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[Walt Disney World] Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer for Select dates this fall

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cbrunett wrote:
Apr 24th, 2017 10:03 am
I think a lot of people are booking the Value resort and upgrading to the "regular" Disney Dining Plan (which includes 1 Table Service/day). Getting a Value Resort + upgrading to the DDP is similar in price to a Moderate resort with just the Quick Service Dining Plan (Counter service meals) under the current promotion (depends as well on number of people in your party). Keep in mind that Value resort rooms are much smaller in size than Moderate Hotels. If you plan to only sleep in your room after long days in the park, Value might work for you. If you plan to spend more time at the resort, than Moderates might be better.

There is a lot of construction going on at Moderate Resorts. Caribbean Beach Resort and Corondo Springs have lots of rooms out of action. With fewer Moderate Rooms, I think Disney feels they won't have as many vacancies this year in this category.

Also word is Disney would love to get ride of this promo. Each year it becomes a little less enticing. I suspect this is Disney's way of phasing it out.
How much extra is it to upgrade to the "regular" dining plan from the free/included quick service one? Any ideas?
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mself084 wrote:
Apr 24th, 2017 8:42 am
Curious if anyone has done the math on discounted tickets (option 1) vs paying full price but getting a meal plan (option 2)? It's about $900 difference for us (family of 3), I think, for 8 days. Will I spend more than $110ish/day on food for 2 adults and a 3 year old if I pick option 1?
Depends on where/what you eat. Prices range quite a bit at various resort restaurants. Quick service meals (which is what this covers) ranged around $13-17 per adult when we were there a few weeks ago, if memory serves (though you can check prices on the website, as mentioned above). For table service meals, you could quite easily spend over $110/day. But you'd have to do the math, factoring up the upgrade price to the regular dining plan, to see how much per day it would work out to.
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Just booked over Christmas - the heads up is much appreciated OP.

I know its a gong show there over the holidays but its a bucket list thing.
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mself084 wrote:
Apr 24th, 2017 10:47 am
How much extra is it to upgrade to the "regular" dining plan from the free/included quick service one? Any ideas?
they charge the difference between the quick serve dining plan and the table service dining plan, so, if you think that you will spend all day/night in the parks, it worth it to take the value resort IMHO, and pay the upgrade. Don't forget that if you plan to make advanced reservation at the restaurants, plan to be in that park that day, unless you have the Park Hopper option, wich is a must if you have the table service dining plan...
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mself084 wrote:
Apr 24th, 2017 10:47 am
How much extra is it to upgrade to the "regular" dining plan from the free/included quick service one? Any ideas?
I don't have the precise number but it is about $21/day/adult to upgrade from Quick Service Dining to the "regular" Disney Dining plan. Kids (9 and under) is $4/day/kid. So the upgrade isn't too expensive, particularly if you want to do table service meals.
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Stupid question but are the beverages included in the dining plans?
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Apr 24th, 2017 11:39 am
Stupid question but are the beverages included in the dining plans?
Quick service meals come with a beverage, yes. And I believe all meal plans come with a refillable mug that you can use for unlimited free fountain drink refills at resort quickservice restaurants (came in handy when we were visiting my aunt and uncle over at Port Orleans for the afternoon, we were staying at Pop Century). Any other beverages have to be paid for.
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I was waiting to see how the free dining might work for us, we have gone 3 times over the past few years, and have never been within the dates for free dining. We booked for late August, and the room discount vs 'free' dining was ~$1300 CAD (3 of us, 14 days). In the past we have spent about 700 on food and souvenir crap in the parks over 7 days, so I booked with room and ticket discount instead of free dining.

Something you should take a look at if you are going to stay onsite with no vehicle is Garden Grocer, we order from their website and have snacks and beverages delivered to the room within an hour of our arrival:

https://www.gardengrocer.com/
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I used them for alcohol (beer) also, goes in a refillable mug just fine :)


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Apr 24th, 2017 11:56 am
I was waiting to see how the free dining might work for us, we have gone 3 times over the past few years, and have never been within the dates for free dining. We booked for late August, and the room discount vs 'free' dining was ~$1300 CAD (3 of us, 14 days). In the past we have spent about 700 on food and souvenir crap in the parks over 7 days, so I booked with room and ticket discount instead of free dining.

Something you should take a look at if you are going to stay onsite with no vehicle is Garden Grocer, we order from their website and have snacks and beverages delivered to the room within an hour of our arrival:

https://www.gardengrocer.com/
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stunticon wrote:
Apr 24th, 2017 11:56 am
I was waiting to see how the free dining might work for us, we have gone 3 times over the past few years, and have never been within the dates for free dining. We booked for late August, and the room discount vs 'free' dining was ~$1300 CAD (3 of us, 14 days). In the past we have spent about 700 on food and souvenir crap in the parks over 7 days, so I booked with room and ticket discount instead of free dining.

Something you should take a look at if you are going to stay onsite with no vehicle is Garden Grocer, we order from their website and have snacks and beverages delivered to the room within an hour of our arrival:

https://www.gardengrocer.com/

Awesome - this may have made my decision for me :) They come right to your hotel room?
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Yes, you tell them when you make the order where you are staying and the time window you want it delivered, and they get it there that day. You won't know what room you will be in, and you don't want to wait around for them, so last couple of times we dropped our bags off at our room, headed to the park, and the stuff was in the room when we got back.
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We just came back and had the regular dining plan. After a few days it got tiring having to go for tablemservice dinners every day. The kids hated wasting time away from the rides, and tbh Disney has improved with the food quality at the quick service restaurants, I'm not sure we would do the dining plan next time. And park hopper with kids is a bit of a waste, you will spend a lot of time running between parks to get use out of them.
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kellykapps wrote:
Apr 24th, 2017 3:37 pm
We just came back and had the regular dining plan. After a few days it got tiring having to go for tablemservice dinners every day. The kids hated wasting time away from the rides, and tbh Disney has improved with the food quality at the quick service restaurants, I'm not sure we would do the dining plan next time. And park hopper with kids is a bit of a waste, you will spend a lot of time running between parks to get use out of them.
I guess it depends on your kids. My 5 and 8 year olds loved the table service meals, since there were plenty of character dining experiences to be had at table service meals (plus Rainforest Cafe, etc). The Quick service meal variety got pretty tiresome by the end of our trip as well (10 days total, 6 days in park), and that was with only one quick service meal a day.
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How much time can we expect to waste at a sit down table service (from the moment you are seated) VS quick service?

Also do you need to give out tip for the sit down table service?
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Out of curiosity, how much do you guys tip when you get the meal plan?

The last time we went our travel adviser told us not to, and the bill under the deluxe plan for the two of us would hover around $160 - $200+ depending on where we went. We felt like 15% was too much given how expensive the trip was, and ended up tipping $10/15 every (sit-down) meal. Is that too low? Should we have tipped more, or even not at all?
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