Posts Tagged With: Disney Dining Plan

Walt Disney World Free Dining 2017

Once again Walt Disney World is offering Free Dining in 2017.

Book Through
July 7, 2017

Valid Travel Datesxmas 6

  • August 21 through September 30, 2017
  • November 14 through November 20, 2017
  • November 25 through November 27, 2017
  • December 8 through December 23, 2017

Package Includes

  • Room
  • Theme park ticket(s) with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option
  • Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)

Important Details

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Ticket Requirements

  • Minimum 2-day Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option

You can book here or contact your travel agent:

You can also call Disney at (407) 939-5277 to book your package.

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Doing Disney- Counter Service Dining Favorites!

For counter service here are our families favorite meals:

At Magic Kingdom:

Columbia Harbor House – Lighthouse Sandwich

Tortuga Tavern – Beef Nachos


At Epcot:

La Cantina de San Angel –  Tacos de Pollo

Tangierine Cafe – Chicken Shawarma Platter
At Hollywood Studios:

Starring Rolls Cafe – Turkey Sandwich


At Animal Kingdom:

Flame Tree BBQ – 1/2 Chicken


These locations are all one counter service on the Disney dining plan.  We try to eat either earlier at 11:30 for lunch or a little later like 1 or 1:30 to avoid the noon lines.

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Doing Disney – Dining Reservations!!!!

You want to go to Disney, you need to have a plan!

Dining reservations fill up fast, people are often booking at the first open window for their trip.  No one wants to wander from restaurant to restaurant with a hungry family to be told they are full all evening. We have seen it happen countless times.  A little preparation will make your trip go as smooth as possible.

We have on several occasions purchased the dining plan. The basic magic your way plus dining plan, not the counter service or the deluxe plan.  You still need to pay gratuity but we like the idea of the all inclusive vacation feel.  And when I am not looking at prices I order what I truly enjoy, not what is more affordable. I will get the steak instead of the chicken if that is what I want.

To make my dining reservations I locate what my 180 day window is. That tells me what day I am either calling Disney or booking my dining online.  I also have a rough idea of what parks I am visiting on what day.  IF you have the park hopper ticket option this is less of a big deal. But on shorter trips with no park hopper I need to make sure my reservation is for the park I plan to visit. If I am dining at a hotel it does not matter, if I choose Chef Mickey I can go on any park day since its at the Contemporary hotel.

I often will give my family a couple of menu options so they can help plan our dining. For Hollywood Studios I will give my husband and daughter a look at the menus for 50’s Prime Time and Sci-Fi.  They chose which one appeals to them for either lunch or dinner. If I am paying we often eat lunch table service and dinner quick service. If I am on the dining plan its counter service lunch and table service dinner unless I throw in a character breakfast. (Often lunch is cheaper than dinner when dining out. And quick service menus as the same price for lunch and dinner.)  I find AllEars to be a priceless site for planning information.  Here is a link to all the menus they have listed:

Once you have your selections made, often I have made a spreadsheet to make it easier, then you either call Disney or book online. Have a credit card ready as dining reservations now require a credit card hold.   You can call Disney at 407-939-5277 from 7am – 11pm Eastern time.   Or online

Here is an example of my spreadsheet for dining. I also carry this with me in case there is ever a question at restaurant check-in. I have only ever once needed the reservation number but its good to be prepared.


IF you are closer than 180 days to your vacation as soon as possible make your dining reservations. You can change them if you need to as your trip gets closer. But have some place on the books for meals unless you are eating counter service the whole trip.


This was the cinnamon roll at Gaston’s Tavern, so yummy. $3.99.



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