If your children or the children in your party are over the age of ten, dining promotions can provide huge savings. Kids over the age of ten are charged the dining and ticket rate of adults.
In the last few years, only the Deluxe Resorts have qualified for the free Disney dining plan promotions, whereas the Value and Moderate Resorts qualified only for free quick service dining. So if you’re staying at a Value or Moderate Resort, and want to the standard Disney Dining Plan, you must pay for the difference of the upgrade. In other words, the dining promotions are not as advantageous to those staying at Value or Moderate resorts, and especially with younger kids. The same would apply for anyone or any party wanting the Deluxe Dining Plan.