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Free Dining for 2019 is Out!

By Dave Shute

Two new Disney World deals came out this morning.

One is a room-only discount and the other is Free Dining—the best-loved Disney world deal, out months before it usually is, and covering a longer period in the summer, but no dates—as of today—after September.


Book through February 10, 2019

Valid for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019

Package Includes

  • Room and Theme park ticket(s) with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, for which you will pay full price
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages), which you will then get for free.

Among the hotels/rooms excluded from the free dining deal are Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation, All-Star Movies, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans French Quarter, and DVC rooms at Bay Lake Tower and the Villas at the Grand Floridian.

More on this deal is here.


Booking dates and valid travel dates:

  • Valid for stays most nights April 28 through September 30, 2019
  • Save 10-25% for travel April 28 to May 27, 2019 when you book through May 27, 2019
  • Save up to 10-30% for travel May 28 to September 30, 2019 when you book through March 24, 2019

In general, savings rates are higher at more expensive and less popular hotels, and less at less expensive and more popular hotels. Not all hotels or room types are included

More on this deal is here.

Many families do great with the free dining deal, but smaller families in more expensive hotels should compare the room-only deal, as it may be the better choice. See this for more–it’s out of date, but still explains most of the key concepts and savings.

The long standing travel agent partner of the site, Kelly, can book your vacation, and figure out the best deal for you! Contact her using the form below.

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1 Justin { 01.02.19 at 10:04 am }

It is really early. I suspect this has to do with prepping for the opening of Star Wars Land. Cram those people in there!

2 Dave { 01.03.19 at 7:04 am }

I believe there are three pieces to this, all related to Star Wars:

1. The July start lets them assert that they have a comparable number of free dining dates to recent prior years, eliminating blowback on that IF no more free dining dates are announced
2. When Star Wars land is actually announced, if the open is mid-late December, they can add more November and early December free dining dates around that time
3. The July open lets them remind everyone that none of these recurring offers are guaranteed to actually recur…

3 Eric { 01.02.19 at 12:47 pm }

I agree with Justin. They are likely expecting such a lull before SWL opens that they need a boost. However, just a heads up: If you already have a reservation but want to rebook with this discount, ticket prices have gone up.

4 Dave { 01.03.19 at 7:05 am }

Right Eric. Frankly I expect one or two more ticket price increases before SWL opens.

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