One of the most popular promotions that Disney releases every year is the free dining package. We all know that Disney loves to charge a lot for food because we’re a captive audience, if we get hungry we have no other places to go! Food can be one of the larger expenses of any vacation, especially at Disney which has people turning to find out ways to reduce its cost. I’ve outlined ways in the past on how to save money on food such as having breakfast in your room. The big question going around right now if you’re looking to plan a trip is if the free dining package will return in 2015. As of right now there has been no indication from Disney of any plan to release a free dining package so we’ll have to rely on history to make a prediction. Let’s take a look at the months in the previous few years that Disney has released the free dining packages, the are as follows:
- August 2010
- May 2011
- August 2011
- March 2012
- July 2012
- May 2013
- August 2013
- May 2014
Again those were the months/years that Disney announced the free dining packages, most times the dates were for the following season. As you can see from the dates there is a fairly clear pattern to when they’re released. For the past three years August has been the month of choice for free dining announcements which were for travel dates in the fall. The second most popular month for an announcement is in May for dates during the spring/summer. There is one outlier – March 2012 which is the only random date in the list. There are many factors that could change when the free dining packages are announced, Disney uses them as marketing tools to help fill rooms during slow periods – such as the fall which is why we see it during the fall most years. Based on the historical release dates for free dining we can make the guess that at the earliest we probably wouldn’t see a free dining announcement until May or August of 2015 for dates about a year from now, fall 2015. If you are planning on a trip in 2015 before the summer I would guess that you won’t be seeing a free dining package released. If you’re thinking about fall 2015 your chances are higher of scoring a free dining package but that’s not guaranteed.
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Also just because free dining isn’t released that doesn’t mean that other promotions will be announced or you could be lucky have have a magical discount pin code show up at your door. To stay up to speed on Disney promotion releases sign up for the newsletter below, I’ll be sure to inform you of any discounts that announced!