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News Free Dining for Walt Disney World Resorts Available from 7th May 2014

Discussion in 'Walt Disney World News & Rumors' started by Wendy, May 2, 2014.

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    Disney's Free Dining promotion opens to the public on the 7th May 2014.

    The offer is for the following dates:

    August 31 – October 3
    October 26 – November 1
    November 9 – November 20
    December 12 – December 23

    There is a 3 night minimum stay (14 night maximum) and also a two day minimum park ticket is required for each person in the party.

    The Quick Service Plan will be available to Guests staying in Value Resorts although Guests can pay to upgrade to the Regular Dining Plan for $18.65 per person per day including tax.

    The Value Resorts included are:
    • All Star Music Resort
    • All Star Sports Resort
    • Pop Century Resort
    • Art of Animation Family Suites
    The Value Resorts that are not included are:
    • All Star Movies
    • Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms
    The Regular Dining Plan will be available for Guests staying at the Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.

    The Moderate Resorts included are:
    • Carribean Beach Resort
    • Coronado Springs Resort
    The Moderate Resorts not included are:
    • Port Orleans Riverside
    • Port Orleans French Quarter
    The Deluxe Resorts and Villa Resorts included are:
    • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    • BoardWalk Inn
    • Contemporary Resort
    • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Polynesian Resort
    • Wilderness Lodge
    • Bay Lake Tower
    • Animal Kingdom Villas
    • Beach Club Villas
    • BoardWalk Villas
    • Old Key West Resort
    • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • The Villas at Disneys Wilderness Lodge
    • Fort Wilderness Cabins
    The Deluxe Resorts not included are:
    • Campsites at Ft. Wilderness
    • 3 bedroom villas
    • Villas at The Grand Floridian
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    There are a lot of people who will be relieved to hear this!
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    True but also a lot of people who will be disappointed that Port Orleans isn't included.
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    Ooh... I didn't spot that!
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    I, for one, wish they would dump free dining and get back to serving us paying customers with decent food and menus
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    Those getting free dining are indeed paying customers. They pay rack rate for the room and have to buy tickets.

    I know lots of people don't like the dining plan but it works for many, many families. Disney is always busy due to it.
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    This is true, but…this promotion does not include the Port Orleans Resort. Now this could be because people want to stay there regardless or that so many booked in anticipation of free dining that Disney thinks the Resort is full enough, which is why it's not available.

    This is a promotion that will never be liked by everybody and I think we have to respect each other's opinions.

    The quality and standard of food has gone down and I think even people who have the free dining plan will agree with this. A lot of things have been stopped or taken off the menu.

    I personally think that the free dining promotions will continue for now but, if this year is anything to go by, they will exclude more and more Resorts each year.

    As for Disney being busy because if it, I don't completely agree, people book their rooms in advance at a discounted room rate with the hope that free dining will become available and they can change. If it doesn't become available for their time, you can't tell me that 1000s of families cancel because if it. I just can't see it.

    I had hoped that Disney would have seen sense and offered a fixed menu for people on the dining plan regardless if whether it is free or not. Sadly it seems that they have no intention to do this though.
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    I think if Disney did away with free dining or even if it did away with the dining plan altogether the food wouldn't necessarily improve. I agree that the quality of the food has decreased over the last 10 years but I think as long as people fill the restaurants Disney isn't going to change anything. I am someone who goes in August because that is the only time we can go and if they offer free dining I'm going to take it. If there were no free dining offer I would consider staying off of the property because for the price of a value hotel I could stay at a 4 star hotel. The free dining makes staying on property a better value for us. Truth be told I think the Free Dining offer is coming to an end sooner than later.
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    I'm surprised it's returned. I had a feeling it was over.
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    They are slowing weaning away from free dining
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    you think? they just added a breakfast back to the UK deal for value resorts :)
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    The UK deals are different than the US deals. Shoot I cannot even book a 2015 package for clients yet
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    is this later than usual then? We only used the US package when we first did it.. back when the tip was included. I wonder if they've put our accommodation prices up a lot more to pay for it but the US market won't have it
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    I feel like it is later than usual. I've got 2 families waiting impatiently to book for late Jan and Feb but no can do. I'm told it will probably be July before the packages are released

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