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asmit4
08-23-2007, 06:37 PM
:confused3 Someone in another thread just posted this:

Just booked the free dining plan for next august. It has to be moderate hotel or above (no values this time) and the starting date is 10th august 2008, so thats 2 rooms in CSR with interconnecting rooms and cabanas 9b(hopefully). that is the UK offer so hopefully they will be offering it with you in the states soon.


Granted, this is the UK but are they really already offering free dining in the UK for 2008??? :confused3

Shasta
08-23-2007, 06:43 PM
No

disneyjunkie
08-23-2007, 06:55 PM
Yes

I think they have to book through a TA (Virgin:confused3 )

disneyjunkie
08-23-2007, 06:58 PM
I'm keeping my eyes open for the bounce back plan. If they offer that again this year, I'm flying down for one night in order to book it.

Thereís no way Iím waiting around for an April release date.

Shasta
08-23-2007, 07:05 PM
Thanks, I stand corrected. :thumbsup2

mickey2000
08-23-2007, 07:20 PM
Look here for details.
Value resorts are not included:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1549895

asmit4
08-23-2007, 07:43 PM
I just got a great quote for CSR.

7 nights
September 2008
2 adults
5 day hopper pass with waterpark hopper and more tickets
basic dining plan for all 7 nights

The UK site has some great deals. I wonder if americans can book through there. Would our reservations be void when they find out we are american?

disneyjunkie
08-23-2007, 08:01 PM
I just got a great quote for CSR.

7 nights
September 2008
2 adults
5 day hopper pass with waterpark hopper and more tickets
basic dining plan for all 7 nights

The UK site has some great deals. I wonder if americans can book through there. Would our reservations be void when they find out we are american?


So it's only for the basic plan? I wouldn't mind paying a bit more to upgrade to the deluxe plan.(of course then it wouldn't be free dining:rotfl2: )

PaulaSB12
08-24-2007, 03:13 AM
:confused3 Someone in another thread just posted this:

Just booked the free dining plan for next august. It has to be moderate hotel or above (no values this time) and the starting date is 10th august 2008, so thats 2 rooms in CSR with interconnecting rooms and cabanas 9b(hopefully). that is the UK offer so hopefully they will be offering it with you in the states soon.


Granted, this is the UK but are they really already offering free dining in the UK for 2008??? :confused3

Yes I have booked 2 rooms at CSR with it for 14 days starting 10th August 2008.

PaulaSB12
08-24-2007, 03:15 AM
Yes

I think they have to book through a TA (Virgin:confused3 )

No you don't (that first message looked like mine) booked direct with disney yesterday.

natalielongstaff
08-24-2007, 03:18 AM
those of us in the uk are being offered free DDP for next year.....virgin and travel city direct are both advertising it :)

sunlover13
08-24-2007, 08:53 AM
This is our first time going during free dining. What is the bounceback program and how does it work? TIA

disneyjunkie
08-24-2007, 09:13 AM
This is our first time going during free dining. What is the bounceback program and how does it work? TIA

Bounce back was introduced last year. If you stayed on site from Nov-Dec.(I can't recall the exact dates), then you could book the free dining package for this August-September.

I think you had to pay the deposit when you booked.:confused3 You were only allowed to book one room.

The bounce back and UK visitors had a few extra weeks to play with. I believe they were able to book free dining from early August to the end of September.

Disney Visa holders and general public were only able to book free dining for end of August to end of September.


We have no idea if they will over this promotion again.:wizard:

sunlover13
08-24-2007, 09:33 AM
Thanks for the info..........

caroline1851
08-24-2007, 10:52 AM
I don't understand..............why is it offered to the UK before right here in the USA? Since there IS free dining being offered to the UK, does that mean that it will DEFINENTLY be offered here?

honeymo78
08-24-2007, 11:13 AM
People in the UK tend to book longer vacations and seem to plan farther in advance - at least that is what I have learned from these boards. While there is no guarantee that it will be offered in the US as bounce back or regular offer, I still think that its likely - however it may exclude value resorts, like the UK offer does.

Elise79
08-24-2007, 11:34 AM
We booked our free dining trip for this September last year!!

It is true that generally in the UK we book our vacations (especially to WDW) in advance and we stay longer to make the 8 1/2 hour flight worth it!

