Free Dining extended at WDW through 12/21; why YOU care even if you don't qualify
by, 07-06-2010 at 08:49 AM (3418 Views)
Walt Disney World just extended their popular Free Dining offer for "select arrival dates" from August 15 - December 21, 2010. The offer has a number of "blockout dates," so you may need to shift your arrival date one direction or another to qualify for the promotion. According to Mouse Ear Vacations travel agent Mary Kraemer, the offer is valid for arrivals Aug. 15 – Oct. 7, 2010, Oct. 22 – Oct. 28, 2010, Nov. 12 - Nov. 18, 2010, Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, 2010 and Dec. 10 – Dec. 21, 2010.
To qualify, you must purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way package (hotel room AND length-of-stay admission ticket) for each member of your party. If you book at a Deluxe or Standard Resort, you'll receive the "Disney Dining Plan," which includes one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack per day for each member of your party (ages 3 and up). If you book at a Value Resort, you receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, which comes with two quick-service meals and two snacks per day for each member of your party (ages 3 and up), plus a refillable mug to use at your hotel.
Since this offer requires you to book a regular-price hotel room AND purchase theme park admission, the growing legions of annual passholders and DVC members are (as usual) inelligible for the promotion. Even so, the extention of the Free Dining offer is going to have a major impact on dining availability during what is usually a pretty busy season at Walt Disney World, and means that everyone planning a trip during this period - even if they don't have the dining plan - needs to really plan ahead and make their Priority Seating reservations as early as possible to avoid being shut out at meal time.
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