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New Disney World Deal; Free Dining Extended

By Dave Shute

While I was caught up in my day job—I just started up with a new strategy and management client, and it’s a lot of work to get it off the ground—a new Disney World deal came out, and another had its “book-by” date extended.


First, before getting into the details of the new deal—the “book-by” date for Disney’s popular Free Dining promotion has been extended to August 1, from its former July 7.

The new deal is a room-only discount that comes in two parts.

  • For stays booked by October 7 that include stay dates October 8 through November 8, the discount applies to “most” Sunday through Thursday nights—that is, Fridays and Saturdays are not discounted.
  • For stays booked by December 24 that include stay dates November 11 through December 24, the discount applies “most” nights—that is, Fridays and Saturdays are not explicitly excluded.

As always, there’s a limited inventory of rooms available, and not all resorts or room types are included.


No resort is totally excluded, but at Art of Animation, as usual only Family Suites are included.


No moderates are excluded, but the deal is less valuable at Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter.


No deluxe is excluded, but you will find not as good a discount at the Polynesian Village, Contemporary Resort, and Wilderness Lodge.


At the DVC resorts, the Villas at the Grand Floridian and Bay Lake Tower are excluded, and at the Polynesian Village only the Studios are in the deal.

Moreover, among those in the deal, the Polynesian studios and Boulder Ridge at the Wilderness Lodge (but not Copper Creek there) are at a lower discount.


Full reviews of each of the resort options begin here.

Go to Disney World’s pages on these deals– here for the room rate deal, or here for Free Dining.

Or the long-standing travel agent partner of this site, Kelly, can book it for you—and she will also check to see if this is the best deal for you among your options. Contact her by using the form below:

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1 Kim Rodriguez { 07.05.18 at 11:41 am }

Thanks for the heads-up. I was able to call and save $200 on my current end of October reservation. Every little bit helps!

2 Dave { 07.06.18 at 6:51 am }

Great, Kim!!!

3 Dom (UK) { 07.11.18 at 7:10 am }

Hi Dave, Thanks so much for your help. I used this site for our first trip to WDW and it was invaluable. I am now planning my honeymoon at WDW. We have booked 11/25-12/9 (14 nights 15 days). I obviously want this trip to be once in a lifetime amazing for my wife. We are staying at Orleans Riverside and I am having some trouble putting together an itinery. I have booked our reservations and can fit things around those but do you have any tips for this long a trip?

4 Dave { 07.11.18 at 8:11 am }

Hi Dom, so glad to have been helpful! In your shoes I would take my “basic itinerary” as a starting point and spread it out with more off days and more partial days. And trade some of the character meals for more adult dining–that’s hard to advise about without some insight into your budget, but see this.

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