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2014 Disney World Free Dining Offer Available To General Public

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Travel Dates

Free Dining is being offered to guests ARRIVING during the dates listed below. A minimum stay of 3 nights is required and may not be booked for longer than 14 nights.

August 31 – October 3, 2014
October 26 – November 1, 2014
November 9 – 20, 2014
December 12 – 23, 2014

Disney Resorts

If you stay at a Value Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)

If you reserve a Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Dining plan for FREE. (You can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night).

NOTE: Fort Wilderness campsites, 3-bedroom Disney Vacation Club villas, Little Mermaid rooms at Art of Animation Resort, all Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, All-Star Movies rooms, and rooms at Port Orleans Resort Riverside and French Quarter are not included in this offer.

Tickets

In addition to booking a minimum stay of 3 nights at one of the above Disney resorts, you’ll also need to purchase AT LEAST a 2-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket.

Call We Travelers Three today at 614-458-8617 or contact via email at kelly@wetravelersthree.com to book your FREE dining package today.

2014 FREE Dining Promotion for Disney VISA Cardholders

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Mickey and Minnie waffles

Great News! Disney World just released their 2014 Fall Free Dining Promotion  for Disney Visa Cardholders.

August 31 – October 3 / October 26 – November 1 / November 9 – 20 / December 12 – 23 Arrivals
Must book by August 8, 2014
Limited Availability ~ Black-Out Days Apply

We expect to see this promotion released to the general public on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney World moderate or deluxe resort and receive the Standard / Plus Dining Plan at no extra cost. This dining plan includes 1 counter-service meal credit, 1 table-service meal credit, and 1 snack credit per person, per night of stay. Receiving this dining plan free of charge saves a family of four about $107 or more per night of stay, based on the regular cost of this dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan by just paying the difference between the standard and the deluxe plans. Contact us for details.  Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort are excluded from this offer.

Book a qualifying vacation package at a Disney World Value Resort (Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, All-Stars Music or All-Star Sports Resorts, or Pop Century) and receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan at no extra cost. The quick-service plan provides two quick/counter-service meals + 1 snack per person, per night of stay. Receiving this plan at no extra cost saves a family of four about $85 per night of stay. You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plans by paying the difference between the quick service dining plan and your preferred dining plan. Contact us for details.  Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is excluded from this offer. The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are excluded from this promotion but the family suites are included.

Travel Dates: Your arrival (check-in) date must fall between August 31 – October 3 / October 26 – November 1 / November 9 – 20 / December 12 – 23, 2014  to qualify for the free dining promotion.    Remember that the check-in date is the important date, if you arrive by December 23, your departure date can extend beyond December 23 and you will still have free dining for the duration of your vacation, even over Christmas.

Minimum Requirements: Must purchase a package that includes three (3) Consecutive nights stay at a Disney Resort + at least 2-Day Disney Magic Your Way theme park Tickets.

Must book by August 8, 2014.

You must use your Disney Visa to pay a $200 deposit at the time of booking with the balance due 45 days prior to arrival.  The deposit is completely refundable up to 45 days prior to arrival so there is no risk at this time.   If you think you might want to take advantage of Free Dining, book a room now and then cancel later, if necessary.

Exclusions: Fort Wilderness campsites, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies, all 3-bedroom villas, Villas at Grand Floridian Resort, and Little Mermaid rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are excluded from this offer. The Cabins at the Fort Wilderness campground and Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation are included in the promotion.

Dining Reservations – Dining can be booked up to 180 days prior to your arrival which means that dining can now be booked for most of the free dining dates. Have We Travelers Three book your dining reservations by purchasing one of our Customized Itinerary Plans or Magical Meal Plans as soon as you are able. The free dining promotion has a serious impact on the number of available dining reservations and some restaurants will fully book very early.

In addition to the free dining promotions, you can receive vacation planning help for an additional fee when you book your Disney vacation through We Travelers Three. We will provide a Customized daily itinerary, help with dining reservations, and a  subscription to Disney+ Newsletter to help you with Disney World Theme Park touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.