Gives us more planning time to obess over those ADR's :rotfl:

Elise

PaulaSB12
08-24-2007, 11:45 AM
I had to book with my work for next years holiday now as august is very popular. In fact I have also booked my holiday from work for christmas 2008 at the same time.

vickiea
08-24-2007, 12:08 PM
OK, any of you Brits out there. How do they verify you are a Brit for booking it this early? I am a Brit but now live in Canada, but have been thinking about planning a WDW trip as a meet up spot with family still in UK. Do you just have to have a UK mailing address a British passport (I have one of those)? If so I could book for all of us and send the packages to my cousins house - this way I could make sure we all get to stay at the same resort at the same time.

Thanks for any info.

Vickie

lgaston
08-24-2007, 12:26 PM
I'm keeping my eyes open for the bounce back plan. If they offer that again this year, I'm flying down for one night in order to book it.

Thereís no way Iím waiting around for an April release date.

Oh yes! Count me in too:banana: even if i'll have to drive 23 hours no way i'll be waiting for somewhat of promo for April hihih

disneyjunkie
08-24-2007, 12:29 PM
I understand why they allow visitors from the UK to book early, I just wish we had the same option.

I turned in all of my vacation requests for the rest of 2007 and 2008(Thanksgiving, Easter and 4 weeks mid August-early September)a few weeks ago. As a matter of fact, I turned in my request for our August 2008 cruise back can in February.


I'm sure there are plenty of families that would love to have confirmed vacation plans in place early. It would be nice to have close to a year to pay everything off.

JimMIA
08-24-2007, 01:51 PM
Bounce back was introduced last year. If you stayed on site from Nov-Dec.(I can't recall the exact dates), then you could book the free dining package for this August-September.I don't remember the rest of the details either, but one important detail was that you could only book the Bounce Back in person, at WDW, during that eligibility period. It was not something where you got a code and could call back later to book.

When you checked in, there was a card or flyer in your packet and you had to physically go somewhere to book. I think there were two resorts where you could go to book -- Beach Club, and one other (PORFQ?)

Some people actually made special one-night trips just to get Bounce Back!

keliblue
08-24-2007, 02:21 PM
I don't remember the rest of the details either, but one important detail was that you could only book the Bounce Back in person, at WDW, during that eligibility period. It was not something where you got a code and could call back later to book.

When you checked in, there was a card or flyer in your packet and you had to physically go somewhere to book. I think there were two resorts where you could go to book -- Beach Club, and one other (PORFQ?)

Some people actually made special one-night trips just to get Bounce Back!

It was Beach Club and POR.. I just happen to be there with a fellow Diser (HI Bonzerella:) ) to catch the end of F & W and the beginning of Christmas Decorations.. in November. So we booked the Bounce back deal. You did have to put down a deposit and you were able to book more then one room but they couldn't both be in your name. (husbands name was used for the other room)

This is our last year of free Dining :guilty: We purchased DVC :woohoo:

firsttimedisn
08-24-2007, 02:29 PM
We are going down mid-November and are renting DVC points. Would we be eligible to book rooms for free dining through the bounce back program if it is offered while we're down there, or do you have to be booked at a regular resort?

disneyjunkie
08-24-2007, 02:36 PM
I just did a search on the bounce back program. (I'm having a hard time remembering all the details from last year.)

Here's a link to the threads that popped up. I only searched the code and rates board.

http://www.disboards.com/searchbt.php?search=Bounce+back&order=1&user=&scope=4&cat=1&frm=93

Tink3Belle
08-24-2007, 05:02 PM
That $1,700. qote is probably in pounds not dollars so I am sure its more but it would be a nice deal.

texasteacher35
08-24-2007, 05:53 PM
I just called WDW and they said NO FREE DDP FOR 2008 offered at this time...and she actually sad, no package deals at this time either...I do not know if that is true or not,but that is what the CM said! FYI

asmit4
08-24-2007, 06:56 PM
Actually the 1700 was in american dollars. It's 848 I believe in Pounds. I checked the conversion online :)

As for the comment about how no free dining is available for 2008 per a CM, well, yes for US citizens that is true. I logged onto the UK disney site though and they do have free dining available. It would have let me book but I'm worried about our reservation being cancelled b/c I'm not a UK citizen.

disneyjunkie
08-24-2007, 08:10 PM
Actually the 1700 was in american dollars. It's 848 I believe in Pounds. I checked the conversion online :)

As for the comment about how no free dining is available for 2008 per a CM, well, yes for US citizens that is true. I logged onto the UK disney site though and they do have free dining available. It would have let me book but I'm worried about our reservation being cancelled b/c I'm not a UK citizen.
Do have a link to the site?

