It’s not quite free dining – or the long-awaited return of the Disney Dining Plan – but a new dining offer is now available for summer 2023 Disney World vacation packages. At first glance, free food seems like a no-brainer. But is it really worth it? The answer depends on how you dine, where you stay, and how many people travel with you.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the new Summer 2023 Disney Dining Promo Card offer. We’ll outline all the details of the new offer, show how it compares to the original Disney Dining Plan free dining offers, and analyze the pros and cons so you can determine if it’s worth adding to your reservation.

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What is the 2023 Disney Dining Promo Card Offer?

2023’s version of the popular Free Disney Dining offer provides what is essentially a Disney Dining Gift Card – with a value of up to $750 – to pay for meals during your vacation. Your trip must meet certain eligibility requirements to get the card, and the card is good only for food, drink, and gratuities.

Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Which stays are eligible for the 2023 Disney Dining offer?

To receive the offer, you must purchase a vacation package (room + tickets) that meets a few basic requirements:

  • Check-In date must be between June 25, 2023 and September 14, 2023
  • The stay must be at a participating resort in an eligible type of accommodation
  • 4+ nights hotel stay required
  • 4+ days of theme park tickets required

How much will I get?

The exact amount of dining funds provided is based on check-in dates, resort type, and length of stay. Amounts shown below are per-room (not per-person).

For Check-Ins June 25 – June 30, 2023

  • Value Resort: $35 per night
  • Moderate Resort or Cabin: $75 per night
  • Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa: $125 per night

For Check-Ins July 1 – July 10, 2023

  • Value Resort: $50 per night
  • Moderate Resort or Cabin: $100 per night
  • Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa: $150 per night

For Check-Ins July 11 – July 31, 2023

  • Value Resort: $35 per night
  • Moderate Resort or Cabin: $75 per night
  • Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa: $125 per night

For Check-Ins August 1 – September 14, 2023

  • Value Resort: $50 per night
  • Moderate Resort or Cabin: $100 per night
  • Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa: $150 per night

Regardless of the above, the total value of the promo card will not exceed $750.

For example, a 5-night stay at a Moderate Resort checking in on July 15th would receive a $375 credit ($75 x 5 nights).  A 7-night stay at a Deluxe Resort checking in on July 1st would receive $750 (the maximum), even though $150 x 7 nights is $1,050.

Epcot's Space 220 restaurant

Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant

How do I book a Disney World Vacation with the Dining Promo?

Reservations for the Disney Dining Promo Card offer can be made starting January 5, 2023.

You could try calling 407-W-DISNEY, but expect extremely long waits – possibly several hours long; this new offer unleashes three years of pent-up demand for Disney vacation packages which include free dining. Even if you try the Disney World website you might wind up in a sort of online “waiting room” before you can access the offer page!

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The best option for most people is to work with a Disney Travel Agent – they’re usually much easier to contact than Disney, and most of them don’t charge any fees for their services.

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They’ll book your stay with the dining promo – and then they’ll also make your dining reservations when it’s time to do so (no getting up at 6 AM ET for you!).

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How do I add the Dining Promo Card to my existing Disney World reservation?

For existing reservations which meet all the program requirements, you can call Disney and try to rebook your reservation with the promotion (just be mindful of possible price changes for the room and tickets).

If you originally booked within the past 30 days and haven’t yet paid in full, a Disney travel agent such as The Vacationeer (see above) can help so you don’t have to spend hours on hold trying to modify your reservation.

Is the 2023 Dining Promo Card Offer as Good as Free Dining?

The previous free dining offers and the current dining promo card promotion have some similarities: both provide free meals in exchange for purchasing a non-discounted package of hotel rooms and theme park tickets, and both are based on the length of stay and type of hotel booked. But that’s really where the similarities end.

Garden Grill in Epcot

Garden Grill Epcot Restaurant

Under the old Free Dining Plan offer, each Guest in a room received credits to be used for at least one meal for each night of their stay. The new plan provides a cash equivalent to be used to purchase meals, which is not based on how many people are in the room. As a result, there are some considerable pros and cons to the new program.

Pros of the new offer

In many ways, the new offer is superior to the old Disney Dining Plan.

  • It’s “free money.” When you’re trying to calculate the cost of your Disney vacation, you can consider the credit to be part of your food budget and use that cash elsewhere.
  • It’s much simpler than the old Dining Plan. Rather than keeping track of how many meal credits you’ve used, this works more like a traditional gift card (but only for food). You simply use it however you want until you’re out of funds.
  • Solo travelers, couples, and families with young children might get more food with this system than the old Free Dining plan. Under the old system, each person got a set number of meals and snacks; the new system lets you spend as you wish. By dining savvily, you could cover multiple meals per day.
  • The new system is just as flexible as the old one (perhaps more), in that you can still “flex” your credits, using more of your allowance on one day and less on the next.
  • Leftover credits were problematic under the old system, with folks notoriously panic-buying a dozen snacks on the last day of their trip. Under this system, expiring credit can be used by simply splurging on a nicer dinner the last night of your vacation.

