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6 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Free Dining at Walt Disney World

By Brandon B

Most people wouldn’t seem to think you can use FREE and Disney World in the same sentence.  You absolutely can when you are talking about FREE dining!  Most Disney World enthusiasts love this promotion.  If you can time your vacation around this special discount you can save a great deal of money and try some great new things.  In this article I will share some additional secrets that will help you make the most out of this already amazing deal!

6. Most Items Are Shareable

A great way to make your meals and snacks stretch is to pick items that you can share. I never utilize a snack credit for a bottle of water (you can get a free cup of water at any quick service restaurant in Disney World).  Instead pick items like funnel cakes, popcorn, or cinnamon rolls that you can easily share with at least one other person!  There are also several meals that you could easily share is you are not super hungry.  One example would be at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. With one meal credit you can get a half rotisserie chicken with green beans and mashed potatoes, a dessert, and a drink!  Ask for an extra plate and cup and you will be good to go!

5. Rapid Refill Mugs can be filled at ANY resort

With your FREE dining promotion you will also receive a free Rapid Fill Mug! You will most frequently utilize these mugs at the resort you are staying at, but you can refill them at any resort.  If you have a reservation at a restaurant at another resort don’t forget to throw your mug in your backpack and take it with you.  When you get to the resort to eat, stop by their quick service restaurant and fill up your mug and have a beverage while you wait on your table!  You can also fill it up when you are done eating and have a beverage for the park you are heading to.

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4. Upgrade Your Resort

The level of FREE dining you are given will depend on the resort level you are staying at. If you are staying at a Value Resort you will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan, Moderate Resort guests will get Regular Dining, and Deluxe Resort guests will get…you guessed it, Deluxe Dining.  With the money you are saving in food it is worth the splurge to upgrade your resort and in turn you will upgrade your dining package!

Bonus Tip- Plan your dining reservations 180 days before the first day of your trip!

3. Room Service

Just because you have FREE dining doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a night of relaxation. You can utilize two of your credits to get a pizza, breadsticks, and a 2 liter soft drink delivered to your room!  This is great for a rainy night or a night that the family is just plain exhausted from a full day at the parks!  If you have a family of 4 or so, this would also qualify as a shareable meal as mentioned above!

2. Convert extra meals into snacks

If you have been super busy during your trip or have shared several meals then this is the secret for you! Every meal on your plan can be converted into three snack credits.  On the last day of your trip visit Goofy’s Candy Store at Disney Springs and utilize your snack credits for some awesome souvenir candy to take home!  This is a great way to remember your magical vacation.

1. Get a drink to take to the park

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When you utilize a credit for a quick service meal you will get the meal, a side or dessert, and a drink! Grab a quick service breakfast and use your Rapid Fill Mug for your drink.  You can still grab a bottled drink of your choice as part of your meal.  Throw that drink in your backpack for later.  Check out all of your options as you can get juice, soda, and even energy drinks!  This will save you at least $3 per person in your party.

About Brandon Blanchard

Brandon Blanchard has been married for 11 years and has 5 children. All 7 of us are HUGE Disney NUTS! We recently relocated to Tampa, Florida. We are now annual pass holders and stop in at least once a week. My wife talked me into going to Disney in 2010 with our then four children, 8 and under. I originally said “Okay, we will go once. Do I really need to spend a WHOLE week of vacation time?” When I walked into the Magic Kingdom for the first time, I looked at my wife, Stephanie, and started a sentence with “When we come back…” I was hooked. Disney World is our happy place and can make everything right! When I am not at Disney World with my family, my wife and I also have our own Vlog on YouTube. I am always discussing Disney with my friends and co-workers. I love giving people insights to help them create the most magical experience their family can have! Professionally I am a manager for a financial institution. I am very blessed to work a 4x10 schedule that allows me a day off during the week to take the family to Disney! Our homeschooled children think it is SO COOL that they go to theme parks while others are in their classrooms.