2010 Free Dining FAQ and Questions Thread


<font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and
Apr 24, 2006


When is free dining going be offered?

F/D will be offered this year from 8/15 to 10/2. The offer is Quick Service dining at the values and Regular Disney Dining Plan at the Moderates and Deluxes.

But I'm arriving on 8/13 or 10/04 .. can I still get free dining?

Your check-in date must be on one of the announced date to receive free dining. Period. The only way around that is to split your reservation if you arrive before 08/15. If your check-IN date is 10/02, you can get Free Dining for the duration of your stay at your check-in resort.

If I check-in on 10/02 and switch resorts on 10/06, I'll have F/D for the whole stay right?

No. You won't. Moving resorts mid-stay AFTER 10/02 would terminate your free dining.

Do I have to buy a ticket for every night? Can I stay for 21 nights?

As far as what we know so far.. And there is a change in the minimum ticket requirement

- 3 night minimum length of stay... 14 night maximum

- You must purchase a package that includes at least a TWO day base-ticket for each person staying in the room. All persons in the room must purchase the same level of ticket. (These can be upgraded separately after you check in if you wish)

I'm not sure I wanna go, how long can I wait to book?

Looks like 8/14 .. keeping in mind availability will reduce as time goes on.

Will value resorts be included in F/D this year?

Value Resorts are supposed included in this offer. The exact quantity of rooms and at which resort vary by dates. F/D at the values includes Quick Service Dining but you can upgrade to the regular Disney Dining Plan ...

I already have a reservation at _____ resort for ______ dates.. can I have this applied to my existing reservation?

Chances are probably good if you call as soon as the offer is released, you shouldn't have much trouble converting your current reservation to the new offer. You'll lose any other discount you currently have because all F/D bookings must be at the rack room rate for the resort you have picked.

If for any reason there is no promo room inventory for your favorite resort for the dates you've picked, the CM on the phone will explain your options in terms of changing resorts or possibly dates to get what you want.

Your deposit(s) or payments you've made to date on your current reservation will be moved to your new reservation. Depending on how the CM on the phone proceeds, you may or may not get a new reservation #.

Do not worry, whatever they do it should not affect any dining reservations you currently have. If you have concerns about that, call the dining reservation line or check the reservations online to confirm nothing has been cancelled or 'lost'.

But since I already made my reservation at my favorite resort and my preferred dates, I'm guaranteed to be able to switch to Free Dining right?

In a word - No, you are not.

Promotional room inventory varies greatly by offer, by dates, by resort and even by room category. Free Dining room inventory is based on how well occupied the resort already is.. so.. if you picked a popular resort and travel times, the amount of F/D rooms could be very limited.

For Disney Visa holders you may call today to confirm availability and book. The General Public can start calling on Monday.

I'm staying at a Walt Disney Good Neighbor Hotel in Downtown Disney. Can I get free dining?

No. The only resorts offering this are owned and controlled 100% by Disney. This offer is not valid at non-Disney resorts regardless of where they are located. This also means you can't get free dining at the Swan and Dolphin.

How quickly will ___(insert favorite resort or resort type or room category)___ sell out?

Last year, according to poster B-RIDE, most all resorts that showed availability on the first day, showed the same availability on most dates for at least 2-3 weeks.

So if you don't get thru in the first hour, don't panic. Certainly try to make your booking as soon as possible.

What are the three letter Booking Codes for this offer?

For Disney Visa Card Holders :

Value Resorts with free Quick Service Dining: QD4
Moderate Resorts with free Regular Dining: WG7
Deluxe Resorts with free Regular Dining: NF4

And above all.. RELAX ... it's a vacation. Yes, a truly good deal on a vacation.. but still.. JUST a vacation. Don't drive yourself or your family nuts over it.


If you can be flexible on your dates or your resort choice.. or ideally both, then you stand the best chance of booking a free dining trip you can be excited about!

All without driving those who love you around the bend. :lmao:


Some tips on making Advanced Dining Reservations..

I know it's easy to get all caught up in the craziness on these boards.. believe me.. it's happened to me LOTS of times.

But remember a few things..

1) Relax. Its supposed to be a vacation... so if it's stressing you out and you haven't even booked it yet.. maybe you're doing something wrong? ;)

2) Do the opposite of everyone else. Yes.. POPULAR TIMES for ADR's do book up early.. but the off-peak dining times almost always show some availability.. And my number one recommendation for anyone going to Disney - ANY time of year - is try to eat at the off-peak dining periods. Consider a 10:45 lunch or a 2pm lunch or a 3pm dinner ... look at it without the blinders of "Lunch is from 11am to 1pm" and "Dinner is from 4pm to 7pm" -- I tend to grab something quick at the resort in the morning.. a snack before eleven and not eat lunch til 2pm or 3pm. And then I'll have dinner after 7pm.. This makes a HUGE difference in finding ADRs... AND it has the side benefit of assisting with your park touring plans. While everyone else is zigging (eating) you'll be zagging (along Big Thunder or Space Mountain or) on any other ride that have shorter lines during typical meal windows...And when you're eating.. they'll be standing in line..