Click here to book your vacation with free dining today

Please let me know if you have any questions about the above information – I’m here to help.

Walt Disney World Dining Review: Gaston’s Tavern

By Tom Driver

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Exterior of Gaston’s Tavern
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The fountain in honor of Gaston

My eyes lit up when my wife mentioned a new restaurant called Gaston’s Tavern would be part of the recent additions to Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  I loved the spitting, roughhousing and clanking of mugs from the tavern scene in the movie Beauty and the Beast.  “That’s a great idea,” I told my wife,  “a place for all the weary, stroller pushing men to relax for a few minutes and enjoy a cold adult beverage.”  Unless you resemble a diminutive Frenchman named LeFou, Gaston’s Tavern seems like a fun place to hang out.  “It’s not like that,” she tersely replied.

The tavern is adorned with Disney’s expected attention to detail.  Visitors are greeted with a statue of Gaston in all his narcissistic glory but at the expense of poor LeFou.  The entrance is a testament to the host’s philosophy of using antlers in all of his decorating and the interior continues the rustic theme highlighted by Gaston’s hunting trophies on the walls and enough wood to build a small village. The barrels displayed above the counter sporting names like Trois Blondes Biere and Chateau Blunderbuss are fun but just a tease to those wishing they were real.

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“I use antlers in all of my decorating…”

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Despite being Gaston’s footstool Lafou owns the tavern’s headliner – LeFou’s Brew.  A combination of frozen apple juice and toasted marshmallow topped with a passion fruit and mango foam.  It’s tasty.  My daughter tried to finish every last drop inside her souvenir cup before sampling the snacks we ordered.  She opted for the stein with Gaston and LeFou’s picture over Belle’s goblet;  the refreshing concoction is also available without the extra souvenir.

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Lefou's Brew in souvenir mug Lefou’s Brew in souvenir mug
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We got 10 thumbs up for LeFou’s Brew!

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Gaston’s Tavern is not a quick service restaurant so don’t expect burgers or hot dogs with a side of french fries.  The menu consists of snacks, and that’s how it would be tallied for those using the dining plan, with the most hearty, and expensive, being a roasted pork shank for $9.49.  The rest of the snacks range from $2.99 up to $4.39.  Our family sampled the cinnamon roll, chocolate croissant, mixed fruit cup, apple slices with caramel sauce and the hummus and dip.

Pre-packaged apples and dip
Pre-packaged apples and dip
Pre-packaged hummus and pretzel chips
Pre-packaged hummus and pretzel chips

The cinnamon rolls are comparable to anything one would find in a fine bakery.  The huge chunks of light and fluffy bread are served at the perfect temperature in that the icing was just beginning to melt but not enough to disappear into the roll.  The chocolate croissant was delicious but messy; powdered sugar seemed to land all over the customers, especially little ones, and the tables, but cast members were quick with a rag.  We also tried the mixed fruit, sliced apples and hummus and chips.  They tasted quite bland, as one might expect from a prepackaged snack.

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Cinnamon Roll
Chocolate Croissant
Chocolate Croissant

Our family had lunch at Gaston’s Tavern, however this was only accomplished because we had a large breakfast.  If one is really hungry the pork shank, which another patron heartily recommended, might do the trick but it’s not likely to appeal to everyone in the family.  We skipped it because a hot, humid day and a hot piece of roasted pork wasn’t an appealing combination.  We recommend stopping by for a mid-meal snack of LeFou’s Brew and either the cinnamon roll or the croissant.  There’s no real brew but LaFou’s mixture combined with a bakery treat are worth the visit.

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Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan Details

Disney Dining Plan

If your family likes to take their time at meals and enjoys a more structured meal time then the Deluxe Dining Plan may be for you.  This plan is great if you want more table-service dining experiences.  By offer 3 meals and 2 snacks per day you can essentially use all 3 meals at Table-Service dining locations every day of your vacation.  This allows you to make all of your dining reservations in advance and also allows you the opportunity to experience some of Disney World’s finer dining options as well as more character dining experiences.

