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General Public Free Dining For Select Arrival Dates August-December 2014

By Dave Shute


Free Dining 2014 from yourfirstvisit.netAs expected, Disney World released today free dining for the general public.

The Free Dining offer covers the following arrival dates:

  • August 31 – October 3
  • October 26 – November 1
  • November 9 – November 20
  • December 12 – December 23

Those getting the deal for a value resort get the Quick Service Dining Plan for free. Those at moderates or deluxes get the regular Disney Dining Plan for free. For more details, see this.

Excluded from the offer are All-Star Movies and the Little Mermaid standard rooms at Art of Animation among the values, Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside at the moderates, campsites at Fort Wilderness, and the Villas at the Grand Floridian.

A room-only deal was released at the same time.

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1 georgina { 08.05.14 at 9:06 pm }

Hi I’m looking for the best price for 5 adults and one child age 6 to go to Disney parks and universal park arrive on 26th Oct return on 5th November first time.

2 Dave { 08.06.14 at 9:52 am }

Georgina, check out Undercover Tourist:

3 Shona { 08.07.14 at 11:49 pm }

Hi Dave, we have followed all your itinerary advice for our trip end of Sept/oct but OMG have just realised that Frozen Summer Fun has been extended to 28 September which is our first day at WDW! It’s a Sunday so we had already booked the HOB gospel brunch for 1pm. We have a park hopper ticket though and were planning on being at HS anyway for Fantasmic package at 5.25pm. We arrive at our hotel as early as we want that day as coming from Seaworld hotel. Do you think we could do 11 am parade of Anna and Elsa then go to Gospel brunch at 1pm then come back after brunch to fit in the Frozen show? Do u think we would be best to buy the package tickets so can choose our show time? Also we could then do dessert party and fireworks but how does this fit around Fantasmic??? Maybe
that is why park is open late that day? Our kids are Frozen freaks and would love this. Your advice on how we can do it would be so so so appreciated!!!
Shona 🙂

4 Dave { 08.08.14 at 11:01 am }

Hi Shona you could get to DTD in time but you’d need a car or cab–the WDW buses don’t go from the parks to DTD. If the fireworks schedule stays as is, Fantasmic will be over that night well befroe they begin…

5 shona { 08.09.14 at 1:03 am }

Hi Dave, thanks for this – very helpful regarding transport issues! Just wondering what your thoughts are on the Frozen package because of day we are going? I read something by Josh where he said it wasn’t necessary as you could get a good spot on the parade or a time for the show. However, in our situation we are going on Sunday, 28 Sept (which is our first WDW day and the last day of the extended Frozen event). This day is not recommended at HS either as a day to visit according to Josh because of the evening extra magic hours (7.30 – 9.30pm however is this irrelevant now given Frozen fireworks will mean park stays open late anyway)??. Do you think we should therefore buy the package if it is going to be really crowded as we won’t get there till 10amish and don’t want to miss out on a show time for later in the day after our Gospel Brunch and between our Fantasmic booking (which is 5.45pm I noticed). Would love your advice again. Just love all your info here and in your book – you are fabulous!

6 Dave { 08.10.14 at 9:54 am }

Oh Shona, honestly I don’t know. I hate recommending spending money that perhaps doesn’t need to be spent, and my bet is that given the popularity of all things Frozen that this stuff will be extended into infinity, so that won’t actually be the last day. But it is probably safest to buy the package. I don’t know how the fireworks will interact with Fantasmic nor if schedules will change. I suspect that the fireworks time will be designed to allow people to get there at the end of Fantasmic–it’s a short walk, impeded only by the 10,000 others doing the same thing…

7 Shona { 08.09.14 at 2:49 am }

Hey Dave, sorry me again. Read somewhere (not sure how accurate) that Frozen Fireworks will be held 15 mins before park close (and park closes at 9pm that night) EMH are 9 – 11 pm. If that’s the case we won’t get there in time from Fantasmic which starts at 8pm? Wondering if I should give up my Fantasmic dining package that night and just go with the whole Frozen package instead? We are back at HS on 7 oct so could see Fantasmic that night but there are Bo more Fantasmic Dining packages left. I know u r not so big on this anyway so if we turned up on 7 oct to see it what time should we line up to get good seats? Appreciate your advice on my above question too as might need to book the Frozen package asap before it sells out? Thanks!!!!!!!

8 Shona { 08.11.14 at 4:53 am }

Thanks Dave. Ha ha easy decision when I rang it was all sold out anyway! Crazy hype over this Frozen thing. Anyway hopefully it will be extended and we won’t need to fit it all around our gospel brunch that day – otherwise we will just have to do it!

And if we cancel our Fantasmic Dining package how long should we allow to turn up beforehand to queue to get in to Fantasmic for a reasonably good seat do you think?

9 Dave { 08.11.14 at 8:55 am }

60 minutes for Fantasmic…

10 Jane { 12.20.14 at 9:25 am }

Hi Dave, contemplating dates for a return visit. 🙂 We are military and used the military salute, and we can’t get that again until next Oct. But I was wondering if free dining is ever offered earlier in August than it was in 2014. My kids have off school until very late in Aug, giving us a great window for a vacation when many others are back to school, but their first day is usually around the 26th. I thought maybe that free dining might offset the costs of not having the military salute. Does that free dining special (or any other really good special) ever happen mid-Aug? I am aware of the terrible weather and hurricane potential, and we might just wait until next Oct to see the Halloween decor……

11 Dave { 12.20.14 at 2:25 pm }

Jane, I would not count on earlier dates for free dining–it has happened, but not often and not predictably. As the economy has improved, DInsey has narrowed it discounts, and unless there’s a weakening I would expect the same or less in 2015.

Nor, for that matter, would I count on the military salute being extended after Sept 15… it too was a response to the recession, so the best bet is that someday it too will go…

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