3) Popular kids ain't always the bees knees. Like everyone else, I wanted to follow the crowds and get my ADR's at Spoodles, Le Cellier and all the 'peak interest' places ... but the last couple of trips, I literally have taken to calling and saying "What have you got in the Epcot or International Gateway/Boardwalk area for late dinner on this date.. " And then picking one of the off-peak availables and eating there. It's a lot less frustrating and I've discovered some amazing menus and foods that I would have never found because they weren't on the "cool kids" list here on the DIS.

4) I almost never book an ADR every day. It's too much .. too much food and frequently too much running around. The one time I did, I felt like I kept cutting off the fun we were having so we could make our ADR. What? Huh? I'm having the time of my life in the Magic Kingdom but I have to stop so we don't miss out on a 'popular' dining destination reservation? That's backwards.

5) Making ADR's is a LOT like making a room request. If you give the reservation agent some general parameters about where on the resort property you're gonna be on that date, you can be flexible with your meal times... They can almost ALWAYS find you something. But if you MUST eat at Le Cellier between 4p and 4:30pm .. you're probably gonna wind up disappointed.

6. Recognize your plans will probably change. I had the WORST Disney meltdown EVER... after I got super lucky and got a 6:30pm reservation at Spoodles back when it was the hottest of the hot - EVERYONE was talking about it. And as we were walking thru Epcot to wander over to the restaurant, one member of my party smelled the Fish & Chips in the UK pavilion and that was it.. EVERYONE wanted cheap, greasy fish and chips. I HATE fish & chips.. I can't stand it. I don't care if it was prepared by some magical dream team combination of Emeril Legacé, Julia Child AND Martha Stewart working off the recipes of the Master Chefs of Europe, I ain't eating fish & chips. Anywho.. after about a half hour of some pretty heated discussions and a few foot stomping tantrum moments... we all calmed down and I realized.. Spoodles just was NOT going to happen. Ç'est la vie.

I know F/D gets busy.. but if you think outside the "popular" box, you can find lots of excellent choices that you would never have even thought of otherwise.

Just a few things to help the F/D 'foodies' make some choices without going insane and pulling all your hair out.

I mean seriously.. what fun is a Florida vacation if you have to wear a wig the whole time cause you pulled out all your hair making dining reservations?



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Not so patiently waiting our next trip to Disney..
Jun 14, 2006
Can you book Free Dining in a Ft. Wilderness Cabin? It has been said that it can not be booked for ASMU Family Suite. I have a friend that might be interested.


Oct 23, 2008
What are the chances that you'd call at 7 am and 10 am on the same day and get the exact same CRO agent? It happened to me just now...... even the agent was SHOCKED!

FD here we come!


Earning My Ears
Nov 5, 2009
It's $10/adult/day to go from Quick Service Dining to Regular Dining.....but what about regular dining to deluxe dining? Is it just the difference in price? Thanks.
  • CanadianGuy

    <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and
    Apr 24, 2006
    It is the difference in price .. but because there are sometimes different prices for different dates.. (Holiday Dining Surcharge) call to confirm the exact upgrade cost for your situation.


    Earning My Ears
    Apr 6, 2010
    Looking for this but can't seem to see it anywhere else -
    I see that QSDP is offered for value - do we know what is offered for deluxe?
  • CanadianGuy

    <font color=green><br><br><font color=blue>Me and
    Apr 24, 2006
    Looking for this but can't seem to see it anywhere else -
    I see that QSDP is offered for value - do we know what is offered for deluxe?
    It's up above.. QSDP at the values, Regular Dining at Mod & Deluxe..


    DIS Veteran
    Oct 20, 2008
    Does anyone remember when FD was extended last year from October through the end of the year? I'm hoping for that this year..


    Is there anything better than Free Dining and Fast
    Jul 12, 2007
    Does anyone remember when FD was extended last year from October through the end of the year? I'm hoping for that this year..
    The fall free dining offer was not "extended" last year. A totally separate free dining code and offer came out for October - mid December dates in late summer 2009.


    DIS Veteran
    Mar 12, 2010
    Just saw the promotion on Disneyrewards.com now they have a chart that breaks down the price per day depending on what level resort...it says 60.00 per day per person. Is that including the tax on tickets and hotel stay? Also what does 1 junior and 1 child mean? My son is 3 and daugther is 7, arent they both children?


    Aug 7, 2009
    Thank you for all the Free Dining info. We had our trip booked for Sept.30-Oct.8 and had already applied the room discount hoping that Free Dining would come out. My prayers were answered! I called and wasn't on the line for more than 5 minutes. MNSSHP tickets were on sale today as well and I got those! My ADRs have been made (got all that I wanted). Now all I have to do is wait until September.

    TDC Nala

    1937, what a year that was
    Jun 22, 2001
    "Juniors" are between 10 and 17. They are old enough to count as adults for tickets and dining, but too young to kick in the extra adult charge for the resort room. That's all the "junior" designation applies to.


    DIS Veteran
    Mar 13, 2009
    Tell me about rack rate, please. Does that mean at the full price rate with absolutely no discount; or, does that mean the rate at the time of the vacation?. Maybe season is what I'm thinking. Anybody done this yet?? TIA:goodvibes:goodvibes


    Sep 11, 2009
    I noticed that is says 6 days/5 nights. What if your trip is longer than that? Do you still get FD for the extra nights as long as you book the whole package together? Also can you do the Disney Visa code online booking on Diseny's website or do you have to call the phone number to book the whole thing?