Disney Free Dining 2024: The deal EXPLAINED

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A holiday to Disney World is no doubt one of the most incredible and memorable experiences you will have with your family. With such a lot of elements involved, there are not that many deals for Disney Orlando tickets, but there is a small period every year where you can literally save thousands of pounds on your Walt Disney World trip. This is called the Disney Free Dining and Drinks Deal..

TOP TIP: AttractionTickets.com are currently offering this deal with an extra 10% off, so run – don’t walk!

The clue is in the name, but essentially, buying a package (which at Walt Disney World means Disney Hotels + Disney theme park tickets) between now and November and you can eat and drink for free!

This Disney deal is very much for those who want to get in early and book their big holiday in advance. You can only book this deal between now and 7th November 2024 for travel in the following year, but if you plan to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel during your Florida trip – there is no better time to book your Disney Orlando tickets and accomodation.

UPDATE: The 2024 Disney Dine deal is valid for travel within the following dates:

  • January 7th 2025 – April 5th 2025 
  • April 23rd 2025 – October 2nd 2025 
  • October 18th 2025 – December 17th 2025

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The new 2024 Disney Free Dining Deal explained:

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Free Mickey waffles! (Image: passportstamps)

For visitors from the UK, heading out to Orlando can be a trip of a lifetime involving months (if not years) of planning to make sure it’s the perfect holiday. With most people keen to book in advance, the 2024 Disney Free Dining for travel in 2025 is perfect.

There no doubt that a Walt Disney World holiday will be a significant spend and so anyone who wants to get their trip booked and secured for next year can make a great saving. The ‘catch’ is, you have to stay on Walt Disney World property in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel or partner hotel or villa, but for big Disney fans, this is no bad thing. The Dining plan is based on a package stay (which in Disney terms is hotel plus tickets) for a minimum of five days and maximum of 21 days.

So, what exactly is the 2024 Disney Free Dining and Drinks package to visit Disney in 2025 and how does it work?

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You can use the credit for Character dining (Image: passportstamps.uk)

For anyone familier with the old plan, the 2024 Disney Free Dining and Drinks package works in a similar way, but there are a few key differences.

In the old days, you were given different credits to use each day based on the tier of plan you had chosen. This would be things like a quick-service breakfast, a snack, drinks and a table service dinner etc. You would be able to claim these throughout your stay and it essentially resulted in the whole family eating and drinking for free (to a point) for the duration of your time spent at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

GOOD TO KNOW: This is only for use at Disney World and the resorts, so if you are heading to Universal or the other theme parks, you would purchase food and drinks as normal on those days. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is at Universal Orlando Resort, not at Disney. 

So how does the new Disney Dining plan work?

The Disney Dining Plan 2024 works in much the same way as before but the tier system is linked to the standard of resort you book to stay in.

Disney has three tiers of hotel category: 

VALUE RESORTS: Which start from £135 per night and include hotels like Disney’s All-Star Movies and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

MODERATE RESORTS: Which start from £240 per night and include Disney’s Port Orleans Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

DELUXE RESORTS AND VILLAS: This is Disney’s 4 and 5* offering and includes resorts like Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel and Spa. 

If you’ve never been to Disney before, these hotels are not inside the Disney gates (a separate ticket is still required for the parks) but they are situated around the Disney property. This post about staying on property at Disney World or at Universal Orlando explains more.

You can qualify for the 2024 Disney Dining Plan when you book a hotel + park ticket package with a stay between 5 and 21 nights on selected dates in 2025. This package will be for a Disney Resort hotel and a 14-day Disney Magic Ticket for all your party.

Depending on the grade of your hotel (value, moderate or deluxe) you can get up to three meals a day, plus snacks and drinks. There is a helpful box on what exactly is incuded with each hotel package here.

IMPORTANT: If you are staying at a Value Resort and want to upgrade to the Deluxe Plan, Disney have confirmed you will be able to do this. 

The deal is only available to book between now and November 2024, so you need to book your Florida holiday between these dates if you want to secure the Disney Dining deal for 2025.

Is the Disney Free Dining Deal worth it in 2025?

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A toast to EPCOT (Image: Helen Wright)

If you are planning on spending multiple days at the Disney Parks and would like to stay at a Disney resort hotel, the Disney Dining Deal is definitely worth it! Who doesn’t like free money to eat and drink at Disney?!

The best Disney Free Dining Deal offer I could find was at attractiontickets.com. This is because as well as the hotel and Park Tickets with Disney Dining Deal, with this package you get 14 Disney Park Days for the Price of 7 PLUS 10% off using code WDW10.  This was the most generous of all the UK tour operators, but please email or message me on social media if you see a better deal so I can amend this post.

