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Old 03-07-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Am I the only one who doesn't want FD?

Everyone wants to know "when is free dining?" If it ever is announced, EVERYONE is going to book it. I sure hope it isn't announced the week I plan on being at WDW.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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i agree - it creates extra crowds when it's supposed to be a 'slow' time - and it's not even worth it - we never did a dining plan before - but tried one on our last trip & it's way too much food - for the cost we could be fully satisfied for less - and free dining isn't really free - just a hassle all the way around for us
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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Personally I hate the DDP with the power of 10,000 Suns! I hate "free" dining even more!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:39 PM   #4
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Oh my goodness, I love you people! I always feel like such an oddball on this forum cause everyone is obsessed with getting "free" dining. We don't use the DDP b/c we don't think it's a good value at all and we do not need that much food...EVER. And we so wish Disney would quit offering it for "free" and ruining the few slow times that exist
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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Would rather not see Free Dining. We don't do the dining plan anymore, free or not.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:07 AM   #6
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Personally I hate the DDP with the power of 10,000 Suns! I hate "free" dining even more!!
Same here! Sept used to be such a wonderful month to go with the parks almost empty, but since they started offering free dining every year during that time, you can just see the crowds getting bigger and bigger every year, plus the food quality went down alot. OOP works out cheaper and better for us anyway, since we prefer appetizers over desserts and have an AP. I'd much prefer to have a really good room discount.

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Old 03-08-2013, 05:29 AM   #7
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We have never used the DDP, and never will. Absolutely zero interest in it, so personally, I don't wish for free dining. Give me a good room discount any day.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:32 AM   #8
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I never knew of such hatred for free dining..
In the UK it's been offered nearly all year round!

Not often many room rate discounts,however there is a current offer on.

We actually prefer qsdp to ddp- if free we're happy to have it- but we would not win by paying for dining.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #9
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We have never used the DDP, and never will. Absolutely zero interest in it, so personally, I don't wish for free dining. Give me a good room discount any day.
I agree . For us it isn't a good deal. We don't eat that much when in the parks.I mostly get kids meals anyway. Mostly we "graze". Give me my room discounts and I'm a happy camper.
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I totally understand the dislike (hate, whatever you want to call it. ) for FD, but we love it. Dining is a big part of our park enjoyment (were not foodies, but love the atmosphere, flavors, and downtime of a good TS meal).

We have stayed at Mods and Values, so for us this is by far the largest discount versus others like room discount, etc& It saves our party of 4 adults, one Disney adult, and two kids $2500 versus paying for the regular dining plan. (8 night stay) At best, with a 25% resort discount at a mod resort, we would save $800. (8 night stay, two rooms) Sooo, $2500 or $800? You do the math. Granted, if we paid OOP we would probably not hit $2500 for meals, maybe $2000 for where/how we eat, but still&

I think the impact of FD on crowd levels is overblown, at least according to the data. We go late Sept, and even with FD the last few years the crowds are rated at 2s on average, and thats based on actual crowd data, not observations. So yes, FD does bring in crowds (just what its intended to do), but its not like the parks are anywhere CLOSE to swamped during FD when we go.

It does make dining reservations more difficult, and it does fill the restaurants during that time. So yes, I understand your dislike, but for our family and MANY others it is the best discount that Disney offers. If we only ate a few TS meals each trip or liked to pay OOP I would probably be in the anti DP group too.

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I totally understand the dislike (hate, whatever you want to call it. ) for FD, but we love it. Dining is a big part of our park enjoyment (were not foodies, but love the atmosphere, flavors, and downtime of a good TS meal).

We have stayed at Mods and Values, so for us this is by far the largest discount versus others like room discount, etc& It saves our party of 4 adults, one Disney adult, and two kids $2500 versus paying for the regular dining plan. (8 night stay) At best, with a 25% resort discount at a mod resort, we would save $800. (8 night stay, two rooms) Sooo, $2500 or $800? You do the math. Granted, if we paid OOP we would probably not hit $2500 for meals, maybe $2000 for where/how we eat, but still&

I think the impact of FD on crowd levels is overblown, at least according to the data. We go late Sept, and even with FD the last few years the crowds are rated at 2s on average, and thats based on actual crowd data, not observations. So yes, FD does bring in crowds (just what its intended to do), but its not like the parks are anywhere CLOSE to swamped during FD when we go.

It does make dining reservations more difficult, and it does fill the restaurants during that time. So yes, I understand your dislike, but for our family and MANY others it is the best discount that Disney offers. If we only ate a few TS meals each trip or liked to pay OOP I would probably be in the anti DP group too.

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We have used free dining twice and I don't understand why people who DON'T like the dining plan say free dining isn't free. YES IT IS. You pay rack rate for the room but that doesn't make the free part of free dining any less free.

For 5 of us free dining is always going to be the better discount. That saves us $275 a day that we would have been paying for the DDP.

Example...last year...our trip we had booked for October we had booked at rack rate with no room discount and no free dining. What we paid for our vacation is what we paid. Period. Then a free dining promo came out and I called and had it applied to our already paid for vacation, and VOILA...we now have free meals for our entire trip.

If you stay in a value or a mod and have more than 2 ppl free dining will always be a bigger discount than a room discount. Now if you stay in a deluxe resort and get a discount for 35% off a $400 a night room and there are only 2 of you, then the room only discount would be more.

We always go in the off season and have never run into big crowds...in the parks or at restaurants. SO I don't mind free dining.

But it seems they are cutting way back on it this year so those of you who hate it may get a break from it for part of the year anyway.

Our next trip we are renting DVC points and paying OOP for food so I don't care if they have free dining this year or not to be honest.
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I would much rather have a deep room discount than free dining. I do like the dining plan but I'm not bothered about whether it comes free or not!
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:34 AM   #13
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I dislike FD also.. I would much rather have a deep room discount. We always go in September (slow down season for hubs, hes an airline pilot) and last year Disney had free dining and it was madness.. We aren't dessert eaters and we always felt bad not eating all our food.. This year we aren't doing the dining plan.. Im a tad nervous about it but hoping that it will work out.
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i agree - it creates extra crowds when it's supposed to be a 'slow' time - and it's not even worth it - we never did a dining plan before - but tried one on our last trip & it's way too much food - for the cost we could be fully satisfied for less - and free dining isn't really free - just a hassle all the way around for us
I would much rather have a room discount. My family does not do desserts much anyway. I think we come out better paying OOP for food and getting a good deal on the room. I also think that the quality and variety of food served is not as good as previously.
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