Walt Disney World has not yet announced 2014 free dining dates for the general public, but we have reason to believe that Free Dining may be offered to Disney Visa credit card holders beginning on May 1 for arrival dates the entire month of September, with the possibility of some blockout dates. The general public would then be able to book Free Dining packages approximately 3-4 days later. Given that the bounceback offer covered the entire month of September 2014 (and last few days of August–which also might be included in this promo), we aren’t too surprised by the earlier than normal start-date. However, we would expect a later end-date, which likely means that this is going to be the “Late Summer 2014″ Free Dining offer, with a “Early Winter 2014″ covering dates in October through December 2014 to be announced at a later time.
If you will be traveling during these dates, we highly recommend making Advance Dining Reservations now, before the promotion is announced and everyone gobbles up the good ADRs. You also might want to start preparing September travel dates that might work and be ready to call (or have your travel agent call) bright and early on the morning the promotion is released to book it. Some popular/low capacity resorts (like Port Orleans French Quarter and Art of Animation, if it’s even offered for these resorts) book up fast.
It is important to remember at this point that these dates are purely rumor at this point–nothing has been confirmed by Disney. However, by looking at dates from past years, we can get an idea of when the discount will likely be offered, as the dates are typically substantially similar (minus differences in blockout dates) each year. Walt Disney World last ran its “Free Dining” promotion for Fall & Winter 2013 guests with arrival dates most nights between September 29, 2013 and December 22, 2013. At present, there are no 2014 Free Dining dates for the general public, although it is expected that dates will be announced in late spring 2014. When the promotion is offered, Value Resort guests receive the Quick Service Disney Dining Plan during the promotion, and all other guests receive the standard Disney Dining Plan.
See below for block out dates and details for the previous Fall/Winter 2013 Free Disney Dining Plan promotion. Barring a substantial change in strategy, expect similar dates for 2014. (more…)