One of Disney’s most popular promotions is returning for this fall. When you book a non-discounted Disney World Vacation Package that start in certain dates this August-December, a Disney Dining Plan will be included at no additional charge. Disney Moderate Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, or Deluxe Villa Resorts will get the Disney Dining Plan that includes table service credits, while Disney Value Resorts will get the Quick Service Dining Plan. Read on for the dates and details for 2016 Free Dining at Walt Disney World and how to book your package with this promotion.

Disney World Free Dining Dates – 2016

The free dining promotion is available for Disney Vacation packages for vacations starting on the following dates:

  • August 23-October 1, 2016
  • November 15-November 21, 2016
  • November 26-November 28, 2016
  • December 10-December 21, 2016

Note that the just arrival date just has to land within one of those windows, not your entire vacation. For example, a vacation lasting from November 18th through November 23rd would qualify for this package, even though November 22nd-23rd are not listed above. So, the end date can be after the window, but the start date cannot be before the window.

This promotion is valid for a minimum of 3 night hotel stay / 2-day ticket packages. Even though Disney always advertises the package as 6 nights / 7 day tickets, you don’t have to stay that long or buy that much to get the deal. You can also vary the nights and the days on the tickets (i.e. get a 8 night hotel stay with a 2-day ticket) and still qualify for the package. This works well for people who already have bought tickets.

This offer is available for booking between April 25 through July 82016. Rooms that qualify for this promotion are limited, so the early bird gets the free dining package for worms in this case. Check Disney’s official website for availability.

What you get with Free Dining.

Value Resorts include the Quick-Service Dining plan for the length of the stay. This includes 2 counter service meals and one snack per person per day at most counter service locations throughout the parks, resorts, and Downtown Disney. Each meal includes an entree, dessert, and beverage. Additionally, each person receives a refillable mug, which provides free refills of soda and coffee at the resorts. It’s also a neat souvenir!

Walt Disney World - Rapid Refill Mugs

Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts get the Disney Dining Plan. This plan includes one Table-Service meal, one Counter Service meal, and one snack per person per day, as well as the refillable mug. Gratuity is not included on most table service meals, and some table service locations cost two credits for one meal.

Both dining plans do not include alcohol.

There is flexibility in the plan. You can use more than two meals and one snack per day, and you also don’t have to use any of your credits in a day. For example, for a party of two with a three night reservation, they would receive a total of 6 dining credits (two per person per day). They could use all six on the first day, all six on the last day, or space it out as they like. The meal credits expire at midnight on the check-out date.