Disney World Free Dining Recovery Discount

Over the weekend, Disney released a Free Dining Recovery Discount for guests whose vacations have been impacted by the Coronavirus. Let’s take a look at the details and how this discount stacks up.

DISNEY WORLD FREE DINING RECOVERY DISCOUNT DETAILS

Here are the details of this deal according to Disney:

We recognize the impact these uncertain times have had on our Guests. If your recent Walt Disney World reservation was affected, then you may be eligible to enjoy a special summer vacation package offer. After all, summertime is the perfect time to make the kind of cherished memories that we all need—now more than ever.

Eligible Guests can take advantage of a vacation package offer that includes accommodations at a select Disney Resort hotel, park admission and a Disney dining plan—valid for arrivals most nights June 1 through September 30, 2020 when you book through May 31, 2020. This offer is valid only for Guests who previously booked a vacation package or room reservation to stay at a Disney Resort hotel at Walt Disney World Resort for travel dates March 16 to May 31, 2020. Offer not valid for reservations travelling these dates that were cancelled before March 1, 2020.

This offer is subject to availability. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket.

HOW DOES THE DISNEY FREE DINING RECOVERY DISCOUNT STACK UP?

How this discount stacks up really depends on your feelings and experience with the Free Dining Discounts in the past. If you’re a fan of the convenience and simplicity of the dining plans, then this is probably a big win for you. If however, you’re looking strictly at the cost, this may not be as good of a deal as it seems at first glance. You’ll want to spend a few minutes actually crunching the numbers to see if it makes sense for you and your family. Remember with the Free Dining Discount, you will be paying full rack rate for your room, and potentially missing out on some sizable room only discounts in the future if Disney reopens and struggles to fill rooms. You’ll also want to keep in mind that value and moderate resort hotels will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan, while deluxe resort hotels will receive the Disney Dining Plan that includes Table Service meals that require gratuities that will need to be paid out of pocket. Over the years, I have done Walt Disney World vacations with and without the dining plan, and being a small eater, I have always found a room only discount to be a much bigger cost savings while paying for my meals out of pocket. To get pricing for your vacation if you qualify for the Free Dining Recovery Discount, please call 407-939-4251 directly. This discount cannot be booked online at this time.

WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT MY UPCOMING TRIPS

In my recent posts Disney World Is Closed – Now What?, When Will Disney World Reopen, and Disney World Closed Indefinitely, I shared what I am doing about my upcoming Walt Disney World vacations that I have scheduled throughout the rest of 2020.

As a quick update, I am still hanging on to my early and mid summer trips for now. I did reschedule my April trip to September and added an August trip while I was at it. I have several Frontier Airlines flight vouchers that are going to expire by October 1 so I am trying to use as many of them as possible, knowing that is very unlikely Frontier will extend them. As quickly as things are changing now, I currently plan on waiting until a couple of weeks before each trip to decide whether or not to go, unless something else decides for me, like Disney World still being closed, Frontier cancelling my flight, a CDC travel advisory, or the mandatory quarantine of 14 days still being in place when arriving in Florida.

I would love to be able to visit Walt Disney World this year, but looking at the big picture, this really is not a major concern. The most important thing right now, is that we all do what we can to save lives, stay well, and slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Eventually life will return to normal, and we will all be enjoying the magic in person once again!

WHAT’S NEXT?

In the meantime, I will continue to share the latest Walt Disney World news and information here. You can still expect to see several posts a week, filling you in on all of the fun things coming up at the most magical place on earth once it reopens!

Please stay safe and well, and I will see you in the parks real soon!

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4-Park Magic Tickets Are A Great Way To Experience Walt Disney World

Recently Walt Disney World announced a new type of admission that is a fantastic option for guests that are looking for a deal and don’t want to park hop…the 4-Park Magic ticket. These tickets allow guests one visit to each of the four parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom during a seven day period and can be upgraded to include a day at a water park plus admission to the NBA Experience. If you think this ticket might work for your family, check out all of the details courtesy of Disney:

There’s so much to look forward to at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, with the holiday season in full swing and a year of new experiences on the horizon. To immerse themselves in all this magic, guests can take advantage of the newest four-day 4-Park Magic Ticket, now available from $89 per day (plus tax), or $356 total (plus tax) – a great value option for everything from a last-minute getaway to a meticulously planned dream vacation.

