Disney World Free Dining 2019 Released Today!

on January 2, 2019

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Surprise! Disney World Free Dining 2019 offers were released today, January 2nd, 2019!

Disney usually releases its Free Dining offer in April, so I’m excited you will have more time to plan this year.

Here are the details for Disney World Free Dining 2019:

  • You get a “free” Disney Dining Plan when you check in any night from July 5 through September 30th, 2019
  • You must be staying at an included resort for a minimum of four nights (see resorts included below)
  • You must purchase a minimum 4-day Park Hopper ticket for each member of your traveling party
  • Value and Moderate resort reservations will receive a free Quick Service plan while Deluxe resorts and villas will receive a standard Disney Dining Plan
  • The last day to book this offer is February 10th, 2019

The number of rooms set aside for this offer is limited so book soon (I suggest getting a free quote from Siera at Destinations in Florida here).

Here are the included resorts:

Disney World Free Dining 2019 Value Resorts

  • All-Star Music
  • All-Star Sports
  • Pop Century
  • Art of Animation (family suites only)

Disney World Free Dining 2019 Moderate Resorts

  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Caribbean Beach
  • Coronado Springs

Disney World Free Dining 2019 Deluxe Resorts & Villas

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort & Villas
  • Beach Club Resort & Villas
  • Boardwalk Inn & Villas
  • Contemporary Resort & Bay Lake Tower Villas
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Villas
  • Polynesian Resort
  • Wilderness Lodge Resorts & Villas
  • Yacht Club Resort
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Old Key West
  • The resorts and room types that are NOT included in Free Dining 2019 are All-Star Movies, the campsites at Fort Wilderness, Port Orleans French Quarter, the cabins at Wilderness Lodge (including Copper Creek Villa cabins), Polynesian bungalows, all 3-bedroom villas, and Little Mermaid standard rooms at Art of Animation.

Now I’m sure you have LOTS of questions about free dining, the main one probably being “Is it the best deal for me???” First, you can head over to my post on Disney World Free Dining: Everything You Need to Know to get answers to many of your questions.


Next, I strongly suggest getting a free quote from Siera at Destinations in Florida who is the travel agent for The Budget Mouse. She can find the best offer for you (whether it be Free Dining or another offer) so you’ll get the best possible bang for your buck!

If you want to compare dining plans and understand what you get with each one, check out my post on Disney Dining Plans 101. 

My Tips For Disney World Free Dining 2019

  • The cheapest dates for travel during this period are from August 25th through September 14th, so if you can visit during these dates you’ll get the best deal of the year at Disney World!
  • The next cheapest dates are August 11th – August 24th and September 15th – 30th (about $15 more per night at Pop Century) so these are also great options!
  • All-Star Music and Pop Century are my picks for the best resorts for this offer. Pop has all newly renovated rooms (see the new refurbished Pop Century rooms in this post). Rooms at All-Star Music will be about half renovated (if not mostly done) by the end of the summer so that is another good choice. If you want to see what the new rooms will look like, check out this post and video of the All Star Movies resort refurbished room.
  • You can pay to upgrade your Quick Service dining plan to a standard Disney Dining Plan by paying the difference between the plans. The cost to upgrade from the Quick Service to Standard plan is $22.99 per adult and $4 per child.

Any questions about Disney World Free Dining 2019? Please leave a comment below or join my free private Facebook group for The Budget Mouse!


  • Misty Shell

    would love your opinion on the following,

    We have 10 rooms for a group rate of 135. per night Sept. 28th to Oct. 5th staying at Pop Century. We can not get the dining plan as there is a small discount for room and tickets with a group. If it were your group of 25 you were instructing on best plan, would you try to cancel group and book FD? This meaning everyone would have to individually try to get POP and no guarantee we would all be together.

    January 3, 2019 at 9:32 am Reply
    • Leah

      Great question, Misty. You would definitely pay less overall for your vacation with Free Dining. You would need a travel agent to handle making the reservations together since it is such a large group. I suggest contacting my travel agent Siera with Destinations in Florida through this form right away (it will cost you nothing to book through her – same price as Disney – and she can give you so much help!): http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=321282&u=986111&m=32351&urllink=&afftrack=

      January 3, 2019 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Tiffanie

    I am planning to go Dec 25or 26-30th I would rather go during a different less busy time but with my husband’s vacation days this is what works for us that being said there will be 5 kids with us 3 over 10 an 8 year old and an infant I need a travel agent to help me get the best prices or should I just book it all myself my husband wants to stay at the treehouse villa and I want to stay at art of animation seeing how we will need a family room we will be getting the dining plan but I’ve read it’s cheaper to get tickets if you get them from somebody other than Disney I’m planning now so I can figure how to pay it all off during the year as I know it’s going to cost an arm and a leg

    January 17, 2019 at 6:22 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Tiffanie! You’ve come to the right place LOL. I’d start with getting prices to compare the two options. You can get a quote for Art of Animation from my travel agent (Siera from Destinations in Florida – she is the best agent ever) here: https://bit.ly/2iyAbGr You won’t pay any more for her services (Disney pays her commission) and she can help you find the best place for your family. To get a quote for the Treehouse Villa, head over to David’s Vacation Rentals and use their “Cost Calculator” (in the main menu) for your dates: https://bit.ly/2VWSo3r Then at least you’ll have a place to start!

      January 17, 2019 at 6:31 am Reply
  • Tabitha Burch

    I’m slowly planning our first Disney trip with my husband and daughter. It’s a year and a half from now in mid September. Planning on staying at Pop century resort and have 5 park days with a park hopper. We will be booking the occasional character meals and casual dining too. Will Free Dining cover that or will I have to pay the difference? Thank you in advance.

    January 18, 2019 at 10:38 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Tabitha! Starting to plan is so exciting. If there is a Free Dining offer next year similar to the ones offered in years past, then yes. If you book a stay at Pop you’ll get the Quick Service plan for free, but you can pay the difference to upgrade it to the standard Dining Plan. With the standard plan, you’ll get one table service credit per person per night which can be used for character meals, buffets, and regular table service restaurants. You’ll also get one quick service credit per person per night which can be used for casual counter service restaurants. Hope that helps!

      January 18, 2019 at 10:59 am Reply
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  • Sidney

    where else can you use free dining ?? Parks??

    February 11, 2019 at 6:34 am Reply
    • Leah

      You can use your dining plan credits at almost any location at Disney World, including restaurants in the parks, resort hotels, and at Disney Springs!

      February 11, 2019 at 8:43 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Hi Leah, do you know about when they will be releasing the free dining dates for the second half of 2019? We are looking to go in early December of this year. We went last year at that time (with free dining) but I forget when and where I saw the release dates. Thank you!

    March 9, 2019 at 3:38 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Rachel! This is a good question and unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer. Historically, the free dining offer was released in April for dates starting in late summer through December. In 2019 Disney released free dining in January for just late summer dates. I think this has a lot to do with Star Wars Land opening later this year.

      Now that we know Star Wars is opening at the end of August, I would be surprised if they release any more free dining dates for the rest of the year. It could happen if the hotels are filled as much as they hope but this wouldn’t be til likely summer. So basically I wouldn’t hold my breath for any more free dining dates for this year. I think Disney anticipates a LOT of visitors for the second half of the year and they only release discounts when they want to encourage more guests.

      March 9, 2019 at 5:49 am Reply

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