Free Dining vs. Discounted Room RateOur first analysis will be comparing this dollar amount to the room discounts you may find with various Disney Vacation Packages. If you didn't know, when you purchase a free dining package you are paying rack rate for your room. (Rack rate is the non-discounted cost of the room.) Room discounts range anywhere from 10% to 30% off the rack rate. It's incredibly difficult to actually nail down a comparative number because discounts fluctuate season to season. Not only that, they vary within the Value, Moderate and Deluxe tiers. So we're going to have to do some estimating when coming up with a number to compare to the dining plan cost. If you're using this article to decide between free dining or a room discount make sure you use exact numbers from the resort you're considering! We're going to use current summer discount offerings with standard rooms. Room rates vary a lot, for 2018 you'll see rates that can be $40-60 higher than listed below during holidays or other events.
- For value resorts you're typically looking at around $145 per night. With a 15% discount you'll save $21.75 per night.
- For moderate resorts you're typically looking at around $260 per night. With a 10% discount you'll save $26.00 per night.
- For a deluxe resort like Animal Kingdom Lodge you're typically looking at around $450 per night. With a 20% discount you'll save $90.00 per night.
- For a deluxe resort like the Polynesian you're typically looking at around $600 per night. With a 10% discount you'll save $60.00 per night.