{news} 2018 free dining

Despite internet speculation that this would be the Year of No Free Dining, Disney has announced the 2018 free dining dates! It is back! I know I just told y’all why you should not do the dining plan, but the caveat to my entire post is: unless you can get it for free!

fish and chips

Unfortunately this isn’t available for everyone. To take advantage of this offer you must book a 5 night/6 day Magic Your Way package (with park hopper), which includes both hotel room and park tickets. So sadly, if you book your hotel reservation with DVC points, you aren’t eligible for free dining. I understand the whole point of the free dining was to bring in people during slower times – it’s an incentive – but I’m still sad. More so because our upcoming vacation happens to fall during free dining time!

2018’s free dining is available for stays booked between April 24, 2018 and July 7, 2018Vacation dates must be from August 20, 2018 through September 29, 2018, or November 24, 2018 through November 27, 2018, or December 7, 2018 through December 23, 2018. So, to get this amazing offer, act fast – it will sell out!

Resorts for Quick Service Dining Plan

  • All Star Movies Resort
  • All Star Sports Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort – family suites only
  • Pop Century Resort
  • Carribean Beach Resort
  • Coronado Springs Resort
  • The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort

NOTE: This offer excludes the Little Mermaid standard rooms at Art of Animation, and the campsites at Fort Wilderness.

Resorts for Regular Dining Plan

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Beach Club Resort
  • BoardWalk Inn
  • Grand Floridian Resort
  • Yacht Club
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani and Jambo House
  • Beach Club Villas
  • BoardWalk Villas
  • Old Key West Resort
  • Saratoga Springs Resort

NOTE: The offer excludes the 3 bedroom Grand Villas.

Please note that your entire stay does not have to fall in the free dining date range. Only the day you check in has to be in those dates. That means if you want to go from September 28 to October 3, you will still be eligible for free dining. However, if you want to go from August 14 to August 21, you will not be. It is your check in date  that determines eligibility.


Another thing to note: you really should crunch some numbers to see if this deal is right for your party, because it is only eligible for full priced rooms. There are other discounts available that may be even more cost effective for your party.

QotD: Will you be taking advantage of free dining this year?

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