Walt Disney World Walt Disney World: Canada Free Dining Offer Is Back For 2018 Free Dining Is Back At Walt Disney World!

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Arguably the best time to book a Walt Disney World vacation has returned for 2018. Yes that's right, Free Dining is back for select dates in 2018 and only for a limited time!

When you book non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with a Park Hopper option you'll receive a Disney Dining Plan for free!

The Free Dining offer is valid for stays beginning within the follow dates:

  • August 2 - September 29 (special extended availability for Canadians)
  • November 24 - November 27
  • December 7 - December 23

When you book a Value or Moderate resort you'll get the Quick-Service Dining Plan. Those booking at a Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort will get the regular Disney Dining Plan.

If you're new to the Disney Dining Plan you can read our article, Is The Disney Dining Plan Worth It For Canadians Visiting Walt Disney World?, where we go over the pros and cons of the plan and also how to figure out if Free Dining is the best time for you to book or not.

This is one of Disney World's most popular deals so you should book as soon as possible to secure your dates because there are a limited amount of rooms available for this offer!

To book this offer visit the Disney World website or call (407) 827-7162. The last day to book is July 7, 2018.

Special note: Due to this offer being extremely popular the links to the Disney World website may not work. Keep trying and eventually you will get it to load.

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    • Note if you are trying to get online to book this morning, the site is really buggy. The promo released this morning around 5:30am and everybody just got up and is on the site trying to book packages. You will either need to be persistent (as any true RFDer is) or wait a few hours until things calm down.
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    • Page is already down?!
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    • danomed wrote:
      Apr 24th, 2018 7:24 am
      Page is already down?!
      Stitch ate the page! It should get better as the day progresses.

      Since the website is glitchy right now I recommended calling to book. Here's the phone number that was listed on the offer page: (407) 827-7162
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    • Yeap. I was able to get through around 6am. But since about 6:30am, the site won't load. Keep trying.

      Also if there is no availability today for your dates/resort, keeping trying back ever few days. I think Disney releases inventory in blocks. So if people have a room and cancel it, it doesn't automatically go back into the pool. But a week or two later, Disney evaluates inventory and might release a whole block of rooms. Even 2 weeks or a month from now, there might be new availability that isn't showing by later today.
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    • Been to Disney a couple times but never did this offer. So, assuming I can actually get into the site, I need to pick my dates, book the room, park tickets and select the dining offer?

      Flight I book separately?

      I haven't looked yet, but can this be purchased at Air Canada or some 3rd party booking site like Expedia?
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    • Yes you go on the site and select your dates and the number of people. Then it will find rooms. When the rooms come up, you select the "One Delicious Dining Offer" selection and then pick which room you want. Once hotel is selected, it will automatically move you through the park tickets screen (with the minimum ticket required for the package pre-selected), then you move through dining (which is free, but will give you options to upgrade to higher dining options if you want). Then checkout.

      You will need to set up an MDE (myDisney) account to book the reservation through Disney.

      Disney won't have anything to do with flights.

      If you go to Air Canada, they might have some vacation packages that include free dining, booked through Air Canada, but it is completely separate.
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    • Did Pop Century last summer on FD. Family of 4 - 2 adults + 2 teenagers. I totalled our food receipts up. Basically if we paid cash, we would have spent $135(US)/day for food. We were on the Quick Service Plan (2 meals/person/day + 2 snacks/person/day). We didn't go out and try and eat the most expensive meal. Just ate what we felt like. Now would we have gotten 2 snacks/day/person if we were paying out of pocket. I doubt it. But it was fun to have.

      When I did the math last year, we figured the break-even for free dining was $80/day. If we spent less than $80/day on food, then we could have done better with a room only discount . So at $135/day we did much better. So it worked out for us.

      Basically, FD works if you can stuff a lot of people in a cheap room. Using my example, if there were only 2 of us at Pop, we might have only spent $67/day (half of what we spent) on food, paying out of pocket. So in that case we wouldn't have hit the $80/day food minimum so the room discount would be better.

      It all depends on which type of room, how many people, and how you like to eat. Everyone is different so you have to do your math.

      Having said that the FD rooms will go fast, so there isn't anything wrong with booking now ($200US deposit) and then cancelling later (get full refund as long as it is 30 days before your arrival) if the math doesn't work out.
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    • jumped on it at 5:30 am this morning, got the free dining.
      I already made the reservation 3 weeks ago, but was able to modify it, minus $700 us less for 6 nights at pop century
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    • cbrunett wrote:
      Apr 24th, 2018 8:35 am
      Did Pop Century last summer on FD. Family of 4 - 2 adults + 2 teenagers. I totalled our food receipts up. Basically if we paid cash, we would have spent $135(US)/day for food. We were on the Quick Service Plan (2 meals/person/day + 2 snacks/person/day). We didn't go out and try and eat the most expensive meal. Just ate what we felt like. Now would we have gotten 2 snacks/day/person if we were paying out of pocket. I doubt it. But it was fun to have.

