Right after your hotel stay and tickets, your next biggest vacation expense is food. It doesn’t take much for your food on your vacation to add up really fast. This is why the free Disney dining plan promotion is wildly popular with many families. If you are looking for basic information on what the Disney Dining Plan is don’t miss our guide.
However, as this promotion isn’t offered very often it’s important to note that there are other ways you can save money on your food. We have outlined all the ways here plus we covered some excellent meals you can split at Disney World.
When Can You Get the Free Disney Dining Plan in 2019
The FREE DINING PLAN promotion is back, earlier than ever and including more Disney hotels than ever! All you need to do is book a qualifying package for travel July 5th 2019 through September 30th 2019, and receive a free dining plan! That’s free dining with your favorite characters, free Mickey waffles, free ice cream in the parks, free upscale Signature dining, and more!
The 2019 Free Disney Dining Plan Valid Travel Dates:
July 5th through September 30th
Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort hotels and select Disney Deluxe Resort hotels receive FREE Disney Dining Plan. At select Disney Moderate Resort hotels and select Value Resort hotels receive FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan. For more offer details go here.
Historically we see the free Disney Dining promotion run in the fall. And this is the first year we have seen its release so early! In 2017, the free dining plans dates were August 21 – September 30, November 14 – November 20, November 25 – November 27, and December 8 – December 23.
What You Get with the Free Disney Dining Plan
How much you get for “free” depends on the level resort you stay at. You see the free Disney Dining promotion is booked as a vacation package.
Guests staying at select Value and Moderate Resorts receive the Disney Quick Service Plan, which includes two quick-service meals and two select snacks per night honored at more than 100 dining locations.
Guests staying at select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the Disney Dining Plan, which includes one quick-service meal, one table-service meal and two select snacks per night. Meals are available at over 200 select Walt Disney World dining locations.
Tips on Booking
The general rule of thumb with this and any other Disney package promo is to book early. Disney only opens the offer to a limited number of rooms at each resort. Naturally, the best resorts and dates for Free Disney Dining Plan promo usually sell out quickly.
These promotions go on sale SUPER early in the morning. If that doesn’t sound like something you are willing to wake up for, then I highly recommend booking through a travel agent like Magical Travel. They will do all the early morning work for you COMPLETELY for free! If you want more details on this I explain it all here.
Before you decided to book the promotion be sure you explore your options and make sure you are actually saving money. Be on the lookout for a discount code for 30% off room rates that was also released today. Depending on the hotel and dining package, 30% could work out to be a much better deal.
Have you booked the free Disney Dining Plan before? Do you like taking advantage of the savings? Let us know in the comment section below.
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!