In a turn-about from what was expected to be the new Disney position, Walt Disney World has recently announced that the Free Dining promotion will be offered for many time-slots well into 2011.
This comes after Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger announced late last year that the Disney discounts would be fewer and farther between in response to investor concerns that the Disney Parks were not making much money. Lackluster profits were somewhat of a surprise since attendance in the parks and room reservations remained at acceptable levels. Disney, however, blamed the poor returns on the necessity to discount.
“We’ll be able to continue to dial that back over the latter part of 2010,” said Disney Executive Bob Iger about the stream of Disney discounts the company had been offering.
“We’re not concerned about weaning ourselves and the marketplace of the discounts,” Iger continued.
Evidently, as with many good plans, the reality of the market-place must not have been conducive to the new philosophy. Disney has continued to offer several discounts since Iger made his statements and this latest Free Dining option is just another example.
For those interested in the special, it is being operated very similar to the recent Free Dining offers. Those opting to stay at a value resort can choose to get the Quick Service Dining plan for free. Those staying at a moderate or deluxe resort can obtain the Basic Dining Plan for free.
This special may not be combined with other special offers so potential guests will want to search out the best option for themselves. Disney usually has other specials including discounted rooms. Also, to obtain the Free Dining, guests must book a Magic-Your-Way Package which also includes your park tickets.
The new special is valid for most arrivals on the following dates:
- October 1 – October 7
- October 22 – October 28
- November 12 – November 18
- November 27 – December 2
- December 10 – December 21
- January 1 – January 5
- January 9 – January 13
- January 21 – February 3
- February 11 – February 17
- February 25 – March 3
- May 27 – June 2
- August 19 – September 29
Also, the number of rooms available for the special offers is limited, so those interested will want to book as soon as they are certain of their plans to avoid disappointment.