How to Eat Free at Disney World

With Toy Story Land, Star Wars rides and Marvel attractions on the way, Disney parks are only getting more expensive — but if you’re smart about booking your next trip, you can save nearly one thousand dollars.

Walt Disney World’s current Free Dining promotion, which must be booked by July 7, lets families eat for free when booking a five-night vacation package at a Walt Disney World Hotel that starts on specific dates in August, September and December, with limited dates in late November.

Typically an add-on cost, Disney’s “Free Dining” promotion simply adds a Disney Dining Plan feature onto a trip for each guest for no cost, letting families enjoy princess character lunches, stellar views of nearby sights and even some of Magic Kingdom’s most popular restaurants for no cost.

The stipulations of booking Free Dining, Disney Dining Plans and Magic Your Way packages can become incredibly confusing, so we’ve broken down every element you’ll need to know about the annual Walt Disney World promotion and if it’s right for you.

Don’t miss out on saving hundreds of dollars by getting lost in the details.


What is the Disney Dining Plan?

The Disney Dining Plan is a pre-paid meal plan for use on vacations at Walt Disney World. It can be purchased exclusively by guests staying at Disney-operated hotels, and converts money into meal “credits” that can be used at different food & beverage locations throughout Walt Disney World resort.

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