New Free Dining and Resort Room Only Discounts!


Hello everyone, and welcome to the madness that comes with the introduction of Free Dining for Walt Disney World vacations!  The rumors, it turns out, were true, and Disney has offered up a new set of free dining promotions for those of you that are considering taking a Walt Disney World vacation!  There is a lot of detail here, so if you have any questions — or if you want me to get a quote for you, just click on the image above and fill out our quote request form today, and thanks!

Walt Disney World Free Dining Offer

From today, August 1st, 2013, until Sunday, September 15, 2013, you can get the Disney Dining Plus Dining plan — or the Disney Quick Service Dining Plan — for free with a 6 night/7 day room and ticket package.  The Plus Dining plan will be free for stays at a Moderate level resort or greater, and the Quick Service Dining plan will be free for stays at a Value level resort.  As with all things, there are some restrictions, as outlined below:

  • The offer is valid for arrivals most nights September 29 – October 2nd, October 18 – November 2nd,  November 11th – 23rd, and December 12th – 22nd, 2013.
  • You MUST book by September 15, 2013!
  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.  Excludes Disney’s All Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, ALL 3-Bedroom Villas, and campsites.

Walt Disney World Room Only Discount

If you are unable to take advantage of the Free Dining offer listed above, you may be eligible to take advantage of a special room only discount that could save you as much as 30% off per night on your Walt Disney World accommodations!  In some cases, it is actually a better deal to some family to use the room only discount as opposed to the free dining offer, so I will, of course, check both promotions for you to see what works out best for you and your family.  Here are the details on this offer:

For stays most nights September 29 – November 22, 2013, and November 30 – December 23, 2013:

  • Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard and pool view rooms), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort (including Villas)
  • Save up to 20% at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (including Bay Lake Towers), Disney’s Beach Club Resort (including Villas), Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • Save up to 15% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

For stays most nights September 29 – October 5, October 20 – November 2, November 10 – 22, and December 15 – 23, 2013:

  • Save up to 15% at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

If your travel is between September 29 – November 9, 2013, you must book between August 1st and September 15, 2013.  If your travel is for November 10 – 22, and November 30 – December 23, 2013, then you can book between August 1st – November 3rd, 2013.

Lastly, here are the final details about this offer:

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-Bedroom Villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms or The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings for other Resorts.


Coronado Springs — Our First Disney Resort

Coronado Springs Resort

In August of 2007, Cindy and I decided to take Walt Disney up on it’s offer, and stay at the parks for a longer period of time than just a day or two.  We had been the previous year with Meemaw, and the year before with Leigh Ann and Riley (and family), and seeing how much fun it was with them just fueled our need for more Disney Magic!

So Cindy and I decided to take the plunge and book a resort to stay at.  We had always assumed (somewhat incorrectly, I might add) that staying on property was 1) for those with more money than sense, and 2) really, really expensive, so when we looked into the idea, I know that I was thinking we weren’t going to be able to swing it.

Boy, was I ever wrong!  Have you ever stayed at Disney World on property before?  If you haven’t, I really suggest that you take a look at it.  Not only are there all sorts of different themed hotels for you to choose from, there are also several different levels that you can stay at depending on your budget! If you need help with your trip planning, send me an email to or submit a quote request.

For those with large parties, or smaller budgets, there are the Walt Disney World Value Resorts to choose from.  They include the following resorts:

  1. Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  2. Disney’s All Star Music Resort
  3. Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
  4. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  5. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

These resorts are all classified as value resorts, which means that they are the least expensive of the Disney resorts.  In many cases, though, they can be worth it if you have large parties because some of these resorts offer rooms that can sleep more than 5 people.

Cindy and I felt that, after researching all the properties, and also speaking with some of our friends, that the value resorts were more like “hotels” and less like “resorts”, so we decided not to do any of the value resorts.  After that, we looked at the Moderate Resorts.  They include:

  1. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
  2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  4. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  5. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

We looked at a lot of them, but in this instance choose Coronado Springs Resort.  We liked the Aztec influence in the decor, we thought that the big pool looked really neat from Google Earth and the website, and the color scheme chosen for the buildings was really quite nice.  We enjoyed it a great deal!  For this first year, we booked our trip directly from the Disney World website.  The special that year was the free dining plan.  Book a stay at a Disney resort, stay a certain number of days, and you will get the Disney Dining Plan for free.  That means that one snack, one quick service meal, and one table service meal per person per day is already paid for!  Doing the dining plan for us meant that we were able to go to a lot of restaurants that we wouldn’t normally go to, which meant that we could choose character places so Sophie could get a ton of autographs, and we wouldn’t have to pay for a lot of food while we were at the parks!

Having the dining plan is one of the biggest benefits for us staying at a Disney resort!  I have a ton of pictures from that first extended trip to Walt Disney World, but rather than upload them all, take a look at the embedded slideshow!  Enjoy, and feel free to comment!