Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Budget Board
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-17-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
TEK224


Never gets tired of hearing "You're going to Disney again?!"
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Philly, PA
Posts: 2,613

Free Dining Question

A friend and her family are going to WDW in early Dec. My friend is staying off-site with her DH and kids. Her parents and sister's family are staying onsite at AofA. Her Mom purchased a package directly through Disney. At the time free dining wasn't offered. She already paid for the package, which included 7 nights hotel and dining and 4 days of park tickets. Could she call and have her package adjusted to now get the free dining (which goes through 12/13)? Would they just credit back the dining plan money to her cc?
If they won't do that, could she cancel her reservation and re-book to now get free dining? It would save her a lot of money, since she paid for the dining plan for 6 people.
__________________
TEK224 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
momof1princess
i feel like i'm going to explode if i don't get it out right that second!
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7,505

okay, first, let me ask...does free dining start DURING her trip? if her trip starts BEFORE free dining does, she won't be eligible for it unless she adjusts her dates to start her trip after FD starts. i see FD is only from 12/10-12/13. how does this coincide with her trip?

this is what i mean: if her trip starts 12/9/12 and ends on 12/15/2012, she wouldn't qualify for FD, because it starts on 12/10.
however, if her trip starts on 12/10 through 12/13, she can get free dining for the entire trip, even if the trip ends after FD does. does that make sense?

it really depends on the start date of her trip.
__________________
momof1princess is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 09-17-2012, 02:38 PM   #3
LJSquishy
DIS Veteran
 
LJSquishy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 1,994

I believe she will need to call and cancel her current vacation package and rebook under the free dining promotion, but I can't say for certain. Have her do it as soon as she can because there are limited rooms available at each resort under the free dining promo. I'm not sure if they will refund her entire trip and then have her pay for the new trip in its entirety, or if they will just credit her the difference (my guess would be the latter).
__________________
Me-29: -&- DH-34:
LJSquishy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 02:43 PM   #4
erincon23
Everyone must have gotten a life in the last few days
As you can see, I have gotten sidetracked
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: NW of Chicago, not where I want to be
Posts: 2,696

Quote:
Originally Posted by momof1princess View Post
okay, first, let me ask...does free dining start DURING her trip? it her trip starts BEFORE free dining does, she won't be eligible for it unless she adjusts her dates to start her trip after FD starts. i see FD is only from 12/10-12/13. how does this coincide with her trip?

this is what i mean: if her trip starts 12/9/12 and ends on 12/15/2012, she wouldn't qualify for FD, because it starts on 12/10.
however, if her trip starts on 12/10 through 12/13, she can get free dining for the entire trip, even if the trip ends after FD does. does that make sense?

it really depends on the start date of her trip.
BUT, if this is the case, she can make one reservation for the night(s) before the free dining starts, and a separate reservation to use the free dining --even at the same resort if available, and may be able to stay in the same room. Her best bet is to CALL Disney and ask. Tell them at the beginning of the call that she's just looking for information first -- they'll pull up her res, and see what can be done. Since she's more than 45 days out, there shouldn't be a change penalty. A lot of people on the DIS are very knowledgeable about these things, but none of us know what's going to be available at the minute of the call.
__________________

me DH DS16 DS20 On our last family trip, 3/09
erincon23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
mm1971
DIS Veteran
 
mm1971's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 6,890

Quote:
Originally Posted by TEK224 View Post
A friend and her family are going to WDW in early Dec. My friend is staying off-site with her DH and kids. Her parents and sister's family are staying onsite at AofA. Her Mom purchased a package directly through Disney. At the time free dining wasn't offered. She already paid for the package, which included 7 nights hotel and dining and 4 days of park tickets. Could she call and have her package adjusted to now get the free dining (which goes through 12/13)? Would they just credit back the dining plan money to her cc?
If they won't do that, could she cancel her reservation and re-book to now get free dining? It would save her a lot of money, since she paid for the dining plan for 6 people.
It would depend on the pricing of the package. Did they pay rack rates? In order to have the free dining, you would lose any room discounts that they received. A lot of times, it is less expensive to take the room discount than the free dining. Also remember that with AoA you get the QS dining plan and there would be a cost to upgrade to the regular plan. Things are never that simple with Disney pricing models.

I am pretty sure she would need to rebook the package with free dining if that was the final choice. They wouldn't just send her a credit. If this is the less expensive way to go, I would rebook first and cancel the old reservation after it was completed. It is possible that the free dining is no longer available as well since they only have so many for each resort available. You also risk losing your reservation and not being able to get the same hotel if you cancel the existing one first. I know it is another big charge ont he cc, but the credit will offset it. Good luck!
__________________
(Jim) (W) (DS13) (DD11)
DD# 714



mm1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
smitch425
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 11,182

If the current reservation is scheduled for a checkin on a covered date, she will just need to call to see if the discount can be applied. They may not have any available rooms under the promotion as they only include a set amount. It is possible that she may have to switch to a different themed area of the resort. Also, this only has a chance of working if they are booked in an AoA suite. The LM rooms are not eligible for free dining. There is no reason to cancel and rebook anything unless she needs to book it as a split stay for date/promo reasons.They will issue her a credit on the form of payment that she used when she originally paid.
smitch425 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
jcieutat
Mouseketeer
 
jcieutat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southeast Louisiana
Posts: 359

Quote:
Originally Posted by smitch425 View Post
If the current reservation is scheduled for a checkin on a covered date, she will just need to call to see if the discount can be applied. They may not have any available rooms under the promotion as they only include a set amount. It is possible that she may have to switch to a different themed area of the resort. Also, this only has a chance of working if they are booked in an AoA suite. The LM rooms are not eligible for free dining. There is no reason to cancel and rebook anything unless she needs to book it as a split stay for date/promo reasons.They will issue her a credit on the form of payment that she used when she originally paid.
+1!

I hope all the rooms are not gone at this point. FD was offered quite a while ago.
__________________


35 trips and counting!!!
jcieutat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2012, 04:10 PM   #8
Belle & Ariel
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 1,911

We booked free dining last week. It was available at all the values mid December. A of A is selling well and not partipating in free dining for regular rooms. It says to call to see if available for suites.
Belle & Ariel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2012, 01:51 PM   #9
TEK224


Never gets tired of hearing "You're going to Disney again?!"
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Philly, PA
Posts: 2,613

Thanks for the replies. I didn't look closely enough at teh notice. Didn't realize it was only certain dates between now and Dec. Unfortunately their Dec. dates don't coincide with free dining. Bummer.
__________________
TEK224 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.