The 4-Park Magic Ticket has proven to be a favorite ticket option for guests in recent years, as it provides one visit to each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. For the first time, this latest version of the 4-Park Magic Ticket can be upgraded to include one admission to either Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach water parks, plus one admission to the new NBA Experience at Disney Springs.

Here are details about this special offer:

  • 4-Park Magic Ticket is a four-day ticket that includes one admission to each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks (one park per day). Guests must select a start date on or before September 30, 2020, and the ticket expires seven days after the selected start date.
    • Adult (ages 10+): from $89 per day, plus tax (from $356 total, plus tax); prices vary based on start date selected; lower prices may apply on certain dates
    • Add one admission to one water park and one admission to NBA Experience for an extra $40, plus tax (ages 10+)
    • Child (ages 3-9) prices available

For more information about the 4-Park Magic Ticket, please click here

With holiday festivities happening all across Walt Disney World Resort, the 4-Park Magic Ticket is a great way for families to share in this joyous season:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom is fully decked for the holidays for the first time, with holiday décor in every land, plus festive new entertainment.
  • The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays takes place November 29 – December 30, featuring the beloved Candlelight Processional along with special Holiday Kitchens and more.
  • At Magic Kingdom Park, Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle into a glittering centerpiece of the season during A Frozen Holiday Wish.
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a must-see holiday nighttime spectacular.

The magic continues into 2020, when guests will discover even more unforgettable experiences across all four Walt Disney World theme parks:

  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are now living their own Star Wars adventures inside the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and, starting December 5, they can join a climactic battle against the First Order as part of the groundbreaking new attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
  • Magic Kingdom Park offers unlimited enchantment with classic, fan-favorite attractions and spectacular entertainment, such as the must-see fireworks-and-projection show Happily Ever After,” or the new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.
  • At Epcot, the new limited-time nighttime spectacular Epcot Forever dazzles with soaring fireworks, inspiring music, lasers and colorful glowing kites that light up the sky above World Showcase Lagoon. In early 2020, Epcot welcomes another exciting festival season with the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, January 17 – February 24, followed by the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, March 4 – June 1.
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar, an immersive land featuring massive floating mountains, bioluminescent rain forests and unbelievable experiences including Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey.

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Mid-Day Magic Tickets Are A Great Way To Experience Walt Disney World

Recently Walt Disney World announced a new type of admission that is a fantastic option for guests that like to sleep in…the Mid-Day Magic ticket. These tickets allow guests to enter Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom after 12pm. For a mom of teenagers who don’t like to get up in the morning, the Mid-Day Magic ticket is a perfect fit for when my kids are traveling with me. If you think this ticket might work for your family, check out all of the details courtesy of Disney:

With the recent debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival leading the way, the fall season will bring plenty of excitement to Walt Disney World Resort. The new Mid-Day Magic Ticket is a great value for families to take in the unsurpassed fun of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.

Mid-Day Magic Tickets are valid for admission after 12pm and were designed with guests’ flexibility in mind, with timing that helps meet their needs. Mid-Day Magic Tickets may be used at any of the four theme parks, allowing guests to catch a parade, enjoy a meal, experience favorite attractions, and then get ready for wondrous nighttime shows.

The fall and winter months will be a fantastic time to visit Walt Disney World Resort. Guests can climb aboard the fastest ship in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. They can taste their way around World Showcase during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. They can enjoy the resort as it transitions into a winter wonderland in November and December, with holiday décor and festivities at all four theme parks.

The 2-, 3- and 4-Day Mid-Day Magic Tickets are available for use on or before December 15, 2019:

  • Two-day ticket from $88 a day, plus tax (from $176 total, plus tax)
  • Three-day ticket from $84 a day, plus tax (from $252 total, plus tax)
  • Four-day ticket from $79 a day, plus tax (from $316 total, plus tax)

Tickets are valid for one theme park per day. Prices are for ages 10 and older. The price varies based on selected start date. Lower prices may apply on certain dates. The two-day ticket expires four days after the selected start date. The three-day ticket expires five days after the selected start date. The four-day ticket expires seven days after the selected start date.

For more information or to purchase the Disney’s Mid-Day Magic Ticket, please click here.

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