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[Walt Disney World] Walt Disney World - Free Dining Promo Released

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Thatdealguy wrote:
Apr 24th, 2018 11:15 am
Only for Canadians? and is it for the adult as well or just Free dining for the kids?
Canadians get additional dates the promo is valid for. Free dining applies to everyone staying in the room. Kids 3-9 need to select from the kids menu at table-service restaurants.
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Not seeing room only discounts, are they aligned with same dates? I have the Canadian tickets from last year and wouldn't mind using them soonish.
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Promo went up at 4am. I had booked my reservation already in advance and just went in and modified it. I had to change from a preferred room to a standard room in order to get the free dining. Dont understand why as preferred room host more but I switched to get the deal. Was done modifying my booking by 4:12 am.
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The room only discounts are not for the same dates as the free dining promo. To check available room discount dates go on the WDW website and click on see all offers. There is a room 25% off discount offer there and you can check details for applicable dates.
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Was able to book a 5 night stay in December. Thanks OP! I ended up booking Disney Pop Culture with the 1 quick serve & 1 table serve per day. It was $250 more than the 2 quick serve option and we figured we'd do at least one table service meal during the trip which would have cost $120-$150 anyway for 3 people. Might as well pay the extra $100 to get 4 more table side dinners.
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Your booking must include park hopper tickets to get the free dining promotion, if you already have park tickets you cannot get the free dining pkg. You cannot combine offers of free dining pkg with discounted park tickets or room discounts. If you have a family of 5 or more and you already have bought park tickets you could rent a very nice condo or townhouse with a full kitchen (buy groceries & save $ on some meals) at a nice resort for less than 2 value rooms at Disney value resorts. Just for example: Check out Windsor Hills resort rentals, very nice and very close to WDW, variety of condos, townhouses and houses available.
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Jtu85 wrote:
Apr 24th, 2018 1:01 pm
Was able to book a 5 night stay in December. Thanks OP! I ended up booking Disney Pop Culture with the 1 quick serve & 1 table serve per day. It was $250 more than the 2 quick serve option and we figured we'd do at least one table service meal during the trip which would have cost $120-$150 anyway for 3 people. Might as well pay the extra $100 to get 4 more table side dinners.
Nice!

By the way, I was able to get onto the site with Google Chrome just now and bounce around some dates. So the site is more accessible than it was 4 hours ago.
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I did test a booking. If I did Pop Century for 8 days in August with a 7 day ticket with park hopper, if I did FD the cost would be ~$3450 for a family of 4. If I take the room only discount and drop the park hopper, the same room is ~$2900. So basically you are paying $550 for "free" dining (assuming you didn't want park hopper option). If you can eat more than $550 out of pocket in food in 8 days for a family of 4 then FD scenario will work. As I said in my original post, we averaged about $135/day in food last year at WDW during FD. So 8 days, we would track about $1080 in food as a family for that trip. So FD wins out as a better deal for our situation.

That is just one example, every resort, family size, and how you prefer to eat, will impact your calculations. But make sure to run some numbers.
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We were just there in march and had the middle of the road meal plan. With 2 adults and 2 children ages 5 and 6, while we used up the meals, we had a bunch of snacks to spare on the last 1-2 days.

2 places where we found snack credits best bang for the buck are:

-for breakfast, if you ask for pankakes only instead of the meal, you get 4 pancakes and only charge you a snack. (meal is the same thing with 2 peices of bacon)
-Gastons in magic kingdom, they have a huge cinnamon bun about 4x the size of others around the park, and they only charge you a snack credit for it too.

oh, and during lunch, find places where you can order food using the disney app instead of waiting in line. you save tons of time this way!
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couple of years ago, The wife and I did this with Quick Service dining package. We did it during Epcots Wine and food Festival and can use the Snacks at any of the food booths there.

At the time, had we gone to say Mcdonalds for breakfast and eaten at any of the quick service restaurants once a day, it would have cost us more to get tickets and room separately plus food.

The way we had planned our trip, we didnt see any time for any of the table service meals. But if you're planning a longer trip and/or dont want to do everything at WDW, its fine, if not, you're moving around too much to stop and go eat at a designated time.
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having been to Disney World last December, this is really a good deal! we have spent like more than 1000 USD in our food for our 6 night 7 days trip for a family of four with kids ages 7 and 4!
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I went with the Free Dining promo a couple of years ago. It looks like the "value" of the deal has gone down, as I booked a moderate (had a room that fit 5) and was able to get 1 table service + 1 quick service + snacks. The table service credits were useful for the "character" meals, like the Crystal Palace and Akershus, which can be crazy expensive. We went for the lunch at Akershus (where princesses go around to the tables) and it was $230 US BEFORE tip! And the (3) kids had pizza and mac and cheese!! Fortunately, it was covered by the table service credit. I believe Chef Mickeys (where Mickey et al visit the tables), was also the same price range.

Looks like you can't exchange 2 quick service credits for 1 table service either.

If you don't mind eating off site, it will be much cheaper! If I go again, I would stay offsite. However, for our first time, I wanted to stay onsite because of the shuttles/buses and the incentive of booking my restaurant reservations and fastpasses earlier. Eating at the Disney parks is hideously expensive.
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cbrunett wrote:
Apr 24th, 2018 11:07 am
You can't use the Canadian ticket as part of the deal. You would need to buy a package that includes room, tickets, and then FD. That said, if you were planning on going to Disney World again, you can always save the ticket. Say buy the minimum ticket for the FD deal is 4 days. Buy a 4 day ticket as part of the FD package and then save it and use it for a later vacation. Nothing stopping you from doing that.

But with the discounted ticket, a room only discount might be a better deal.

If you are staying on Disney properties, a room of 5 is expensive. You need to get into a suite. If the disney site every becomes accessible again (still showing error messages) then you put in your 2 adults + 3 kids and it will spit out room options. But they will be a lot more.

My guess from your situation is unless you have your heart set on staying at a Disney property (and paying a premium), you could probably save a lot of money (since we are on RFD) by staying offsite (ie you already have Canadian discounted tickets + need a room for 5).
Thanks OP. We don't have a dying need to stay in a Disney property, so probably will go with a offsite. Any recommendations? I'm presuming we'd have to rent a car and pay for parking, but the offsite savings should offset these added costs?
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Jul 17, 2011
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Try Air Transat Vacations. They have a promotion now but be careful not to choose any dining plan. As soon as you booked it within the dates of FD, you can update your booking through wdw account and get the FD.

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