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jhaig
10-08-2011, 07:06 PM
I know things change, but is it reasonable to expect free dining for late 2012? We are planning a trip for Nov 26-Dec4 and want to start making a budget. This is normally a 'slower' time, so I was hoping that either free dining or some other type of discount will be offered.

TDC Nala
10-08-2011, 07:12 PM
No way to know for sure yet. There's really no way you can start making a budget now and have it include free dining. Thanksgiving is November 22, so it won't interfere if they do offer it.

bless7ings
10-09-2011, 04:47 PM
I'm right with you! We have always gone to free dining in September. I would like to try after Thanksgiving before Christmas if they offer free dining. If they are not then I would like free dining in September.:lmao: Now that makes sense, right!:rotfl:

Does anyone know when they come out with the codes? (for Nov/Dec) That time period will not be released till after it is too late for the September, correct? I have not been watching the boards for that. Anyone out there who has?

So perplexing when you introduce change!:confused: It's looking like I will have to chance it, unless someone knows something I don't.:hug:

Another question: How many years have they offered free dining during this time period? Is this the third year in a row?

DisneyLoverUSA
10-10-2011, 05:33 PM
You can go look on Mousesavers website and do a search for WDW historical discounts and it will show you what has been offered during the last few years, when they offered it and what dates it was good for. It doesn't really show you the black out dates for those offers so they are not 100% accurate.

But I used that data to determine that I was going to hold out for free dining for our dates because they had offered it the previous 2 years at that time. I waited and ended up getting it, fortunately. The dates covered our travel dates but we almost got cut off by one day. Our dates fell perfectly in the little window in October that free dining was offered.

Considering you aren't coming until the Monday after Thanksgiving when everyone is already back in school, it may be a slow time and thus, they may offer it.

ConnieB
10-10-2011, 11:34 PM
I believe that the first time they offered free dining in the winter was 2008. We arrived on November15 and left November 25 (Tuesday of Thanksgiving week) and had free dining. We went to Grandma's in Tampa for Thanksgiving, returning on Sunday, November 30 and stayed for 10 days again on free dining.

If I recall correctly, the entire week of Thanksgiving was not eligible for free dining IF YOU CHECKED IN AT THAT TIME....but if you check in during the free dining period you can get free dining for your entire stay (or was there a limit of 10 days?) even if it extended into the non-free period.

In other words, I think that our Sunday/Monday/Tuesday of Thanksgiving week was only free dining because we were there the Saturday before which was free dining period.

Hope that makes sense.

Since then they've had free dining in November/December, but each year the dates included have been different.

They announced that 2008 free dining the first week of August.....but since then they've done the announcements as early as June or July. And of course, this year, they announced it last spring for dates that extend into next year....again unprecedented dates for free dining.

I think Disney is realizing that the free dining is a huge draw for people.....and since their markup on the food is so high it's really not that a loss for them....they get rack rate for their hotel rooms, fill them thereby also filling the parks (with park admission that is rarely discounted), and filling their restaurants. Good marketing on their part for sure!

One caveat to consider in upping your child's age in Disney's records. We did that because my girls (twins) then 8 years old would not have been happy eating mac and cheese while I ate steak and salmon, so with Disney's permission we termed them adults, age 10....I bought adult tickets (though they had a term for it, I think it was "junior"), upgraded them later to adult/junior APs which was very little difference and we paid for the dining (this was before free dining in winter was offered). Sounds great.....but now fast forward 8 years and the girls are 16....but Disney's records show them as 18....remember we aged them 2 years. So, that means that next year we may be required to pay the extra adult in the room fee. My plan is to bring a copy of their birth certificates, and explain to them what we did, WITH THEIR PERMISSION, in fact, their suggestion on how to get them the adult dining....and hope that they correct their ages in the computer so that our trips for the next two years until they really do turn 18 won't include an extra $25 a night fee!

Either that, or I'm going to change my name, lol, so they don't have any record of us ever visiting WDW before and my 16 year olds can stay 16.

bless7ings
10-13-2011, 11:36 AM
Thanks Connie for the detailed information, that is exactly what I was looking for!:thumbsup2 Thanks for taking the time to write it, I know they take time. That is what I love about these boards!:grouphug:

DisneyLoverUSA
10-13-2011, 06:40 PM
I believe that the first time they offered free dining in the winter was 2008. We arrived on November15 and left November 25 (Tuesday of Thanksgiving week) and had free dining. We went to Grandma's in Tampa for Thanksgiving, returning on Sunday, November 30 and stayed for 10 days again on free dining.

If I recall correctly, the entire week of Thanksgiving was not eligible for free dining IF YOU CHECKED IN AT THAT TIME....but if you check in during the free dining period you can get free dining for your entire stay (or was there a limit of 10 days?) even if it extended into the non-free period.

In other words, I think that our Sunday/Monday/Tuesday of Thanksgiving week was only free dining because we were there the Saturday before which was free dining period.

Hope that makes sense.

Since then they've had free dining in November/December, but each year the dates included have been different.

They announced that 2008 free dining the first week of August.....but since then they've done the announcements as early as June or July. And of course, this year, they announced it last spring for dates that extend into next year....again unprecedented dates for free dining.

I think Disney is realizing that the free dining is a huge draw for people.....and since their markup on the food is so high it's really not that a loss for them....they get rack rate for their hotel rooms, fill them thereby also filling the parks (with park admission that is rarely discounted), and filling their restaurants. Good marketing on their part for sure!

One caveat to consider in upping your child's age in Disney's records. We did that because my girls (twins) then 8 years old would not have been happy eating mac and cheese while I ate steak and salmon, so with Disney's permission we termed them adults, age 10....I bought adult tickets (though they had a term for it, I think it was "junior"), upgraded them later to adult/junior APs which was very little difference and we paid for the dining (this was before free dining in winter was offered). Sounds great.....but now fast forward 8 years and the girls are 16....but Disney's records show them as 18....remember we aged them 2 years. So, that means that next year we may be required to pay the extra adult in the room fee. My plan is to bring a copy of their birth certificates, and explain to them what we did, WITH THEIR PERMISSION, in fact, their suggestion on how to get them the adult dining....and hope that they correct their ages in the computer so that our trips for the next two years until they really do turn 18 won't include an extra $25 a night fee!

Either that, or I'm going to change my name, lol, so they don't have any record of us ever visiting WDW before and my 16 year olds can stay 16.

I would just sign up on WDW website using a new email address and book your next vacation with a new reservation and the correct ages. It's not like you get a frequent user program where you get free things for staying so many times. So even if you used a new email every time it wouldn't matter. Once you register you will get pin codes and room discount offers sent to you and associated with your name. I did.