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  1. Emma
    June 23, 2019

    Hey Dave I priced up for the five of us to pay for ROL Dining Package for lunch/dinner and it works out at US$60 per person (given my kids are all adult prices now) so US$300 for the five of us! Even if we don’t do the ROL package and just go there for dinner (and we really want to do a character dinner) its hard to find out prices but I think it looks like it would be US$210 for the five of us for dinner.
    However to upgrade from our Free Quick Service Dining plan to the Regular Dining plan option will cost us US$108 per night for our family of five for the 6 nights (US$648 in total). At those restaurant prices we will have pretty much made our money back if we just went out for two or three Table Service dinners in our 6 nights!!! What do you reckon?

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    • Dave
      June 24, 2019

      Emma, GREAT point. If there are a few more TS you want to do, then it is indeed worth it!

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  2. Emma
    June 23, 2019

    Wonderful advice again thanks Dave. ROL Dining package great idea for us. And that’s great re number of days at HS and AK – good advice re BB half day and AK half day. Oh you are so helpful!!! Thank you!!!!

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  3. Emma
    June 23, 2019

    Hi Dave, Thanks for this great advice! We are thinking of a 6 night stay and given we have been a couple of times before to WDW and our kids are tweens now (and we have ticked off all your favourite picks for restaurants before) we would probably just want to do one character meal this time. Also we have in the past done the Hollywood Vine Fantasmic package but given we have seen it twice now perhaps not so crucial this time to get the dining package. So you are right, not worth upgrading to regular dining unless we have lots of table restaurants we want to do.

    If we do a character meal do you recommend Minnie’s Beach bash at Cape May cafe or Tusker House at AK as a favourite? We have done Chef Mickey twice.

    Also in terms of number of days I would love to get your advice before we book! Given our priority will be to tick off the things we haven’t done before (our last visit was end of 2016) eg Avatar, Rivers of Light, Toy Story Land, Galaxy the Edge….etc and also tick off the favourites we are thinking:
    Epcot 1/2 day (on arrival)
    Magic Kingdom 1 day
    Blizzard Beach 1 day
    Animal Kingdom 1 day
    Hollywood Studios 2 days

    We only ever used to do 1 day at HS but am thinking will need 2 days do you think to do Galaxy Edge, Toy Story land..etc along with the other favourites there? Or can we do it all in 1 day?

    Thanks again
    Emma

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    • Dave
      June 23, 2019

      Hey Emma, there’s no Mickey at the Beach Club, and you can set Tusker House up as a ROL dining package (and it has great food) so I would do Tusker House.

      I suspect that 2 days will be needed at HS, and frankly (unless you want to skip a lot) you might want 1.5 days at AK. The best way to add that (in my judgment) is to think of BB as a half day, and add another theme park ticket day so that you can do AK that day as well.

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  4. Emma
    June 21, 2019

    Hi Dave,
    I have two questions:
    1)We can get a Free Dining package in our country and are looking at staying at Caribbean Beach hotel which comes with Free Quick Service plan but is it worth upgrading from that to the Regular Dining Plan – for the five of us (2 adults and 3 kids 11,13 and 14) this would be US$648 extra for our stay?
    2)Or we can stay at the Beach Club and get the Regular Plan included for free. The difference in price between staying at the Carribean Beach (and paying the upgrade to Regular Plan) and the Beach Club (with Regular Plan included free) is US$754 more for our stay. Is the Beach Club much nicer than the Carribean Beach for an extra US$754?
    Thanks so much for your help!

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    • Dave
      June 21, 2019

      Emma, yes on free dining. Sometimes a room rate deal is the better option, but this applies only to smaller families. And yes, I would pay the difference to upgrade to the regular dining plan if you end up at CB IF you contemplate you will use all the credits on single credit table service lunch or dinner meals–which may well be too many given the length of your stay. If on even a couple of days you might skip such meals, and the necessary reservations for them that can clutter up your schedule, then I would not upgrade–you will be financially better off paying out of pocket.

      The Beach Club vs CB is a tougher decision, as I find it difficult to spend other people’s money! A complete review of CB starts here. Note that the Disney Skyliner gondola system will be open by your visit. And a complete review of the Beach Club starts here.

      At BC you will find a better pool (though CB’s is good), better access to Epcot and HS, (although with the Skyliner, CB’s access is good too), and balconies, though some are uselessly small. CB will give you better dining (this is heresy in some quarters) and of course the better price…

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  5. Arlene
    February 9, 2018

    Hi, I have been anticipating the rush for free dining, so I am just looking at costs and deals now. When on the website, it looks like they have a modified deal on for the next couple of days. For the value resorts they have one quick service meal available for free in the Stay Dine and Delight good until August 25th. Do you think this means that Free Dining won’t be available until August 26th? I need the free dining to start the week before…..should I take a chance and wait for free dining or book this one quick service (better than nothing!)
    What are thoughts? Our trip this year hinges on Free Dining.
    Thanks Dave….

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    • Dave
      February 10, 2018

      Hi Arlene, it started 8/21 last year.

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  6. Kelly B – Destinations in Florida
    January 9, 2018

    Discounts can be a bit tricky. But I’m here to help you get the best pricing available. Not sure exactly how the whole discount thing works? Take a minute to read this article: https://yourfirstvisit.net/2017/04/06/free-dining-and-other-disney-world-deals/

    Want to know when the next discount is released? Send me an email at KellyB@DestinationsInFlorida.com and I’ll add you to my discount release list. Be sure to tell me that Dave sent you!!!

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