It’s been a long time since I could say a dining deal has dropped but here we are! Today Disney has released a brand new discount that’s sure to get your mouth watering. How does money off your dining sound? For this Disney Foodie, it’s music to my ears!
Disney has released a FIRST OF ITS KIND discount on dining and the best news? You can book it right now. They’re calling it the “Dining Promo Card” and it’s exactly what it sounds like: they’ll give you money (up to $750) for dining when you stay at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels this summer (June 25, 2023-September 14, 2023)! It’s not quite the Disney Dining Plan but…we’ll take it!
Curious about how it all works? When you book a non-discounted room and ticket package you can choose to add-on the dining card. Your stay must be at least 4 days and 4 nights to qualify. Once you’ve selected the dining promo that’s it! You’re good to go! You’ll receive an email after you check into your hotel. The email will have a barcode at the bottom that you’ll present at select Disney World restaurants to have money taken off of your bill (or in some cases, cover your bill entirely). You can use your card for snacks. Drinks and meals and is accepted at quick service, food cart and table service locations Resort wide!
The entire balance for your stay will be loaded to your card at one time. According to Disney, the way you use your card is entirely flexible. Unlike the dining plan, you can choose how you use it. Use a little bit each day for discounts on your food and beverage purchases or spend the entire amount all at once and enjoy a meal or two (or even more) for free!
The amount you receive depends on when you go and where you stay. Let’s break it down:
For stays June 25-June 30 AND July 11-July 31
- Value Resort: $35 per night
- Moderate Resort & Cabins: $75 per night
- Deluxe Resort & Deluxe Villa Resort: $125 per night
For stays July 1- July 10 AND August 1- September 14
- Value Resort: $50 per night
- Moderate Resort & Cabins: $100 per night
- Deluxe Resort & Deluxe Villa Resort: $150 per night
Keep in mind that these amounts are per room, not per person so for example, if you check in on July 1st and stay 6 nights at Pop Century you’ll get $300 to use toward dining, no matter how many people are staying on the room. If you check in on July 1st and stay 6 nights at Grand Floridian you’d get $750 to use toward dining. It won’t cover all of your dining but it will help.
The fine print: This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. With a room-only discount available for part of the time this promo runs, the disney dining promo card may or may not be the best deal for you. The answer to that is highly subjective.
The number of packages available for this offer is limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Disney Dining Promo Card is redeemable at select participating food and beverage locations at the Walt Disney World Resort. Locations that are unable to accept the Disney Dining Promo Card include, but are not limited to:
- Merchandise locations and candy kitchens
- Dining locations at Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel
- Dining locations at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
- Dining locations at Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels
- Dining locations at Walt Disney World Official Hotels at Bonnet Creek
With this offer, “card” is a bit of a misnomer, as stated above, you won’t receive a physical card but instead will have an email with a barcode. You’ll want to protect that email like cash because the barcode is where the money is. Unlike the Dining Plan, you cannot add it to your MagicBand.
The card expires on September 30, 2023.
If you’re ready to book contact your favorite travel agent or click here to book with Disney directly. We hope (and suspect) that this is a first step toward bringing back the Disney Dining Plan. It was promised to return in 2022 and didn’t happen but we remain hopeful that it will be back this year. In the meantime, dining discounts will have to do.