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sscassel
03-29-2011, 06:25 PM
Disney is giving me chest pains for crying out loud! Wish they would put up the new offers like the FDD! Getting upset because my friends and family are getting codes. But not us who have been there 5 times in the past 6 yrs! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH:headache:

Sagginit
03-29-2011, 06:32 PM
i plan on skipping this year, im either skipping a vaca to save money or want to go somewhere new (hey ive never been to disneyland...;) ). that is why in the last two months they have sent me two pin codes. i almost cried when the second one came in for free dining with lady and the tramp as tonys town square spaghetti and meatballs is our favorite disney meal. if only they would let you pass pins on.

sscassel
03-29-2011, 07:09 PM
I don't think I could do DL. I think I would be disappointed. I love Epcot & DHS.

java
03-29-2011, 07:11 PM
I'm sorry. I wish I could give you my code. We can't go, dh lost his job and Disney is punishing me by sending me more and more codes this year.

Taja
03-29-2011, 07:22 PM
There was an article during the past few weeks that Disney is trying to wean guests from expecting discounts. Can't remember the source. Orlando Sentinel? It was posted on DISboards somewhere!

So don't hold your breath too long!

Although, you never know. Between fuel prices and the price of everything else increasing, they may need to rethink their strategy--at least in the short term!

sscassel
03-29-2011, 07:40 PM
Wean guests! O geez. Maybe they should start by not sending out codes to select few cause the rest of us sit & wait....Meantime no bookings are happening for them in that case.

3boymthr
03-29-2011, 07:55 PM
They know you're probably going to go so they're not as incentivized to give you a discount. I OTH have only been a few times and not for several years so they're trying really hard to get me to come back so I get tons of codes.

ceemys
03-29-2011, 08:18 PM
I've never received a code. lol I guess 3 times in 6 years is good enough for them. Although this time I got my kids for free and 30% off the DDP. :)

williamson_ja
03-29-2011, 08:29 PM
We're not doing it this year. It's too expensive without the discounts... I should probably change my signature. lol. We have always gone for free dining and stayed value. A room discount on a value isn't even close to what you get with free dining. I have a big family and can't afford to do it without a big discount. They'll miss us this year. :) Hopefully they will rethink their strategy and we'll be back another year.

sscassel
03-29-2011, 08:34 PM
Yes, they most definitly need to rethink this entire thing! The only way I was able to get there was I snagged cheap tickets in advance on Airtran and FDD. Stayed at CB a few times, the rest POP. Hope they reconsider

pigletto
03-29-2011, 08:38 PM
Wean guests! O geez. Maybe they should start by not sending out codes to select few cause the rest of us sit & wait....Meantime no bookings are happening for them in that case.

People used to beg, plead and whine over and over for a 40% off Deluxe PIN code. It was highly coveted and people wanted it badly. It just ended YESTERDAY. It was up for months. Along with other discounts on rooms. The one I booked for our first night got me a value for 66 bucks for the night.
Free Dining was offered at the start of the year for selected dates for the rest of the year. And it was offered for MONTHS. Wasn't it August until December that we could book that?
I want to save money on my vacation as much as the next person.. and I always look for the best deal. I understand the anticipation.. but it's not like things haven't been offered.
There was also the kids stay and play free. I mean sure.. not every discount works for everyone.. but it's not like they have dried up completely. In fact the booking window for free dining was longer than ever.. it was just at a different time.

RangerPooh
03-29-2011, 11:34 PM
As far as codes go, I've only received 1 in the last few years. We make one or two trips to either DL or WDW a year and are still not on their "let's send a pin" list. So instead we usually just book the best discount code rate that we can find, whether it's an AP or AAA rate. Or in the case of DL, offsite.

sookie
03-29-2011, 11:46 PM
as someone who is unexperienced at disney, its hard to figure out what a good rate is and what isn't.

cglaura
03-30-2011, 01:03 AM
Not sure if this will help or not, but I ordered the vacation DVD and a week or two later I got the free dining pin and a room only pin in the postal mail.

