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Is Disney World’s Free Dining Promotion Really Worth It?

January 5, 2024

When it comes to planning your dream vacation at Disney World, a variety of packages and offers might catch your attention. One such deal that often sparks interest is the Disney World Free Dining Promotion. But does this promotion genuinely save you money? Let’s delve into the details and find out!

The Allure of Free Dining

On the surface, the Free Dining offer seems like a fantastic deal. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a range of meals for free at the most magical place on earth? However, to fully understand whether this deal saves you money, we need to break down the costs involved.

Crunching the Numbers: Booking Direct with Disney

Let’s consider a 5-night vacation package at Disney’s Beach Club Villas in August 2024 for 2 adults. Opting for a Beach Club Villas Deluxe Studio accommodation with a 4-Day Ticket with Park Hopper purchased directly from Disney or a travel agency will cost you $4,445.62. This price tag is what you’ll need to pay to qualify for the free dining offer.

Based on standard Disney Dining Plan pricing, this deal values the Dining Plan at approximately $942.84. At first glance, this might seem like a decent saving. But let’s take a closer look at an alternative option.

The DVC Rental Store Difference

Now, let’s compare this to the cost of booking a similar package with the DVC Rental Store. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 5-Night Deluxe Studio Villa: $2,268.00
  • 4-Day Ticket w/ Park Hopper: $1,185.63

In total, booking your Disney vacation with the DVC Rental Store will cost you $3,453.63. That’s a saving of almost $1,000 compared to booking directly with Disney!

What could you do with that extra $1,000? You could spend it on food during your vacation week. Alternatively, you could even add the Disney Dining Plan to your reservation with DVC Rental Store and still save around $50. That’s right – the same package that the Free Dining offer provides can be purchased for less when booking with the DVC Rental Store!

The Final Verdict

While free dining sounds like a good deal, as we’ve seen, it might not provide the savings you initially thought. By booking with the DVC Rental Store, you can enjoy the same magical Disney experience, with the added bonus of having an extra chunk of change in your pocket.

So, before you jump at the next “free” offer, take a moment to do the math. You might find that the best deal isn’t always the one that appears most attractive at first glance.

Start Planning Your Magic Today!

Ready to start planning your next Disney World adventure? At the DVC Rental Store, we’re here to help you make the most of your magical vacation. Contact us today, and let’s start creating unforgettable memories together.

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