7 Pointers Most People Don’t Know About Free Dining at Walt Disney World

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!

7. 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!

6. 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.

5. 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 or Moderate Resort you will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan. If staying at a Deluxe Resort, guests will receiving the standard Disney Dining Plan. With the money you are saving in food it is worth the splurge to upgrade your resort to Deluxe and in turn you will upgrade your dining package!

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

4. 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!

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3. 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.

2. Specialty Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are included

Alcohol is included in Disney Dining Plans. You don’t have to get an alcoholic beverage to enjoy this new perk. Disney is allowing for “specialty beverages” which do include alcoholic drinks for guests 21 and up, or non-alcoholic specialty beverages like milkshakes for guests of any age.

1. Get a drink to take to the park

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 14 years and has 5 children. All 7 Blanchards are infatuated with Disney World! Their Disney Infatuation started after his wife, Esme, convinced him to take their then four children (7 and under) to Disney in December of 2010. She had grown up going to Disney and wanted her own children to experience the magic! He told her that they could go once, but he didn't know why on earth he needed to use a whole week of his vacation time. There were only 4 parks! After walking down Main Street for the first time, Brandon looked at his wife and he started the next sentence with the most magical four words: “When we come back…” Disney World has become their happy place and can make everything right! After a series of corporate relocations, Brandon jumped on one that would move his family to Central Florida permanently in 2015. Professionally, Brandon is a manager for a Technical Support Company. Esme homeschools their 5 children who think it is SO COOL that they have the freedom and flexibility to visit theme parks weekly!