One of my favorite new Disney web sites, Mouse Misers had this to say about free dining this year…
Travel Dates: August 24 – September 20, 2008
Walt Disney World has announced the “Free Dining” promotion for the fourth consecutive year. Currently, the discount is only available to Disney VISA cardholders, though it will be released to the general public starting on April 10. With the “Free Dining” promotion, Disney resort guests who book a Magic Your Way package that includes both your Disney resort room and your Magic Your Way park passes, will receive the Disney Dining plan add-on for free for all guest three and older in their party.
For the first time, Disney World guests will be able to book the “Free Dining”, and upgrade to the Disney Deluxe Dining for the normal price difference, which is $31 for adults and $10 for children three to nine. The Wine and Dine option is also available at full price to add onto either the Basic or Deluxe dining plans.
Availability is extremely limited, and must be booked by June 22, 2008. To receive the Disney VISA cardholder discount, you must pay your deposit at time of booking with your Disney VISA, and you must pay the balance with your Disney VISA card as well, when due. As a reminder, this exact discount will be released on April 10 to the general public without the Disney VISA requirements.
We have taken advantage of this offer the last two years, and we are doing it again this year. Fortunately, we booked it through a special promotion last year while we were still there, so we are already locked in. If you are interested, you should jump on it right away. You won’t find a better deal for Disney World anywhere. It’s awesome to be able to go and not worry about having to pay for your food. That’s one of the biggest expenses while you are there.
There is a difference this year than in previous years. Your table service meals no longer include an appetizer, and you have to pay your own gratuity (18%). In previous years, all of this was included in the plan. It’s still a great deal, though. If you want to book a trip, I highly recommend Joe at Dream Come True Vacations. He only books Disney vacations, and he is extremely knowledgeable about the complicated aspects of a Disney World vacations.