific time) from date of arrival. The good restaurants fill up fast like Be Our Guest. (BOG). BOG is now 2 credits for dinner but is still only 1 quick service credit for Lunch which imo is the best value for lunch at MK.

We went at the end of September both times and the weather was pretty good at that time. It was mostly sunny and hot but not unbearable. Only had 1 day of showers. We fortunately missed Hurricane Irma by about a week the first time but Disney did a great job of cleaning up the parks.

Another tip is to use Uber if planing to stay late at the parks for Fantasmic or Happily Ever after. The lines for the bus back to the hotel can be very long so it will be worth it to take Uber back to the hotel. If leaving from MK, Uber is not allowed to pickup at the bus loop. They have to wait at the TTC. To avoid that rush, take the Monorail to the Contemporary (its the next stop) and have Uber pick you up there. There were already cars waiting at the Contemporary lobby so our car was already available before we even arrived. It cost about $12+tip from MK back to Pop but its well worth it considering the wait could be 2-3 buses which can take another 30-45 minutes of waiting.

Also, make sure, you book those Fastpasses at the 60 day window. The quickest to go are usually Slinky Dog, Flight of Passage, Test Track, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We were able to go on Slinky Dog and the kids loved it.
Good tips about Uber. However, Disney has a deal with Lyft down there and those vehicles will pick you up at the loop at MK. We used it last month.
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For those looking at flights, keep Westjet in mind as well in 2 ways.

1. Grab the RBC Westjet Elite card and get $200 Westjet dollars. The card also comes with a $99 companion voucher each year. You earn Westjet dollars on everyday purchases, more on WEstjet flights and vacations. Both the wife and I have one and were able to fly at Xmas for family of 4 for pretty cheap.

2. Westjet always has a Spring sale which includes the summer months. Obvioulsy Monday-Thursday flights are cheaper.

We have not done the Buffalo thing as we have 2 kids under 9, but may consider it in the future.
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redboy69 wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 2:07 pm
To avoid that rush, take the Monorail to the Contemporary (its the next stop) and have Uber pick you up there.
There's also a walking path to the Contemporary which only takes about 10 minutes. The wait for the monorail can get pretty bad too.
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mrtvgame wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 2:34 pm
For those looking at flights, keep Westjet in mind as well in 2 ways.

1. Grab the RBC Westjet Elite card and get $200 Westjet dollars. The card also comes with a $99 companion voucher each year. You earn Westjet dollars on everyday purchases, more on WEstjet flights and vacations. Both the wife and I have one and were able to fly at Xmas for family of 4 for pretty cheap.

2. Westjet always has a Spring sale which includes the summer months. Obvioulsy Monday-Thursday flights are cheaper.

We have not done the Buffalo thing as we have 2 kids under 9, but may consider it in the future.
We just took advantage of this offer and "second" your suggestion.

Also, with RBC WJ Elite card you get free baggage allotment but I forget how much.
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Jan 10th, 2019 2:36 pm
We just took advantage of this offer and "second" your suggestion.

Also, with RBC WJ Elite card you get free baggage allotment but I forget how much.
Yes, luggage is I believe one checked bag per person. Unless you book their upgraded seat options which might give you 2.

Never been disappointed with their service either.

Just US customs at Pearson is pathetic. They recommend 2 hours prior to departure. I would suggest 3 hours.
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Jan 10th, 2019 2:44 pm
Just US customs at Pearson is pathetic. They recommend 2 hours prior to departure. I would suggest 3 hours.
They tell you that if you have a 9 am or something later flight then you need to arrive 2 hours prior to boarding, if it's an early morning flight then it's 3 hours prior to boarding because I guess they have reduced staff during the early morning hours?

We went to Hawaii last August and flew out of Pearson, it was an 8 am flight so we showed up at 5 am, we cleared security and customs in a little over an hour and was at our gate waiting by quarter after 6. The lines were really long BUT I will give them credit in that everything moved very briskly at a fast pace. Funny thing is, once we got to our gate we decided to go to Tim Hortons to get some breakfast, the line at Tims was massive, took us over 40 minutes to line up and get our food... when it only took us about an hour to clear security and customs...
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They tell you that if you have a 9 am or something later flight then you need to arrive 2 hours prior to boarding, if it's an early morning flight then it's 3 hours prior to boarding because I guess they have reduced staff during the early morning hours?
With the partial US Government shut down and TSA officers not being paid & them calling in 'sick', they're actually recommending a minimum 3hrs now to get through US customs at Pearson.
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With the partial US Government shut down and TSA officers not being paid & them calling in 'sick', they're actually recommending a minimum 3hrs now to get through US customs at Pearson.

Oh yeah I forgot about that, and didn't really click that the US customs agents at the Canadian airports would be paid by the US government.
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Jan 10th, 2019 2:24 pm
Good tips about Uber. However, Disney has a deal with Lyft down there and those vehicles will pick you up at the loop at MK. We used it last month.
If you're referring to Disneys "Minnie Van" service, keep in mind they are $25/ride. That can add up quick.
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Wow just read the entire thread -- seems like you have to come prepared and ready. Experienced vets only.
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If you're referring to Disneys "Minnie Van" service, keep in mind they are $25/ride. That can add up quick.
But it's a Disney vacation! Winking Face You pay for convenience.

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