Cons of the new offer

There are some ways the new offer falls short.

  • The value of the promo card does not change based on the number of people in the room. Those with large families or voracious eaters will find that the new offer doesn’t go quite as far as the traditional free dining offer (which covered meals for every person in the room).
  • What you choose to eat matters. Under the old dining plan, a single credit would often cover even the most expensive entrée on the menu, along with a drink and an appetizer or dessert. If you’re a spendy eater, your credit will evaporate much more quickly under the new system, because menu prices for all of these items will count toward your credit spending.
  • The offer is for specific check-in dates in summer 2023; it may not be the best option for those who want to travel during cheaper or less-crowded times of year.
  • This free dining credit is only offered when bundled with a 4+ night hotel stay and 4+ day theme park tickets (4+ days). Those looking for a shorter stay or less days in the parks might save more money by spending fewer days/nights.
  • The dining promo requires a full-priced vacation package including hotel room and tickets. Some travelers might save more money by buying discounted tickets or discount hotel rooms instead. A good travel agent can run the numbers for you and help decide the most economical route.

Is the Disney Dining Promo Card Offer Worth It?

Disney’s free dining offer has consistently been its most popular offering of the year, and for good reason. It represented a significant enough savings on food costs that it more than outweighed the “lost” savings that could have been had by skipping a theme park day or getting a discounted hotel room.

Under the new system, the value is a little harder to judge and will really come down to how you vacation and who you travel with. For the right sized group, with the right eating habits, the new promo can be worth booking. Other promotions may be better for those who have larger families, prefer to eat high-end meals, want to skip park days, or plan shorter trips.

The $35/day dining credit with a Value Resort stay is probably enough to cover quick service lunch each day for a party of two – but they’ll still need to pay out of pocket for breakfast, dinner, and snacks. A party of four could easily exhaust all of their credit just a couple of days into the trip. The food math looks a little better in higher-priced resorts (which have a larger promo card value), but its offset by a higher room rate.

All in all, you’re more likely to be pleased with the promotion if you consider it as a bonus which will cover some  – but not all – of your dining. The best advice is to calculate how much you expect to spend on food during your trip – figure out how much credit you’ll get – and then compare those amounts against what you might save with any other available discounts.

Who is it best for?

Those who will get the most value from this program are those who:

  • Already intended to stay in a higher-priced hotel
  • Are solo travelers, couples, and families with young children
  • Tend to eat more quick service meals than table service meals

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Disney Dining Promo Card FAQs

Where can I use my Disney Dining Promo Card?

The summer 2023 dining promotion can be used at about 250 “select participating locations.” with a few exceptions, you’ll be able to use it for food, beverage, and gratuity purchases at table service, quick service, and lounge locations at:

The credit can not be used for:

  • Items purchased from merchandise locations
  • Items purchases from candy kitchens
  • Resort hotels operated by third parties, such as the Swan, Dolphin, Swan Reserve, Four Seasons, Bonnet Creek, and others

If you’re unsure whether the card is accepted where you’re dining, just ask before ordering.

How do I use my Disney Dining Promo Card?

Once you check into your resort, the lead Guest on the reservation will receive an email containing the digital gift card barcode. You can show this barcode at the restaurant or use it like a gift card within the MyDisneyExperience app for mobile ordering. It cannot be loaded into the MagicMobile service or onto your MagicBand, but you can load it into your Apple Wallet or Google Wallet if you like..

Does the Promo Card expire? What if money is left over?

All promo cards provided for this offer will have an expiration date printed on them. There are no refunds for any leftover money. Simply put: use it or lose it.

Is this the new Disney Dining Plan?

We don’t know for sure if this is a long-term replacement for the Disney Dining Plan or just a temporary “bridge” offering. The Dining Plan has been suspended since the COVID-19 closures; and though Disney has said in the past that the dining plan would be returning “in the future,” we haven’t seen any sign of it so far. Over the past year or so, Disney has experimented with other limited promotions very similar to this new one; how this promotion performs as a new, broader offering may help determine the future of the Disney Dining Plan’s old system of meal and snack credits.

Will Free Dining ever return?

We simply don’t know if a traditional free dining offer will ever come back. The promotion has been extremely popular in the past and helped drive a lot of attendance and hotel spending. But for it to come back, Disney would have to not only reinstate the dining plan itself – but also decide that attendance is lagging enough to basically write a blank check for multiple meals per day. They don’t seem to be at that point just yet.

Book Your Disney Vacation Today

Even if you decide not to use the Disney Dining Promo Card offer, it will still have a major impact on room availability and theme park attendance.

Confirming your plans early is the best way to make sure you get the room reservation, restaurant reservations, and theme park reservations you want.

So don’t delay – contact the Disney World planning experts at The Vacationeer! These trained travel professionals provide free help planning your Disney vacation! They’ll answer all your questions and handle all your reservations.

You can book for just $200 down and then set up a payment plan for the remaining balance.

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