I'd like to nose around a bit and get an idea of what it may cost us if it's offered.

I'm hoping to spend 6 nights in the world after our cruise next September.

asmit4
08-24-2007, 08:19 PM
disney.co.uk

It took me awhile to find the free dining link, but it's there. Ya just gotta buy 5 nights at moderate or deluxe I think.

Also, be sure to go to www.xe.com I think. You can plug in the pound cost and translate to US dollars.

disneyjunkie
08-24-2007, 09:00 PM
Wow, I'm amazed! Those prices look to good to be true.:eek:

I was quoted 774.00 pounds for 6 nights at POFQ (September 1-7), 5 day premium passes and free dining for one adult and on teen. That comes out to $1,057.67.

Aliceacc
08-24-2007, 09:15 PM
I'll be keeping my eye on this one. I would love to save the $800 the dining plan will cost us, but I have a feeling that our trip from 8/12 through 8/18 will be too early.

disneyjunkie
08-24-2007, 09:19 PM
This year the general public free dining started a few weeks later than the other two. I wonder if they'll do the same thing next year.

karylrocks
08-24-2007, 09:43 PM
Do have a link to the site?

I'd like to nose around a bit and get an idea of what it may cost us if it's offered.

I'm hoping to spend 6 nights in the world after our cruise next September.I would think you could just go to the regular WDW website and get a quote for your trip. Then if they offer free dining during that time, it would be the same price. That is what I have been doing, just not knowing for sure what the dates are and whether they will include the values is tricky. I am planning for Aug. 24-31 and pricing out both value and mod resorts.

PaulaSB12
08-24-2007, 11:46 PM
I'll be keeping my eye on this one. I would love to save the $800 the dining plan will cost us, but I have a feeling that our trip from 8/12 through 8/18 will be too early.

Starting date with the uk one is 8/10 which when I am going.

harvardx
08-27-2007, 01:41 PM
Help - brand new! What is the bounce back plan? Sounds wonderful. :goodvibes

Pixiedust34
08-27-2007, 02:07 PM
I would think you could just go to the regular WDW website and get a quote for your trip. Then if they offer free dining during that time, it would be the same price. That is what I have been doing, just not knowing for sure what the dates are and whether they will include the values is tricky. I am planning for Aug. 24-31 and pricing out both value and mod resorts.


That's what I've been doing, too. I've been getting quotes for various dates in early Sept. that we could travel next year. I was kind of hoping to stay at Pop Century, but the UK residents need to stay at a moderate or deluxe to get free dining in 08. I'm wondering if it'll be the same for us--if so, we'll be staying at a mod to get the free dining. I'm also wondering what the dates will be for free dining for US citizens. I want to make sure our dates are well within free dining range if it's offered. In the past, I think that you could get free dining for length of stay even if you booked the first night of your trip on the last day of free dining. I'm not sure if it'll work that way in 2008. :confused3

Although I'd like to make our reservations now, I'm going to hold off and maybe wait until we get more information so I can decide whether to stay at Pop or upgrade to a moderate, plus I want to make sure my dates include the whole offer.

If free dining is offered again in 08 to USA and other non-UK residents, I think it would be nice if Disney Visa holders could have the same booking timeframe as the bounce back program (if there is a bounce back program).

We'll have to stay tuned to see what happens. UK residents, congratulations on planning your vacations so soon! : )

castleri
08-27-2007, 05:47 PM
We are going down mid-November and are renting DVC points. Would we be eligible to book rooms for free dining through the bounce back program if it is offered while we're down there, or do you have to be booked at a regular resort?

I am a DVC member and booked during the bounce back promotion last year. You do have to show your room key to prove you are actually staying at a Disney resort when booking. I was able to book two rooms and it was then set up as a grand gathering. Once home we were able to upgrade to a moderate resort from the value we had originally booked but it took some special efforts by several cast members so I suggest you book where you want to stay when you first book. Since your room key will not indicate that you rented points you should be able to do it if they offer it while you are there. I had to ask around to find the person who was doing the booking at BC because many of the front desk CMs did not know anything about the promotion. I only knew about it from the DIS and did not get any info when we checked in.