“Free Dining” returns for Fall 2012 Disney World guests with arrival dates between September 30 and December 13, 2012, with some blockout dates (below). This promotion will become available to the general public for booking as of July 12, 2012 and is available to Disney Visa Cardholders as of July 9, 2012.
Value Resort guests receive the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan during the promotion (except guests at Art of Animation, Little Mermaid wing, where free dining will not be offered), and all other guests receive the standard Disney Dining Plan.
Here are all of the arrival dates for Free Dining. You must arrive between these sets of dates:
9/30 – 10/4
10/19 – 11/1
11/9 – 11/15
11/23 – 11/29
12/10 – 12/13
Again, so long as you arrive during any of these windows, you will receive Free Dining for the duration of your stay.
For details about which tier of the Disney Dining Plan includes or for recommendations about which restaurants to book to maximize your use of the Disney Dining Plan, please see our comprehensive Disney Dining Plan 2012 Overview Page!
As stated above, guests staying at a Walt Disney World Value Resort will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan during this promotion (except Art of Animation Little Mermaid). Other ‘rules’ are the same as other free dining promotions in the past: guests can upgrade from the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan to the (standard) Disney Dining Plan or the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan if they pay the difference. The upgrade cost for the standard Disney Dining Plan is $16.55 per adult and $3 per child per night. The Deluxe Disney Dining Plan upgrade cost is $51 per adult and $12 per child per night. Guests at Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts can upgrade to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan for $34 per adult and $9 for children per night. A three night minimum stay required with a maximum stay of fourteen nights. The only other requirement is that you must purchase a 2 day basic Magic Your Way park ticket per person on the reservation.
If you intend to take advantage of this offer, we highly recommend that you book your Advance Dining Reservations now, before even booking your travel. You can always cancel dining reservations later, but you can’t book reservations at restaurants with no availability!
If you plan on getting the Disney Dining Plan check out these other Walt Disney World food posts to maximize your Disney Dining Plan value:
To determine which restaurants to book, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews.
This is certainly good news for those who are fans of the “free” dining promotion! Let us know what you think in the comments.