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Old 01-04-2013, 10:29 AM   #16
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We get PINS all the time and I have found that the majority of them are simply the offers that eventually become public offers. We just get them first.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:18 PM   #17
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I've gone the last 2 Septembers, and there was free dining offered both times! Chances are they'll do it again!
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:24 PM   #18
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Well, Aut/Sept was the original free dining period. And there was good reason for that. It's hurricane season, and school is starting. I think if any time of year has a good shot at FD, that would be it. It will still be hurricane season. And school will still be starting.

That doesn't mean it will look the same as in years past though.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:50 AM   #19
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We just got a free dining pin in the mail and it is for value resorts too. So although they may get rid of a free dining offer, they are still giving out pins.
How do you get a pin?
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #20
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How do you get a pin?
If you have an account in Disney's system you're eligible, but they are sent out at random/unknown reasons.

Personal opinion, is that FD will either be limited to pins/BB offers and SPD will be the new FD, or as Danny said - they change the levels they offer it.

Either way... it's definitely going to sting a lot for tons of people.

Not having FD offered Jan-Mar was a big hint that things are changing.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:02 PM   #21
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I have a question about the free dining. IF they offer it for Sept and my family were arriving on the last day if the promotion, would we be able to get it for the length if our stay?
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #22
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If you have an account in Disney's system you're eligible, but they are sent out at random/unknown reasons.

Personal opinion, is that FD will either be limited to pins/BB offers and SPD will be the new FD, or as Danny said - they change the levels they offer it.

Either way... it's definitely going to sting a lot for tons of people.

Not having FD offered Jan-Mar was a big hint that things are changing.
And I really hope they are...
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #23
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And I really hope they are...
Okay, I'll bite. Why do you hope things are changing?
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #24
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I wonder if this is part of it. This is our first time going to WDW (I was there in high school). I didn't have any pins on my account. So, I booked SPD offer. Dragged my feet on paying. Got to the 40 day out mark, called and what do you know? Free dining pin was there! MUCH cheaper than SPD - I think I saved another $200.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:02 PM   #25
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If only they had a big new program of some sort they could roll out this year to incentivize people to stay onsite................
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I have a question about the free dining. IF they offer it for Sept and my family were arriving on the last day if the promotion, would we be able to get it for the length if our stay?



It has always worked that way before. Both Free Dining trips we have booked- one in 2005 and one last November- we have checked in on the last day FD was offered, and we got FD for our entire weeklong stay. That doesn't mean they will definitely continue the program this way (if it is offered at all), but historically, it has been done that way.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:03 PM   #27
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I wonder if this is part of it. This is our first time going to WDW (I was there in high school). I didn't have any pins on my account. So, I booked SPD offer. Dragged my feet on paying. Got to the 40 day out mark, called and what do you know? Free dining pin was there! MUCH cheaper than SPD - I think I saved another $200.
Nah. People get them well before that point. FD pins for the first part of the year started going out in December. They didn't give a whole lot of options for the FD portion of the pin though - Jan through mar 7 :-/
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:27 PM   #28
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I actually received a pin for the current promo of either FD or room discount. Have no idea how and was not able to use it. Not counting on it for our Nov trip. I do have a question however regarding the BB offers, how exactly do they work. There is a 20% room discount for our week in Nov but does it work like a pin where I have to be sent it or can I just call and have it applied?
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:33 PM   #29
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We have book to go in May. This will be our first trip so I am keeping my fingers corssed we get lucky and get free dining.....
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:00 PM   #30
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I actually received a pin for the current promo of either FD or room discount. Have no idea how and was not able to use it. Not counting on it for our Nov trip. I do have a question however regarding the BB offers, how exactly do they work. There is a 20% room discount for our week in Nov but does it work like a pin where I have to be sent it or can I just call and have it applied?
You can only book a bounceback offer while you are staying at WDW. There is either a sheet on the table in the room with the offer or they give it to you at check-in. Once you leave, it's too late.
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