I’m doing some pondering for a potential fall trip and I’ve got a strategy question regarding free dining. I took a look at some prior years for free dining around Thanksgiving and wondering how I might account for this scenario if it happens to us.
I’m considering taking a trip arriving 11/24 (the day after Thanksgiving), leaving 11/29. In years past, I’ve seen that the free dining promotion has had some blackout dates around Thanksgiving, starting back up on the Saturday following Thanksgiving in some cases. If we assume that happens this year, and I arrive the day before that (Friday), I’ll miss out on Free Dining since it’s based on the arrival date falling within the dates offered for free dining.
So… if that’s the case, what is the right approach for getting around this, assuming I only want to stay at 1 resort? Book a 1 day (room only) stay at that resort for arrival day, then book the remainder of the trip separately so it looks like the “arrival date” is the start date of free dining?
For park tickets, would I add all the park tickets onto the 2nd reservation? If I do this, can I use those tickets on the date I arrive (a day before the reservation that includes free dining and the park admission)?
Magic Express should be OK, right? I believe I’ve read in the past that Magic Express works fine doing a “split stay”. This would essentially be a “split stay” at a single resort.
I know this is sort of rambling, but if anyone has advice I’d appreciate it. This could easily become a moot point depending on what the details are for free dining if/when it’s released. We’ve never gone in the fall before and we’ve never experienced free dining, so it’s unfamiliar territory.