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[Walt Disney World] Disney World Free Dining Offer for Fall/Winter 2019

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Disney World Free Dining Offer for Fall/Winter 2019

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Was surprised to see this offer come back, especially with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening up just before the first dates this is available for. Similar to previous promotions you'll need to book a non-discounted 5-night resort room + park hopper ticket package to get free dining.

Value and Moderate resorts: Free Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan
Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts: Free Disney Dining Plan

Your stay has to start during one of these date ranges to qualify:

  • September 1 through September 18, 2019
  • November 17 through November 27, 2019
  • December 8 through December 23, 2019

Full fine print and details can be found on the Disney website.

Free dining doesn't always work out to be the best deal, but it can for larger groups or big eaters. There's also a new resort room offer that also just came out where you can save up to 20% off your room (you can't use this discount on the free dining offer).
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If you're planning to go to Disney, the dinning plan is a must. As a veteran of going to Disney World we simply don't go if we can't get the dinning plan.

The Quick Service is evolved a lot of the years and no longer just Hotdogs and Hamburgers. While the Deluxe Dinning has some of the best restaurant food you'll ever taste.

If anyone needs suggestions on places to eat in a specific park, feel free to msg me.
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With the Canadian dollar where it's at relative to the USD, Disney has become really tough to justify. I love Disney World - we did it in 2011 - two adults, 1 kid at the caribbean beach resort, full meal plan, flight, car rental for around $3500 for one week, including 5 days of park passes. Three years later that trip would have been more than $6000, so we ended up staying off resort, no meal plan. Still more expensive than the first time.

I've also found that "free dining" isn't actually free. The base price of the room jumps up somewhat as soon as you choose free dining.

But if you have young kids (or even if you don't), DW is a must see at least once!
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This deal is slightly rough since you usually start to book your advance dining reservations 180 days out. All the valid dates are within the 180 days so hopefully finding reservations is still possible. The more popular table service restaurants may be fully booked already but you won't actually be able to check unless you have your hotel booked already.
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Jul 16th, 2019 1:32 pm
With the Canadian dollar where it's at relative to the USD, Disney has become really tough to justify. I love Disney World - we did it in 2011 - two adults, 1 kid at the caribbean beach resort, full meal plan, flight, car rental for around $3500 for one week, including 5 days of park passes. Three years later that trip would have been more than $6000, so we ended up staying off resort, no meal plan. Still more expensive than the first time.

I've also found that "free dining" isn't actually free. The base price of the room jumps up somewhat as soon as you choose free dining.

But if you have young kids (or even if you don't), DW is a must see at least once!
It's not even just the CAD being low, DW's increased prices across the board for everything from ticket prices to food prices this year. Everything's just more expensive, period.

We're heading there in a couple of weeks as part of the summer dinning plan deal, this will be my first time with my kids. I have relatives who went ten years ago and paid a small fraction of what I'm paying now. The price increases and CAD has definitely resulted in the cost of a trip to skyrocket.
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unreg991 wrote:
Jul 16th, 2019 1:32 pm
I've also found that "free dining" isn't actually free. The base price of the room jumps up somewhat as soon as you choose free dining.
The base price doesn't jump, you just don't qualify for any available discounts since you can only book a non-discounted room as part of free dining. Depending on the offers available, booking a room only discount could definitely work out better for some people. Booking everything a la carte means you can save by not having to pay for park hoppers too (unless you really want or need them).
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Jul 16th, 2019 2:19 pm
This deal is slightly rough since you usually start to book your advance dining reservations 180 days out. All the valid dates are within the 180 days so hopefully finding reservations is still possible. The more popular table service restaurants may be fully booked already but you won't actually be able to check unless you have your hotel booked already.
If you're persistent, you can usually find reservations at popular restaurants within the 180 day window. We used to always book right at the beginning of our window but haven't done that in years. At around 48-hours out a lot more open up because people start cancelling their reservations so they don't have to pay the penalty.
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Jul 16th, 2019 2:30 pm
If you're persistent, you can usually find reservations at popular restaurants within the 180 day window. We used to always book right at the beginning of our window but haven't done that in years. At around 48-hours out a lot more open up because people start cancelling their reservations so they don't have to pay the penalty.
Oh for sure, it's still possible to get reservations but you definitely have a better chance at the 180 day mark. Just a tip for anyone booking: I used MouseDining.com when one of the reservations I wanted wasn't available. They send you an alert when your specified reservation parameters are met. You usually have to act fast though. I've checked the alert 5 minutes after receiving it and the reservation was already gone.
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Oh for sure, it's still possible to get reservations but you definitely have a better chance at the 180 day mark. Just a tip for anyone booking: I used MouseDining.com when one of the reservations I wanted wasn't available. They send you an alert when your specified reservation parameters are met. You usually have to act fast though. I've checked the alert 5 minutes after receiving it and the reservation was already gone.
Didn't know about that, we booked most of our dining on the first day at the 180 day mark and had a hard time getting a table at the time wanted for the restaurants of our choice. Chef Mickey seems to be really hard to get a table for.
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TomRFD wrote:
Jul 16th, 2019 2:30 pm
The base price doesn't jump, you just don't qualify for any available discounts since you can only book a non-discounted room as part of free dining. Depending on the offers available, booking a room only discount could definitely work out better for some people. Booking everything a la carte means you can save by not having to pay for park hoppers too (unless you really want or need them).
Correct. I just know I have been caught out by looking at a travel site, seeing one price - then expecting free dining on top of that - but as you pointed out it doesn't quite work that way. But to my point, the price is higher than I always hope and definitely a lot more than it used to be. However, it is the happiest place on the planet :D
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unreg991 wrote:
Jul 16th, 2019 3:02 pm
But to my point, the price is higher than I always hope and definitely a lot more than it used to be. However, it is the happiest place on the planet :D
You're right about the prices going up. I did some pricing just for fun and a 4-day park hopper ticket is $545US. I've got some non-expiring Canadian resident tickets to use the next few years and Air Miles to burn but after that, it's going to be tough.

Hopefully we see more Canadian resident discounts in the future because those are my favourite deals.
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There is really a downvote for "not a good price"?? FREE is not a good price? :facepalm:
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I have my trip planned for August 31, 2019. I have almost all my restaurants booked at the time slot I want, but I do run my own notification service to "alert" me when a reservation is open.
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Going to DW in a few weeks, staying at a hotel up the rd as it's tough to justify the price at the hotels on the "resort"
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Jul 29th, 2019 10:51 am
Going to DW in a few weeks, staying at a hotel up the rd as it's tough to justify the price at the hotels on the "resort"
You have many advantages staying at a Disney hotel... Extra magical hours, free transportation from/to hotel as long as the parks are open, no need to pay for a parking at the parks or wait for hotel shuttle with restrictives operation hours...

And forgot about the Magical Express shuttle from / to MCO airport, you don't even have to touch your bags at the airport, you will find your bag in your room. No heed to keep bags with you, Ssowhen you are checkin' in at the hotel you can already head to the parks without loosing time to put your bag in your room
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