Walt Disney World typically offers its Free Disney Dining Plan promotion in the spring, with dates for the late summer and fall vacations made public in late April or Early May. Free Dining becomes available for booking to Disney Visa credit card holders a couple of days after the announcement, and then to the general public a few days after that. Free Dining dates for 2015 have not yet been announced, but we will update this page as soon as the dates are rumored or leaked. You can also sign up for our newsletter to be alerted as soon as we hear anything about 2015 Free Dining dates.
In the interim, here’s historical information concerning last year’s Free Dining announcement in case you’re wondering what to expect. Note that the dates are pretty consistent from year to year, with slight shifts for holidays, weekends, and special events (like Pop Warner), or other things that may be excluded from the Free Disney Dining Plan promotion. In other words, if your vacation dates for 2015 had Free Dining offered to them last year, there’s a good chance they will again in 2015–and vice-a-versa.
Last year, the Free Disney Dining Plan promotion became available to Disney Visa cardholders for booking beginning on May 2 for arrival dates beginning at the end of August through late December, with blockout dates. Exact dates are listed below. The general public was be able to book Free Dining packages on May 7. With this Free Dining offer, Value Resort guests receive the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan during the promotion, and guests at Moderate and Deluxe Resorts receive the standard Disney Dining Plan. Upgrading to higher tiers is possible for an additional charge (see details below).
Note that what follows is historical information that was posted for last year’s free dining, and has not been updated for 2015…
Free Dining Dates:
- August 31 – October 3
- October 26 – November 1
- November 9 – November 20
- December 12 – December 23
If you will be traveling during these dates, we highly recommend making Advance Dining Reservations now, even if you’re not eligible to book free dining yet, or even if you don’t plan on booking it. Everyone gobbles up the good ADRs quickly for Free Dining dates, so if you don’t book early, you will be stuck eating counter service or unpopular restaurants for the duration of your trip. We also recommend booking as soon as possible, as some popular/low capacity resorts book up fast. Also, be prepared to spend a couple hours on hold when you call in the morning that Free Dining becomes available to the general public.
If you need personalized help with planning any aspect of your vacation, or want someone to watch for the Free Dining promotion for you and book it once it’s available–we recommend contacting a no fee “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” (Disney’s term for a travel agent) to get a quote and to help you plan. They get their commission from Disney, so none of the authorized (key word) planners will charge you for booking their trip and helping. Here’s one such recommended Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
Here are the room exclusions: All-Star Movies, Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Fort Wilderness campsites, Grand Villas at all resorts (3-bedroom Disney Vacation Club rooms), Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, and the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, are all not eligible for Free Dining.
If you are wondering which hotel to book for the Free Dining promotion, check out our new Best Walt Disney World Hotels for Free Dining post. It gives our preferred option for each resort tier! (more…)