How does free Disney dining work?

Discussion in 'Disney Dining Plan' started by Raya, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Raya

    Raya DIS Veteran

    Apr 24, 2008
    We're looking at a weekend trip, arriving Friday around noon. (We'll 'check in' even though its very unlikely our room will be ready before three.) We depart Sunday around 1, checking out at noon if we can.

    Which Would free dining get us:
    5 meals -- 1 meal on Friday, 3 on Saturday, 1on Sunday
    7 meals -- 2 on check in and check out day, 3 on Saturday
    9 meals -- 3 each day

    Also how would the one meal or two meal days be calculated? Would they be the table service meals or the quick service? Would we still get snacks?
  2. Gantu

    Gantu Oh,,,,,blitznac!

    Jul 19, 2009
    What dinning plan do you have?
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  4. Gantu

    Gantu Oh,,,,,blitznac!

    Jul 19, 2009
    Its only for each night you stay- so 2 days of dinning -
  5. smitch425

    smitch425 DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2011
    Free dining requires a minimum 3 night stay, so you would not qualify for the promotion, if they even offer it.

    ETA: ticket requirement is a 2 day base ticket for everyone in the room ages 3 and up
  6. angierae

    angierae DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2010
    As others have stated, it's per night you stay, not per day. If you have regular DDP, you'd have two table service and two counter service credits per person. If you have DXDP, you'd have 6 meal credits per person that could be used for counter or table service.

    As other have stated, a two night stay often doesn't qualify for free dining, but I can't speak to the exact offer you're looking at.
  7. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    IF free dining is offered ( I haven't seen any such offers yet) then you are entitled to a full day of meals for each night that you stay at a WDW resort. (for the regular dining plan that is one CS, one TS and one snack per day). The credits expire on midnight on your checkout day. Free dining usually requires a minimum number of nights. Depending on the offer, the minimum could be 2 or 3 nights. So with a 2 night stay, you might not even qualify, even if it is offered.
  8. chartle

    chartle DIS Veteran

    Jul 10, 2008
    There are three levels of dining and they are all based on the number of nights you stay.

    Deluxe gives you 3 TS meals a day

    Regular gives you 1 TS and 1 CS

    Quick Service gives you 2 CS meals

    There are also snacks per day and maybe a refillable mugs.

    A TS can be used for a CS but no amount of CS can be used for a TS. Though if you did this it would be a bad idea money wise.

    All the credits are in a big pot and you can use them all in one day if you would like.

    But as others have posted, Free Dining has stay limits and requires a ticket purchase.
  9. TDC Nala

    TDC Nala 1937, what a year that was

    Jun 22, 2001
    As far as I remember, all free dining offers have been a minimum 3 night stay. I can't remember any that allowed fewer nights than that.

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