The Dining and drink credits be used on anything from your morning coffee to breakfast with Disney Characters, a cocktail around the World at EPCOT, lunch at Galaxy’s Edge or a Mickey Pretzel. It’s totally up to you.

RELATED POST: The best foods and snacks to eat at Walt Disney World

Do I have to stay in a deluxe hotel to get the Disney Free Dining Deal 2024?

You can book a stay in any Walt Disney World resort hotel but the amount of Disney Dine and Drink Credits you get increases with the grade of hotel in which you choose to stay.

Here is a rough breakdown of the 2024 Disney Free Dining Plan:

DISNEY DELUXE RESORTS AND VILLAS
Everything incluced at up to 170 locations. Two meals per day (One table service / sit-down restaurant). One Alcoholic or Soft Drink per meal. One drink and one snack each day.
These hotels include: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Lodge and Disney’s Beach Club.

DISNEY MODERATE RESORTS
Two quick service meals per day (no sit-down restaurants included). One Alcoholic or Soft Drink per meal. One drink and one snack each day.
These hotels include Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts.

DISNEY VALUE RESORTS
One quick service meal and one Aloholic or Soft Drink per meal per day. (No snacks included). 
These hotels include the Disney All Star Resorts and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

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Disney Date night (Image: passportstamps.uk)

But, what if I want to go to Universal and other resorts?

The 2024 Disney Free Dining Plan is only for use at Disney theme parks and resorts (and the Disney Springs and Disney Boardwalk entertainment areas). This does not include Universal Orlando, SeaWorld or other non-Disney attractions in Orlando. This means you can only use your credit when you are at Disney.

In almost visits to Orlando, we have guides for every aspect of your Florida holiday. Check out some of our helpful and honest blogs.

Do the Dining Credits expire or can I use them on future trips?

Yes, the cards DO EXPIRE so make sure you use all your credit before you go home! The Disney Dining and Drink Credit expire 21 Days after the hotel check-in date. If you don’t spend the credits, use them to stock up on snacks to take home for your friends!

Is it still cheaper to stay in a villa off-resort and not get the deal?

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A cottage at Margaritaville (image: passportstamps)

It’s difficult to answer without knowing the cost of the villa, the length of your stay and how much time you plan to spend at Walt Disney World. I would say, yes there are great Orlando deals out there, so you may be able to plan the trip more cheaply.

However, if you are spending a lot of time at the Disney Parks and add up the cost of food and drink for the whole family, you might find you get the opportunity to stay in the Disney bubble for the same amount as staying off-property. That’s still a great deal. To plan your budget, read our post on how much a Disney holiday really costs.

Is it still possible to do a last-minute Florida trip this year?

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It’s a show like no other (image: passportstamps.uk)

If you want to travel THIS year (2024), you can’t take advantage of the early booker Disney Free Dining deal but you absolutely can book last minute! Why not?

Yes, a trip to Orlando and Walt Disney World takes some planning (especially now you must reserve park days at Walt Disney World theme parks) but there are guides just like this one that can help you do that.

There are currently some really tempting ticket deals from companies like attractiontickets.com and through Disney Parks UK themselves. You can buy tickets today and fly out next week if you really want to. Now that’s last minute! And, with some potentially great savings on tickets and flights, you have the option to spend the extra cash on a fancier hotel – such as Disney’s Grand Floridian or Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel – if that’s what you’ve always dreamed of. Nothing is stopping you having an adventure that starts in just a few weeks’ time.

Take advantage of some EXCELLENT low-cost deals to Orlando THIS year

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Fly me to the sun (Image: Mark Harkin)

With ‘escape’ fever finally dying down, demand for car hire, accommodation and flights has eased, making way for some of the best deals I’ve seen since 2020. Take a look at direct return flights from London to Orlando International on Virgin Atlantic for £344 (hand luggage only) or £455 with a checked suitcase in August. Virgin are also now flying into Tampa where you may find deals are even cheaper!

For those looking for a package deal, Tui are offering direct flights from London to Melbourne Orlando Airport, with a checked bag and seven nights at the Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista in October 2022 for £486 per person. Virgin Holidays have return direct flights to Orlando International, with a checked bag and seven nights at Coco Key Hotel and Water Park for £515 per person over the same dates. These prices are fantastic compared to advertised rates at the end of 2021, with some quotes double or even triple this amount.

By comparison, the same deals travelling on identical dates next year, in 2023, were £791 for Virgin Holidays (£276 more), and £949 on Tui (£463 more). That is a pretty big incentive to go wild and have a last-minute adventure and enjoy a pretty amazing holiday at the same time, don’t you think?

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