In years past Disney has offered many perks to get guests into their resorts. The last time Mrs Grumpy and I went it was buy four days get three days free plus we got a $200 gift card. One of the most popular promotions, however, is the free dining program. This was a mainstay of the Disney incentive program for some time but then it went away for a while. Well it’s back now for a very limited time and only to guests who use a Disney Visa card to pay their deposit. Reservations must be made by May 18th, 2012.
So what is free dining? I am glad you asked! Free dining means that Disney will give you one of their Dining Plans for free. As you might imagine this can save you quite a bit of money.
Unfortunately the number of rooms available and the dates that are open are limited. The dates are limited to check-in between August 25-September 29, 2012. Three resorts are not included, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s All Star Music Family Suites, and the campsites at Fort Wilderness.
Disney offers a variety of dining plans from the very basic to the very extravagant. For those who are staying at the value resorts the dining plan is the Quick Service variety which includes: Two quick-service meals per person, per night (ages 3+); one snack per person, per night (ages 3+); and one Resort-refillable drink mug. For those staying at a moderate resort or better the plan is the Dining Plan which includes: One table-service meal per person, per night (ages 3+); one quick-service meal per person, per night (ages 3+); one snack per person, per night (ages 3+); and one Resort-refillable drink mug.
As you can imagine this can save quite a bit of money and you can get some great food at the same time, especially if you are staying at a Moderate or Deluxe Resort.