Fall Disney World Free Dining 2019 Released Today!

on July 16, 2019

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Surprise! A second round of Disney World Free Dining 2019 offers were released today, July 16th, 2019.

Disney released some Free Dining dates in January but has decided to offer the popular package for select dates this fall and winter, too. 

Here are the details for Disney Free Dining 2019:

  • You get a “free” Disney Dining Plan when you check in select nights from 
    • 9/1/19 – 9/18/19
    • 11/17/19 – 11/27/19
    • 12/8/19 – 12/23/19
  • You must be staying at an included resort for a minimum of five 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 September 29th, 2019

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

Here are the included resorts:

Disney Free Dining 2019 Value Resorts

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

Free Dining 2019 Moderate Resorts

  • Port Orleans Riverside
  • Cabins at For Wilderness
  • Coronado Springs

Disney 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
  • Riveria Resort (starting December 16th)

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 Disney 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 Free Dining 2019

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
  • Nancy

    Hi leah,

    I so appreciate your site (especially podcasts). I’m a super frugal Canadian (the frugal North?) and have rented a DVC studio through Dave’s . I would have had no clue that this was even possible were it not for your podcast- thank you! We are going for the first week in March. You mentioned (I think) that Disney has released some dates in 2020 for free dining at the beginning of the year – what are they? also, does Disney offer Canadian deals (we get hammered on the exchange rate!). Oh, one other thing…in order to make dining reservations for restaurants in a park, do I need to have already purchased our tickets in order to reserve? (I’m guessing since we’ll be paying out of pocket that we do not have to have the dining plan in order to make any dining reservation)

    July 17, 2019 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Leah

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Nancy! No dates for free dining for 2020 for the US yet (though I think there were 2020 dates for UK already). If you are logged in to the Canada version of the Disney World site you will see offers for Canada. And no, you definitely don’t need park tickets to make dining reservations in the parks. You will need your tickets linked before you make FastPass reservations 60 days in advance, though. Hope that helps and I’m so glad you found renting DVC points – it is the best!

      July 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Michele Hanawalt

    any good deals May 4 thu the 10

    July 19, 2019 at 2:14 pm Reply
  • Catherine Casey

    I’m noticing that the free dining promo is now requiring a five night stay, whereas I thought it was previously four nights. Do you expect this will continue into 2020? Do you think it’s more economical to try for free dining and jump through all the hoops (park hoppers, full price rooms + price tickets) or just rent DVC points + not get park hoppers at ticket broker + buy dining plans? I’d much rather stay at DVC, but I had been considering splitting the stay between included resort and DVC to get free dining….

    July 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm Reply
    • Leah

      This is a great question, Casey. It really depends on what resort you are looking at and how many people are in a room. If it’s a Value resort with 2 adults and 2 kids, Free Dining will generally win out (even with the Park Hopper tickets). But if it’s fewer people in a room and you want to stay at a Moderate resort, for example, then renting DVC points with discounted tickets will prolly be cheaper (depending on the resort). I do expect the longer stay to continue to be required in 2020 if Free Dining is offered. I’d suggest actually pricing out two stays and comparing them – I have done this before and it really was the only way to know. Hope that helps!

      July 24, 2019 at 6:36 am Reply
  • Lindsay

    Already have our room booked at POP for December, and purchased discounted park tickets. Can we still add the free QS dining plan?

    August 30, 2019 at 3:54 pm Reply
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