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Old 07-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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>> Everything We Know About FREE DINING 2012 <<

Here's what we've learned so far about Free Dining. THIS INFO NOW APPEARS SOLID. I'm posting what we think we know so far and I have no doubt some of this information will change.
  • Starting Monday, July 9th, 2012 .. Disney Visa Card Holders will be able to book Free Dining for the fall of 2012. You must have a Disney Visa card to book, they will ask for it.
  • Starting Thursday, July 12th, 2012 .. The General Public may call to book the Free Dining promotion.
  • There are room blocks dedicated for Disney Visa AND for the General Public
  • Free Dining will be offered selected date ranges from 09/30/12 to 12/13/12. Your check-in date must be on one of those days to receive free dining. Period.
  • The only way around that is to split your reservation. If your check-IN date is December 13, you can get Free Dining for the duration of your stay at your check-in resort. Moving resorts mid-stay under these circumstances would terminate your free dining.
  • The main indications are that this will be for three nights minimum with 2 day ticket purchase required. Still checking on this part
  • The last day to book is scheduled to be September 29th
  • All suites, campsites and 3 bedroom villas have been excluded from this offer, also excluded the standard Little Mermaid rooms at the new Art of Animation Resort. All remaining Disney resorts, including the family suites at All-Star Music & Art of Animation, and value resorts included.
  • Value resort guests will enjoy the QuickService Dining plan at no charge and may pay the difference to upgrade to the full Disney Dining Plan ($16.55/day additional per adult) or even the Deluxe Dining Plan ($50.53/day additional per adult) if they wish
  • Moderate & Deluxe Resort guests will enjoy the Disney Dining Plan at no charge and may upgrade to Deluxe ($33.98 additional/day per adult) by paying the difference.
  • This offer is EXTREMELY limited. Not all resorts/room categories will have availability on all date ranges. Being flexible on either resort or dates or ideally BOTH.. is your best chance of getting this deal.

    Date ranges as noted below:
  • September 30 – October 4, 2012
  • October 19 – November 1, 2012
  • November 9 – 15, 2012
  • November 23 – 29, 2012
  • December 10 – 13, 2012

Please note the prices to upgrade should be close. But I might be off by a few pennies here and there.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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Thanks, CanadianGuy! Very useful summary. Does anyone know how much it would cost per person per day to upgrade from Quick Service Dining to Full Dining if you stay in a Value Resort?

I do want to go back in December.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thanks, CanadianGuy! Very useful summary. Does anyone know how much it would cost per person per day to upgrade from Quick Service Dining to Full Dining if you stay in a Value Resort?

I do want to go back in December.
I'm looking for this answer too!
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:41 PM   #4
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Quick Service Dining Plan goes for about $34.99 a night for adults (10 and up).

Disney Dining Plan goes for about $51.54 a night.

So the difference between those for adults ($16.55/day) about $5/day in different for those under 10. Calculate based on your party size.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:45 AM   #5
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We have a disney visa but have not gotten any information about this. how do we book it? can we online?
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:39 AM   #6
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Does anyone know for sure, if we have already made the booking, do we have to rebook it to get FD? I've read some places that I can just get my TA to apply the FD to my existing booking but some say that rebooking may be needed.

FD would totally help us enjoy our 1st trip to WDW!!

Waiting till 12 July... *whistle*
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:19 AM   #7
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Does Disney ever extend the FD dates? I was disappointed to find that our check-in date was not included (especially since it isn't during Columbus Day weekend or fall break periods). I'd be willing to move a day or two to fit in!
Well it can happen and it has happened... but, I certainly can't say you should expect it... more than likely, these are the dates...sometimes they increase early December dates..

What is your current check in date?

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Well it can happen and it has happened... but, I certainly can't say you should expect it... more than likely, these are the dates...sometimes they increase early December dates..

What is your current check in date?

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10/13. I can move it a few days, but not all the way back to the next date (10/19).
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10/13. I can move it a few days, but not all the way back to the next date (10/19).
Ouch. Clearly they have carved out those dates because they feel those dates are busy enough with out a promotional offer.

Unless there are a rash of cancellations on those dates, I really wouldn't count on them becoming included.

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Old 12-14-2012, 12:35 AM   #10
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Can DVC members get any kind of discounts if using our points?
It'd sure be nice to get like 10% off on points or free dining, anything would be great.
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any info on free dining in 2013?
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2013 Free Dining

I would like to know the answer to the question posted a few above about whether dining goes for the duration of the stay as long as it is booked in one of the dates listed or if it is only for dates listed. So for example, (and this is purely hypothetical because I know there are no free dining dates out for this time yet) I arrive November 1 and free dining ends November 1. I am checking in during the free dining opportunity, but staying through November 8, do I get free dining only November 1 or do I get dining for the entire stay?

I am looking to go this fall, but I have noticed a trend that there is no free dining around the dates of November 1- November 9. Is there a reason that those dates are excluded?

Thanks for your help!
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I would like to know the answer to the question posted a few above about whether dining goes for the duration of the stay as long as it is booked in one of the dates listed or if it is only for dates listed. So for example, (and this is purely hypothetical because I know there are no free dining dates out for this time yet) I arrive November 1 and free dining ends November 1. I am checking in during the free dining opportunity, but staying through November 8, do I get free dining only November 1 or do I get dining for the entire stay?

I am looking to go this fall, but I have noticed a trend that there is no free dining around the dates of November 1- November 9. Is there a reason that those dates are excluded?

Thanks for your help!
With free dining, as long as your check in date is included in the promotion then you will get free dining for up to 14 nights. Of course, no public free dining offers have been announced for 2013 yet, so only time will tell if that continues to be how it works. Jersey Week happens in early November, so that is likely the reason behind the lack of discounts for that time.
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With free dining, as long as your check in date is included in the promotion then you will get free dining for up to 14 nights. Of course, no public free dining offers have been announced for 2013 yet, so only time will tell if that continues to be how it works. Jersey Week happens in early November, so that is likely the reason behind the lack of discounts for that time.
So could you pay for an extra day to get the free dining and without actually being present check in online and arrive the next day? I don't know if that would be worth it, but it might since free dining for a family of 5 will save about $2,000!
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So could you pay for an extra day to get the free dining and without actually being present check in online and arrive the next day? I don't know if that would be worth it, but it might since free dining for a family of 5 will save about $2,000!
Unfortunately, no. You must physically check in on the covered date.
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