[QUOTE=evansfmly5;979145]As my trip draws near, I become more and more frustrated that DVC members aren’t eligible for the free dining plan.
“Free” dining is a promotional package offered by the WDW Resort that is designed to fill the resorts and parks during an otherwise slow period. It really isn’t free as it can only be obtained by purchasing a promotional package that includes at least 3 nights [B]at the full rack rate [/B]and at least one day’s worth of park tickets.
The intent of “free” dining is to [B]increase revenue [/B]during slow periods.
To give the dining plan to DVC members would [B]cost[/B] Disney a lot of money, and it wouldn’t increase revenue. DVC members are going to come and fill a resort and probably visit the parks anyway.
I don’t ever see Disney offering free dining to vacations booked via points. Of course, DVC members can book the same promotional package as the general public using cash and take advantage of “free” dining.