In a move that surprises many, Walt Disney World has announced that it will provide the Free Dining Special Offer for qualified packages on arrival dates stretching from October of 2011 through March of 2012. The announcement continues the Free Disney Dining originally announced in May for the August 28th through September 24th window.
Official statements from company officials in the past had indicated that special offers like these were likely to be a thing of the past. However, bookings are apparently not meeting projections forcing the company to offer these specials.
Disney guests are likely not to complain as Free Dining tends to be a very popular special with the Florida resort patrons. It has been offered on several different occasions over the last several years and typically results in many bookings.
The dining offer comes in two different varieties. Those guests booking a minimum of a qualified 4-Night/5-Day non-discounted Magic Your Way package (with accommodations and theme park tickets) at a Disney Value Resort will receive the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan for free. This entitles all guests three and older in the package to 2 quick service meals and 2 snacks per night of the reservation for the 2011 dining plans. Those booking for 2012 will receive 2 quick service meals and one snack per night of stay.
Guests booking a qualified package at a moderate, deluxe or deluxe villa resort will receive the Disney Dining Plan at no additional charge. This entitles guests three and older on the package to one table service, one quick service and one snack per night of the reservation irregardless of whether guests go in the allotted 2011 or 2012 windows.
According to Disney, the packages must be booked by October 29, 2011 with valid arrival nights shown below:
2011: 10/2/11 – 10/8/11, 10/2311 – 11/5/11, 11/13/11 – 11/19/11, 11/27/11 – 12/3/11, 12/11/11 – 12/17/11
2012: 1/8/12 – 1/14/12, 1/22/12 – 2/4/12, 2/12/12 – 2/18/12, 3/4/12 – 3/10/12 and 3/25/12 – 3/31/12
To book a package, contact Walt Disney World or your travel agent.