What is Disney Free Dining?

In 2006, Walt Disney World introduced the Disney Dining plan, which gave Disney guests a new way to pay for all of their food while visiting Disney. You basically pre-pay for a certain number of meals, and it was a huge price savings. Over the years, the savings has decreased, but it is still a great deal for most visitors.

Also starting in 2006, Walt Disney World started the Free Disney Dining promotion, basically giving guests the Disney Dining plan for free for the length of their stay. It has been released every year since 2006, with varying available travel dates and requirements.

Currently (based on the last few years), Disney World has given the Quick Service Dining Plan for free to guests who stay at a Disney Value Resort, and the Disney Dining Plan for free to guests who stay at a Disney Moderates, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resorts. While not all resorts are included, most are.

Most people believe that Free Dining is by far the best deal released every year, and as a travel agent, I can vouch that it is the most popular and most looked forward to deal every year.

Historical Disney Free Dining Info

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Walt Disney World releases the Free Dining discount once or twice per year, don't miss out! Rooms and dates go fast, don't just hope you hear something, make sure you know first thing!

To help your planning, please find below the release dates of all Free Dining offers from Walt Disney World, along with available travel dates.

2006 • Released April 4, 2006 – Available August 13 – September 30, 2006

2007 • Released April 9, 2007 for Disney VISA Card Holders and April April 12, 2007 for the general public – Available August 26 – September 22, 2007

2008 • Released April 7, 2008 for Disney VISA Card Holders and April April 9, 2008 for the general public – Available August 24 – September 20, 2007

Released September 18, 2008 – Available September 28 – October 11, November 9 – 22 and December 14 – 20, 2008

2009 • Released March 26, 2009 for Disney VISA Card Holders and April March 20, 2009 for the general public – Available August 16 – October 3, 2009

Released July 24, 2009 for Disney VISA Card Holders and July 27, 2009 for the general public – Available September 27 – December 17, 2009

2010 • Released April 29, 2010 for Disney VISA Card Holders and April May 3, 2010 for the general public – Available August 15 – October 2, 2010

Released July 6, 2010 – Available October 3 – December 21, 2010

2010 & 2011 • Released August 16, 2010 – Available October 1 – 7, 2010, October 22 – 28, 2010, November 12 – 18, 2010, November 27 – December 2, 2010, December 10 – 21, 2010, January 1 – 5, 2011, January 9 – 13, 2011, January 21 – February 3, 2011, February 11 – 17, 2011, February 25 – March 3, 2011, May 27 – June 2, 2011 and August 19 – September 29, 2011

2011 • Released April 28, 2011 for Disney VISA Card Holders and May 2, 2011 for the general public – Available August 28 – September 24, 2011

2011 & 2012 • Released August 3, 2011 – Available October 1 – October 6, 2011, October 22 – November 3, 2011, November 12 – November 17, 2011, November 26 – December 1, 2011, December 10 – December 15, 2011, January 8 – January 12, 2012, January 21 – February 2, 2012, February 11 – February 16, 2012, March 3 – March 8, 2012 and March 24 – March 29, 2012

2012 • Released March 1, 2012 for Disney VISA Card Holders and April March 5, 2012 for the general public – Available August 25 – September 29, 2012

Released July 7, 2012 for Disney VISA Card Holders and July 12, 2012 for the general public – Available September 30 – October 4, 2012, October 19 – November 1, 2012, November 9 – 15, 2012, November 23 – 29, 2012 and December 10 – 13, 2012

2013 • Released May 6, 2013 for Disney VISA Card Holders and May 9, 2013 for the general public – Available September 2 – 25, 2013

Released August 1, 2013 – Available September 29 – October 2, 2013, October 18 – November 2, 2013, November 11 – 23, 2013 and December 12 – 22, 2013

2014 • Released May 2, 2014 for Disney VISA Card Holders and May 7, 2014 for the general public – Available August 31 – October 3, October 26 – November 1, November 9 – 20 and December 12 – 23, 2014

2015 • Released April 27, 2015 – Available August 28 – October 2, October 25 – 31, November 8-19 and December 15 – 21, 2015

2016 • Released April 25, 2016 -August 23 – October 1, November 15 – November 21, November 26 – November 28 and December 10 – December 21, 2016

2017 • Released April 24, 2017 – August 21 – September 30, November 14 – November 20, November 25 – 27, December 8 – 23, 2017

2018 • Released April 24, 2018 – August 20 – September 29, November 24 – 27, 2018 and December 7 – 23, 2018

2019 • Released January 2, 2019 – July 5 – September 30, 2019

Released April 24, 2019, for Disney VISA cardholders only – August 1 – 21, 2019

Released July 16, 2019 – September 1 – December 23, 2019

2020 • ?