Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Sep 8, 2012
    Lisa from ON Asked

    Planning WDW Mar 17-23/13. Hoping for free dining once again!! Don't want to miss my 180 dining reservation window in waiting on free dining. Should I just book now? When will restaurants finalize contracts for DP? Thank You! Love the panel :)

    Hi, Lisa! Yes, I would go ahead and make my reservations now.  When or if promotions are released, you can modify your reservation to include free dining,  subject to availability.  Disney will not automatically modify your reservation, you will need to call 407-W-DISNEY to check availability and make the change, if possible. Make sure to keep an eye on the Special Offers page for a promotion that might work for you, your travel dates, and your accommodations. If a free dining promotion does not become available for your trip, you will need to add it to your package before you arrive.  Guests cannot add the Disney Dining Plans to their reservation upon check-in.  Any Disney Dining Plan can be added up to three days prior to your arrival date.  So, if you want to add a Dining Plan, you must do so three or more days BEFORE your check-in date. 

    Unfortunately, when the Disney Dining Plans for the upcoming year are released, restaurants (even some favorites) are missing. They are usually added back to the list later.  Often Disney is still negotiating with the restaurants because some restaurants at Walt Disney World are not owned and operated by Disney.  They must decide if they want to be part of the Disney Dining Plan.  Keep checking back as 2013 draws closer to find out which restaurants are on board.  It should be settled by January 1, 2013.  I would make the Advanced Dining Reservations I want for my trip, and then cancel them if they didn't join the plan when it's all final. Happy planning and have a Magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Krista, Tennessee

My husband and I have a 16 year-old daughter and an 14 year-old son and over a decade's worth of Disney traditions and memories. We try new experiences each trip, so we have experienced many "extras" in and out of the parks. Learn More About Krista

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