There was a question asked about the Free Dining that Disney sometimes offers.
First I'll explain the options that are available and comprise different Disney Dining Plans. You need to know that Dining plans are available to those staying on Disney property. Unfortunately if your accommodations are not at Disney resort then dining plans are not an option you can choose.
Here are the 3 main components that may make up a Dining Plan:
All this to say that we really like the dining plan (and love the dining plan when it's free!) but it's not necessary to have a dining plan to enjoy wonderful time at Disney. Personally I like the freedom of not checking prices every single time we're hungry. I like the fact that my food is paid for before I leave home so that I'm not constantly adding up the cost in my head. But, that's me. Each person is different and each family does what is best for them.
So, that's a lot of info I've tossed at you. Please feel free to leave a comment asking for clarification if anything is unclear. It's a great system that works well but is not easy to condense into one blog post.
Happy Dining! I'm off to begin planning our dining for this coming August's trip. Dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance of your arrival date so for us that date is quickly approaching! Time to organize what I want to eat.....6 months from now! :)