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Episode 1345 - Free Dining 2014

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa & Mike Newell


  • Episode 1345 - Free Dining 2014

  • Today, the panel discusses the free dining offer for 2014.

Running Time: 14:41

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Episode 1345 - Free Dining 2014
Authored by: TiggerRay on Monday, May 19 2014 @ 05:47 AM CDT
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Episode 1345 - Free Dining 2014
Authored by: EAWildman on Thursday, May 22 2014 @ 08:46 AM CDT
Thanks for the good episode! This year's "Free Dining" show seemed more even handed compared to previous years. The key thing with the "Free Dining" promotion is to understand that it is NOT "free" dining, but it IS a significant discount off of a resort package. And you guys are right, you HAVE to do the math for your family. And every year is different.

I did free dining last year and I am going again this year, but the math is actually different because the "room only" discounts are different. My family of three always stays in a Value Resort. We like them and they cost less. Done. Last year the room only discount during the time we were going was a whopping 10%. The average cost of the Value room we got was about $100 a night. So, the room only discount offered us a $10 a night discount. I can't feed my family of three at Walt Disney World for $10 a night, so the Free Dining package was a no brainer.

This year was a little different since the "room only" discount on our value room was 20% and the average rack rate for the room was $110 a night. So that's a $22 discount each night. Can I feed my family for $22 a day. Well, no. We usually eat two counter service meals a day plus snacks (some are bought and some are brought with from home). I figure the average adult counter service meal is around $10 and the average kids meal is about $5. Plus two drinks and tax and we usually spend about $30 for a counter service meal. Two meals a day equals about $60 a day. A snack for each of us adds up to about $10 a day. So, that adds up to about $70 a day to feed my family of three at Walt Disney World. That's what I would spend. So, by getting "free dining," I am really applying what I normally would spend on food towards a discount on my hotel room. So, it's like getting a $70 discount on my room. Plus, on the quick service plan, I get a desert at each meal, and I get a resort mug (neither of which I usually get when paying out of pocket).

So, as you can see, because my family likes Value resorts and generally eats something close to what the quick service dining plan offers, the "Free Dining" promotion is a great offer for us. Essentially, I am getting about 65% off my room, then paying the same amount on food as I always do, but getting a free desert at each meal and a free resort mug. I would NEVER pay for the dining plan, but when this offer roles around, for our family, it's the best discount we will ever get out of Disney.

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