Exactly what Pete (and others) always say - "DO the MATH, make sure "FREE dining" works for YOU and YOUR FAMILY, and how YOU vacation and eat!!!!.Meh. I don't really care. Years ago we stayed in a value with a free dining plan and it was a good deal. Now you have to add park hopper, stay in a deluxe if you actually want regular dining plan without having to pay to upgrade. And pay full price for the room.
I do think that it's still a good selling point for Disney because people just read "FREE DINING" and they don't do the math or realize that it might not be that great of a deal. I save more money with a room discount and pay out of pocket for all of the meals we want. I just saw someone posting on a local Moms group about how much she loved the dining plan because she got to bring home a bunch of snacks at the end of her trip. Okay fine. If you want to essentially pay $5 for ONE rice Krispy treat on a stick or a tiny box of cookies and think that you're getting a good deal, okay... There will always be people who buy into this and Disney knows this. So I don't necessary think it's going away.
OH - definitely agree - I think we're saying the same thing, only a bit differently. I'm saying yes - plenty of people DO think it's a deal, DO buy the clever marketing, etc. But is it really as much of a value - not only as in the past - but for THEM as they THINK it is? Sadly - probably not. VERY clever marketing, props to Disney on building a superior net that catches LOTS of fishes. My comment was "fishes - do your MATH, if you're ONLY buying it because you think yo're getting something for FREE, or a FANTASTIC deal!" This is the thinking of most of the people I have ever heard talking about getting free dining. And you know what? A lot of them are either newbies, or haven't been very many times, so don't know (want to know?) the difference.Pete’s wrong here.
Free dining is a marketing tool that catches eyes and garners attention.
Will it ever be a value like in the past? No.
Will “free dining” still live on in advertisements s and marketing? Yes.
The hoops and loops you’ll have to jump to will only be extended and pretty much even out to not getting a value once you get it though.
We got it for our upcoming May trip. Just us two adults, going during Flower/Garden.Definitely agree that it's not as great of a deal as the past though. The dining plan in general is probably not a great deal for most but people love that all inclusive feel.
There was Free Dining...it was just released in Jan instead of April/May. I booked it for Sept!In the latest podcast, Pete (I believe) made mention of no free dining again, unless a recession. I assume he means EVER and not just this season? Am I correct? If so, what are others thoughts on this...