For those patient enough to wait to make plans for your next trip to Walt Disney World, it appears you will be rewarded with FREE FOOD! Back by popular demand is the Free Disney Dining Plan for Spring and Summer 2011 that everyone has been waiting for. Note that the Free Dining Plan is for arrivals most nights between 4/23/2011 and 8/13/2011. Here are the details.
Purchase a non-discounted 5-night/5-day MAGIC YOUR WAY vacation package that includes Theme Park tickets and accommodations at a select Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort and you will recieve the Disney Dining Plan for Free!
Purchase a non-discounted 5-night/5-day MAGIC YOUR WAY vacation package that includes Theme Park tickets and accommodations at a select Disney Value Resort or Disney Moderate Resort and you will recieve the Disney Dining Plan for Free!
Here’s the small print on this great deal:
The number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package. Tickets are for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Offer is nontransferable. Advance reservations required. Excludes gratuities and alcohol. Children age 3–9 must order from the children’s menu, if available. Some Table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
So what does this mean for those planning vacations to Walt Disney World this coming Spring and Summer? Well, for those that already have trips planned it means that restaurant reservations for just about ANYWHERE in Walt Disney World are about to become REALLY scarce. If you are planning a vacation during the free dining period of April 23rd and August 13th it would be in your best interest to make dining reservations as fast as possible. From our past experience, it will be very tough to get into restaurants in Disney World for peak meal times (like 5-6pm for dinner) so we highly suggest you sit down with your party and figure out where and when you would like to eat and start making reservations now.
Our first reaction when we saw this news of the Free Dining Plan was not good. We love going to Disney and everything but free dining sure brings in the crowds. Since we’ll be heading down to Disney during this time we know to expect larger than normal crowds, filled up restaurants and a little more stress than normal. Although this may be good for Disney, we know better and will be expecting bumper-to-bumper people during a short trip later this summer. Luckily we had made a majority of our dining reservations weeks ago so I think we’re good for the most part. For those of you who have procrastinated about making reservations, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!!
Make your reservations here: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/
**UPDATE: FREE DINING FOR THIS TIME PERIOD IS CURRENTLY NOT A PUBLIC OFFER. YOU MUST HAVE AN EMAIL FROM DISNEY WITH A “PIN” CODE IN ORDER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FREE DINING OFFER. WHEN THIS CHANGES, WE WILL UPDATE EVERYONE.**