Deluxe Dining Plan
Again, you must purchase the standard dining plan as an add-on to a Magic Your Way Vacation Package at Walt Disney World. This means you’ll be staying at a Disney owned-and-operated resort, and will have purchased at least a one-day ticket for everyone staying in your room.

Includes: Each member of your party receives the following, per night:

  • Three table service or quick service meals:
    • table service includes entrée, appetizer and dessert, OR full buffet, plus non-alcoholic beverage
    • quick service includes entrée, dessert, plus non-alcoholic beverage, OR combo meal plus plus non-alcoholic beverage OR combo meal plus dessert and non-alcoholic beverage
  • Two snacks from a wide variety of options
  • One resort refillable mug per person, per package

2013 Cost
Value and Regular Season
$99.97 per night ages 10 and up; $26.84 per night ages 3 to 9

Peak Season
$102.27 per night ages 10 and up; $28.91 per night ages 3 to 9

Peak season dates are February 14 – 23, March 8 – April 6, May 31 – August 3, and December 13 – 31, 2013.

Other Details to Note:

  • A table service meal may be used for one Character Dining Experience (except Cinderella’s Royal Table, which will require 2 table service meals).
  • Two table service meals may be exchanged for one of the following:
    • one Signature Dining Experience, including entrée, dessert plus non-alcoholic beverage
    • one Disney Dinner Show (Category 2 or 3 seating at either show, or Category 1 seating at the 9:30 pm Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue)
    • one room service meal, including entrée, dessert, plus non-alcoholic beverage
    • one Pizza Delivery – 1 pizza, 2 non-alcoholic beverages, 2 desserts

For a full brochure and FAQ about the Deluxe Dining Plan, click the link below:

2013 Deluxe Dining Plan Brochure

If you would like to add the deluxe dining plan to your package or book a Walt Disney World package contact us and we will be happy to help you with your magical Disney vacation.

Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan Details

Disney Dining Plan

One of the most economical dining plans at Walt Disney World is the Quick Service dining plan.

If your family is one that doesn’t like to be tied down by a dining reservation or wants to have the freedom of eating while on the go then the Quick Service dining plan is for you.

The Disney Quick Service Dining Plan offers a convenient and affordable way to enjoy snacks and quick service meals at over 50 select restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort.  Quick service restaurants offer a wide variety of food from soups, sandwiches, and salads to pastas, fish, chicken and meat entrees.  At Quick-service locations, Guests order food and beverages at a counter or register.  Advanced Dining Reservations are not available at Quick-Service locations – just stop by and enjoy.

Quick Service Dining Plan Details

Includes Per Person, Per Night: This plan includes counter service (e.g. fast food) meals and snacks at most quick service dining locations in the Walt Disney World Resort.

  • Two quick service meals (entrée or combo meal, dessert at lunch and dinner and a non-alcoholic beverage)
  • One snack
  • One Resort refillable drink mug per person, per package

You’re welcome to use the meals and snacks in any order and at any time. For example, if you book a 4-night Magic Your Way Vacation Package with Quick Service Dining Plan, you’ll have 8 meals and 4 snacks per person. You’re free to use 4 of those meals on the first day, 2 of the snacks on the second day, 0 meals on the third day, etc. Disney doesn’t care when you use ‘em!

For 2013, $37.58 per night per adult (ages 10 and up), $14.32 per night for children (ages 3-9). This cost is added to the regular cost of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package.

Extra Details:

  • Everyone staying in your hotel room must be booked on the same package.
  • Kids under the age of 3 are free, and may share a meal with an adult. If your 2-yr-old wants his own meal, one can be purchased from the menu separately.
  • Kids ages 3-9 must order from a children’s menu where available.

To see more information about the Quick Service Dining Plan, along with an FAQ, click this link:

2013 Quick Service Dining Plan Brochure

If you would like to add the quick service dining plan to your package or book a Walt Disney World package contact us and we will be happy to help you with your magical Disney vacation.