offering a free dining promotion for the third time this year, as it looks to boost attendance in what has appeared to become a soft year for visits to its parks.The Walt Disney World Resort is
The deal includes a version of the Disney Dining Plan at no extra charge when you book a five-night, six-day vacation package with a Park Hopper Ticket at a non-discounted Disney resort hotel. Stays at Deluxe-level hotels get you the full Disney Dining Plan for everyone in the room, while stays at Moderate and Value hotels get you the Quick-Service version of the dining plan.
Guests must book by September 29 for stays beginning between September 1-18, November 17-27, or December 8-23, 2019. You can check availability via Walt Disney World's website.
Disney World previously offered Disney Dining Plan benefits in January and in April, and this is the first time that Disney has offered that benefit three times in a single year. In the past, the free dining promotion had been a fall affair, as Disney looked to bridge the gap between the summer and holiday vacation seasons. But Disney moved the promotion forward this year as it looked to guard against fans postponing their trips until the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land opened on August 29.
Disney announced last week that the biggest attraction in Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, would open at Disney's Hollywood Studios on December 5, so fans who take advantage of this latest free dining offer in its final days could be among the first to experience that new ride. In fact, we're hearing from insiders that it's not improbable that Rise of the Resistance could soft open in mid-to-late November, as well, so fans taking the second slot of free dining dates might also luck out and get in. But that's in no way guaranteed.
If "free" dining isn't your thing, Disney also is offering a 20 percent off deal on select hotel rooms for fans who would rather keep their savings rather than eat them.
As always, we recommend shopping around for the best deals, as hotels near Walt Disney World typically offer much lower rates than on-site properties. It's up to you to weigh the value of staying on site, along with Disney's offered benefits, versus other options for keeping the cost of a Disney vacation within your budget.Tweet
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