Disney is offering a new(ish) promotion that might help you save on dining during your next trip! (Sorry, it’s not the Disney Dining Plan.)
We’ve seen the Dining Promo Card before in various forms, and now it’s returning in a new way in 2023. This promotion is essentially a gift card that you can only use at select Disney World restaurants. If you’re staying at a Disney hotel, you might be eligible to receive one!
What Is the Dining Promo Card?
The Dining Promo Card is basically a gift card that you can use at select Disney World restaurants. The card is included with certain hotel reservations, and we’ll go into the details about how you can qualify for the promotion in the next section.
If you have a qualifying Disney hotel reservation, you’ll receive the promo card in your email once you check into your reservation. The card’s value depends on your vacation arrival date, how long you’re staying at the hotel, and which hotel you choose.
The offer is good for up to a $750 Dining Promo Card. Here are the values based on travel dates and resorts:
- At value resorts — $35 per night if your arrival date is between June 25th and June 30th or July 11th and the 31st, and $50 per night if your arrival date is between July 1st and the 10th or August 1st and September 14th
- At moderate resorts — $75 per night if your arrival date falls between June 25th and June 30th or July 11th and the 31st, and $100 per night if your arrival date falls between July 1st and the 10th or August 1st and September 14th
- At deluxe resorts — $125 per night if your arrival date falls between June 25th and June 30th or July 11th and the 31st, and $150 per night if your arrival date falls between July 1st and the 10th or August 1st and September 14th
You must book at least a 4-night stay, which means the gift cards start at $140 total for value resorts, $300 total for moderate resorts, and $500 total for deluxe resorts. Remember, you get one gift card per ROOM, not per person.
Who Gets a Dining Promo Card?
Disney has announced that the new Dining Promo Card offer will be available for guests who are visiting between June 25th and September 14th, 2023. Guests must book a minimum 4-night stay at a Disney World hotel with at least 4 days of park tickets in order to be eligible to receive the card.
Disney has done something similar in the past for guests visiting from the UK, and we’ve also seen a Quick Service Dining Card offered to people who stay at Disney World good neighbor hotels. The new promotion is for people staying at Disney World hotels who also booked park tickets.
The offer became available to book on January 5th. There is only one card per reservation, so if you have a large group staying in multiple hotel rooms, it would be better to book separately. Current reservations that fit the dates can be modified with the new offer, but keep in mind that some hotel prices recently increased, so the modification may cost you more than it cost when you originally booked.
How Do You Use the Dining Promo Card?
The Dining Promo Card will be emailed to the address of the lead guest on the reservation after check-in. The email will include a barcode that can be scanned at restaurants, and the card may be added to Google or Apple Wallets on your phone. You can either show the email on your mobile device, via a printed copy, or by adding it to your mobile wallet!
If you’re Mobile Ordering, you may enter the number of the gift card into the My Disney Experience app to pay for your order. Whatever balance is remaining on your dining card will expire on September 30th, 2023. It works dollar-for-dollar like cash instead of a points system, so you can easily keep track of how much you’re spending. You’ll be able to check your balance the following ways:
- Visit Disney Gift Card to check online
- Call (877) 650-4327
- Ask a participating food-and-beverage location to check for you
There are some locations where you CAN’T use the Dining Promo Card, and those are listed below:
- Merchandise locations and candy kitchens
- Dining locations at Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel and Walt Disney World Swan Reserve Hotel
- Dining locations at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
- Dining locations at Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels
- Dining locations at Walt Disney World Official Hotels at Bonnet Creek
- Dining locations at Walt Disney World Gateway Hotels
If you want more tips on how to choose the best restaurants for your upcoming Disney World vacation, be sure to check out our DFB guidebooks! We’ve done all the research for you in writing our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining 2023! We’ve got details on EVERY restaurant at Walt Disney World inside our eBook – and it’s easy to download to your tablet or smartphone to take with you on your next trip. Use our discount code for DFB readers – WDW2023 – for 25% off!
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