Can't hurt?

CaliforniaDreamin
03-30-2011, 01:32 AM
I don't think I could do DL. I think I would be disappointed. I love Epcot & DHS.

Oh no....I LOVE DL!!! It's so charming and it's the original so to me that adds a little extra magic. Plus, you can walk to the parks from any of the Disney hotels (We stayed at Paradise Pier). You actually walk thru Downtown Disney to get to the parks. I love it and wish we go could go back. Bonus: The POTC is better!

SelfEmployedDebtFree
03-30-2011, 01:46 AM
24 trips so far... I dont recall EVER getting a pin code. Ive asked, begged, and signed up for everything they said you should try. Nothing helped.:mad:

DisneyScraps
03-30-2011, 02:48 AM
Here is my little observation.

I have been to Disney 25+ times. I used to go 4 times a year or more now it's once or twice. It's the economy.

I never ever get a code!

Once I went with a boyfriend and you know how Disney loves to keep information. I got a code sent to my house in HIS name. He went one time with me under MY name.

Fast forward a few years. My current DBF went with me once. He gets codes monthly.

Me....still not at all.

I see it as they want to hook new people. They know that they already have me so why offer me a discount? Sheesh.

I recently moved so I am thinking of establishing a new Disney account under that address and starting all over with them. My name is the same but I have one of those really common names. Think Mary Smith, it's not it but close!

Lisa

ChattaAlley
03-30-2011, 05:41 AM
I wish I could give you mine. I have received 2 in the last month. I am wanting to go around Christmas time and then next year around April. The codes I got are for April-August.

bettymae1121
03-30-2011, 10:40 AM
I got a code about two weeks after booking a WDW for May (I was able to apply the code, saved over $400!). Then just yesterday I got another FDD code for travel this summer. As much as I'd love to go twice in one year, A) I can't afford it and B) you couldn't pay me to go to WDW in summer...too hot and too crowded!

It's weird how some of us get tons of offers and others get none. Maybe it helps that we haven't been to WDW in 6 years (we've been to DLR though, as we often add on a few days in CA when visiting my family in AZ).

MomToOne
03-30-2011, 10:46 AM
I don't think I could do DL. I think I would be disappointed. I love Epcot & DHS.

DL and WDW have their own personalities, but both are great in their own ways. :wizard:

We went back to DL last summer after having done WDW for several years - both my daughter and I would be hard pressed to name which one we like 'better'! I suspect my daughter would even say she liked DL better overall, although she loves Epcot.

eliza61
03-30-2011, 11:13 AM
Wean guests! O geez. Maybe they should start by not sending out codes to select few cause the rest of us sit & wait....Meantime no bookings are happening for them in that case.

Yes, they most definitly need to rethink this entire thing! The only way I was able to get there was I snagged cheap tickets in advance on Airtran and FDD. Stayed at CB a few times, the rest POP. Hope they reconsider

as someone who is unexperienced at disney, its hard to figure out what a good rate is and what isn't.

While I know this is the budget board, try to remember that 24 hour deals does not equal profit. this is the problem the airlines are running into. they've slashed fares to unmaintable levels and people are conditioned. unfortuantely you cannot run a business that way.

when you offer a gazillion deals and cut your profit margin, you still have to keep your shareholders happy. So what do you do? You cut services. we see that at disney now. Fantasmic cut to 1 or 2 times a week, making it a horrible experience to even see the show. dining cut to mediocre levels where the only way you can get people to eat is offer free dining or a discounted package.

The economy is improving (so they say) so as a business standpoint disney needs to increasing their profit margins. this is a good business practice. I for one would love to see most of the deals go.