      When I did the math last year, we figured the break-even for free dining was $80/day. If we spent less than $80/day on food, then we could have done better with a room only discount . So at $135/day we did much better. So it worked out for us.

      Basically, FD works if you can stuff a lot of people in a cheap room. Using my example, if there were only 2 of us at Pop, we might have only spent $67/day (half of what we spent) on food, paying out of pocket. So in that case we wouldn't have hit the $80/day food minimum so the room discount would be better.

      It all depends on which type of room, how many people, and how you like to eat. Everyone is different so you have to do your math.

      Having said that the FD rooms will go fast, so there isn't anything wrong with booking now ($200US deposit) and then cancelling later (get full refund as long as it is 30 days before your arrival) if the math doesn't work out.

      @cbrunett is totally on point with doing the math!!!! Buyer beware...

      This "free dining" offer makes you purchase hopper passes to the parks.

      There are day only passes that are less expensive.

      If you have been to WDW a few times then the hoppers kind of makes sense (lots of arguments for and against, depends on how you want to experience WDW)
      but for me, the price of the hopper passes and the restrictions on the dining plan (not all items on the menu are included, not all restaurants are included etc) do not make this a "deal" for my family.
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    • First time disney goer, I bought a 4 day pass earlier this year . Planning to book the swan hotel with SPG points. Would this offer still apply to me?
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    • whatyoulookinatbud wrote:
      Apr 24th, 2018 9:50 am
      First time disney goer, I bought a 4 day pass earlier this year . Planning to book the swan hotel with SPG points. Would this offer still apply to me?
      No. You have to book at a Disney World hotel. Swan is not part of the Disney hotels, although there is some connection between the Swan and Disney.

      There were I think room only discounts released today for WDW hotels. Could look at those and see if there is a good deal for you since you already have tickets.

      You also have to buy a package to get FD. Must buy tickets and hotel together to get FD added.
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    • Related question to whatyoulookinatbud, but I bought 10-day passes to WDW for the family during that Canadian 25% off promo. Can I still get free dining if I'm just booking the hotel now at a Disney hotel?

      Side question, which is the best cheap hotel for a family of 5? We used to just squeeze our youngest in, but he's 9 now and it's not as easy -- also no one wants to sleep with him because he kicks. :-P

      TIA
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    • don't think you can combine offers,
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    • Bishop8 wrote:
      Apr 24th, 2018 10:59 am
      Related question to whatyoulookinatbud, but I bought 10-day passes to WDW for the family during that Canadian 25% off promo. Can I still get free dining if I'm just booking the hotel now at a Disney hotel?

      Side question, which is the best cheap hotel for a family of 5? We used to just squeeze our youngest in, but he's 9 now and it's not as easy -- also no one wants to sleep with him because he kicks. :-P

      TIA
      You can't use the Canadian ticket as part of the deal. You would need to buy a package that includes room, tickets, and then FD. That said, if you were planning on going to Disney World again, you can always save the ticket. Say buy the minimum ticket for the FD deal is 4 days. Buy a 4 day ticket as part of the FD package and then save it and use it for a later vacation. Nothing stopping you from doing that.

      But with the discounted ticket, a room only discount might be a better deal.

      If you are staying on Disney properties, a room of 5 is expensive. You need to get into a suite. If the disney site every becomes accessible again (still showing error messages) then you put in your 2 adults + 3 kids and it will spit out room options. But they will be a lot more.

      My guess from your situation is unless you have your heart set on staying at a Disney property (and paying a premium), you could probably save a lot of money (since we are on RFD) by staying offsite (ie you already have Canadian discounted tickets + need a room for 5).
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    • Only for Canadians? and is it for the adult as well or just Free dining for the kids?
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    • Thatdealguy wrote:
      Apr 24th, 2018 11:15 am
      Only for Canadians? and is it for the adult as well or just Free dining for the kids?
      Canadians get additional dates the promo is valid for. Free dining applies to everyone staying in the room. Kids 3-9 need to select from the kids menu at table-service restaurants.
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    • Not seeing room only discounts, are they aligned with same dates? I have the Canadian tickets from last year and wouldn't mind using them soonish.
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    • Promo went up at 4am. I had booked my reservation already in advance and just went in and modified it. I had to change from a preferred room to a standard room in order to get the free dining. Dont understand why as preferred room host more but I switched to get the deal. Was done modifying my booking by 4:12 am.
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    • The room only discounts are not for the same dates as the free dining promo. To check available room discount dates go on the WDW website and click on see all offers. There is a room 25% off discount offer there and you can check details for applicable dates.
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    • Was able to book a 5 night stay in December. Thanks OP! I ended up booking Disney Pop Culture with the 1 quick serve & 1 table serve per day. It was $250 more than the 2 quick serve option and we figured we'd do at least one table service meal during the trip which would have cost $120-$150 anyway for 3 people. Might as well pay the extra $100 to get 4 more table side dinners.
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