Walt Disney World Finally Releases Free Dining Promotion Dates

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It is that time again!  The much anticipated Free Dining promotion that Walt Disney World typically offers in the fall each year.  This promotion gives guests a free dining plan with the ability to pay to upgrade to Deluxe Dining for a select packages.  The package is typically for a minimum vacation package at select resorts that also includes park hopper tickets.  Walt Disney World only offers a select amount for each class of room at each of the available resorts, so you have to act fast in order to take advantage of one of these promotions. We have the official details for the 2017 promotion.


Here is what you need to know:

  • You MUST book your trip by July 7th in order to take advantage of the promotion.
  • The dates for the promotion are as follows:
    • August 21st – September 30th
    • November 14th – November 20th
    • November 25th – November 27th
    • December 8th – December 23rd
  • If you are from Canada or a Disney Visa Cardholder, you can book from August 13th.
  • The offer excludes the following rooms:
    • Fort Wilderness campsites
    • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
    • All 3-bedroom villas
    • Disney’s Polynesian Village bungalows
  • If you stay at a Value or Moderate class of resort, guests will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan for free.
  • If you stay at a Deluxe class of resort, guests will receive the Disney Dining Plan for free.
  • In order to be eligible for the promotion, you must book a stay of at least 3 nights and no more than 14 nights.
  • You must purchase as least a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World Ticket with a Park Hopper and/or Park Hopper Plus option added to the ticket, for each member of your party.

The free dining promotion is extremely popular, but it may not always make sense for your family depending on your dining habits, what type of rooms you typically stay in and what type of tickets you purchase.  It would be a good idea to price out how you would book the vacation normally and how it nets out with the free dining promotion to see what works best for you.  An authorized Disney travel agent can also assist with this.  For many families, the free dining offer is a huge incentive and helps decrease the cost of the vacation!

You will want to act fast, as the number of offers are limited and this is the most popular offer that Disney releases!

Who will be booking a free dining package this year?


About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!