Another thing, the stuff that has the biggest profit margins (markup) is the souvineers. unfortunately people who are going on such a tight budget generally can't or don't buy the extras.
What you want is a healthy mix of folks who are a bit flushed with cash. they way to get them there is to stop offering the discounts.
Sookie,
A good rate is one you are comfortable with paying. plan a budget and make your arrangements according to your budget. If a discount comes out that's a bonus, if one does not, you won't be stressing about how you're going to pay for your vacation. I plan my trips on the prices today without discount.

cheap traveler
03-30-2011, 12:12 PM
I thought for sure I would get a whole bunch of codes in the mail this year, only because we decided not to go back until 2012.

So far, no codes. Maybe they will miss us this year and send one for next year. Even if they don't, we go the last week of August, so its the cheapest season already.

This year, I'm actually going to Universal. Never been before, never had any desire to go, but then the new WWoHP opened, and I'm a bit of a Harry Potter addict ;) My kids are staying home! That's another first for me.
Plus, I'm managing Friday morning - Sunday night, flight, shuttle to the hotel and back to MCO, room, and season pass (so I can take the kids next year) for $500. Just add food and way too much junk coming home with me, and it's a nice cheap trip.

I have to say, discount or no discount, we will be going back to Disney next year. Their magic has worked, we are hooked. My DD7 keeps lamenting the fact that we aren't going this year. Have to get back there once before she becomes an "adult" :rotfl:
(please don't anyone tell her she is an adult at age 10)

GoofyGirl75
03-30-2011, 12:36 PM
I've never received a code. lol I guess 3 times in 6 years is good enough for them. Although this time I got my kids for free and 30% off the DDP. :)

Just curious as to how you got both kids stay/play free AND 30% off the DDP? I thought the discounts didn't stack. ?? :confused3

tyniknate
03-30-2011, 01:09 PM
Discounts don't stack. Could have only received one or the other. I'd be closely checking my reservation information on that one. Hate to get there and think I'm getting something that I'm not.

ccgirl
03-30-2011, 01:45 PM
Discounts don't stack. Could have only received one or the other. I'd be closely checking my reservation information on that one. Hate to get there and think I'm getting something that I'm not.

Yup..it's one or the other. And, they don't always apply the one that will give you the most savings. I would definitely review the reservation and see which they applied to make sure you go the most savings.

It could be the poster "calculated" a "savings" of 30% on the kids stay and play free even though they always stayed free anyway???

01spirit750
03-30-2011, 02:01 PM
We paid for my inlaws to go with us to Disneyworld back in 2003. They had their own room but we paid for it. They get codes about once a year. They come to our house but addressed to them. We never get one.



Here is my little observation.

I have been to Disney 25+ times. I used to go 4 times a year or more now it's once or twice. It's the economy.

I never ever get a code!

Once I went with a boyfriend and you know how Disney loves to keep information. I got a code sent to my house in HIS name. He went one time with me under MY name.

Fast forward a few years. My current DBF went with me once. He gets codes monthly.

Me....still not at all.

I see it as they want to hook new people. They know that they already have me so why offer me a discount? Sheesh.

I recently moved so I am thinking of establishing a new Disney account under that address and starting all over with them. My name is the same but I have one of those really common names. Think Mary Smith, it's not it but close!

Lisa

NeverlandClub23
03-30-2011, 02:14 PM
I've been 13 times in the last 18 years and have received codes off and on. I do have to say though every code I have received there's always been a general public discount code offered for the exact same discount a month or so later after I received my code, so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.

Danibelle
03-30-2011, 02:59 PM
After years of no PINs, this year I get PIN offers every few months. :confused: The problem is the dates don't work for me. So I just set a budget and do as much as I can. I get to WDW once or twice a year and I live close by so I don't have to worry about airfare. But it would be nice to stay Deluxe just once!

melancholywings
03-30-2011, 03:13 PM
When we went to the parks often we stopped getting codes. But now that we haven't gone in awhile (took a cruise instead) we've started getting codes again. I wanted to do a Universal/DW trip but Airfair is just to high right now. I'm thinking it may be more fun to ride the train to DL instead.