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Old 02-11-2013, 08:17 AM   #1
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What is everyones thoughts on a free dining for september 2013

Spring is creeping up! Which means a new promo will hopefully come out for those of us with reservations for the fall time! My family and I are going the last week of september into the first week of october. (9/26-10-6) To be exact. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting for spring time to creep up so we can find out if FD will be offered for our dates!

Anyone have thoughts on this? I asked this back a few months ago, everyone was kind of in the same boat, no hard facts or thoughts just good wishes.. wondering if anyone has some more solid information or thoughts now that were getting closer to when it may be announced..

Thanks everyone!!
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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My mother called WDW to ask a question about her upcoming trip and asked the CM what teh chances are for FD in Sept, and he said he was 98% sure it was coming!
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:07 AM   #3
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Free dining has been severely curtailed for this year and next year, replaced by the "Stay, Play, Dine" deal. However, since FD started out as a promotion for September, ending before Food and Wine, I'd say the chances are good that, if it's offered, it'll be offered in Sept. Bounceback offers for that time frame have been confirmed as FD so there may be hope... Though generally bouncebacks are better then what you'd get as a regular booking, so it all remains to be seen. I'd say, though, your best chances for free dining is Sept.

That said, given the dates of the Food and Wine this year, I'm less confident that your dates will be free dining eligible. As long as the 26th is in the window of FD dates, you'll get it for the length of your trip, but when FD was offered only for Sept, it traditionally started the second-to-last or last week of August through the week to 5 days before the Food and Wine.

So all anybody can do is wait and see.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:46 AM   #4
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I keep seeing rumors on various sites that with the exception of boucebacks and PINs, that FD is on its way out.
That being said, I feel confident that there will be some type of discount offered.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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I am in the very early stages of planning a possible 9/23-10/2 trip and have my fingers crossed for free dining.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:23 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I'll be keeping my fingers crossed as well!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:10 AM   #7
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Even if they don't do FD, we got Stay/Play/Dine this time, and for the 3 of us, it only cost an additional $200 to add dining, so it was a significant discount.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:34 AM   #8
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IF FD is offered in Sept. when will we know for sure? We are going the 12th thru the 19th. It will help us out alot!!!
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:35 AM   #9
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Free dining has been severely curtailed for this year and next year, replaced by the "Stay, Play, Dine" deal. However, since FD started out as a promotion for September, ending before Food and Wine, I'd say the chances are good that, if it's offered, it'll be offered in Sept. Bounceback offers for that time frame have been confirmed as FD so there may be hope... Though generally bouncebacks are better then what you'd get as a regular booking, so it all remains to be seen. I'd say, though, your best chances for free dining is Sept.

That said, given the dates of the Food and Wine this year, I'm less confident that your dates will be free dining eligible. As long as the 26th is in the window of FD dates, you'll get it for the length of your trip, but when FD was offered only for Sept, it traditionally started the second-to-last or last week of August through the week to 5 days before the Food and Wine.

So all anybody can do is wait and see.
They have? I thought the current BB offer is only a room discount. Did it change recently?
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:48 AM   #10
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I consider my trip to be FD as the room discount essentially paid for the plan
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:31 PM   #11
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Free dining has been severely curtailed for this year and next year, replaced by the "Stay, Play, Dine" deal. However, since FD started out as a promotion for September, ending before Food and Wine, I'd say the chances are good that, if it's offered, it'll be offered in Sept. Bounceback offers for that time frame have been confirmed as FD so there may be hope... Though generally bouncebacks are better then what you'd get as a regular booking, so it all remains to be seen. I'd say, though, your best chances for free dining is Sept.

That said, given the dates of the Food and Wine this year, I'm less confident that your dates will be free dining eligible. As long as the 26th is in the window of FD dates, you'll get it for the length of your trip, but when FD was offered only for Sept, it traditionally started the second-to-last or last week of August through the week to 5 days before the Food and Wine.

So all anybody can do is wait and see.
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They have? I thought the current BB offer is only a room discount. Did it change recently?
Yes, we have FD for late Sept 2013 with a bounceback that was offered while we were there late Sept 2012. We were staying at POR, and will again.

I don't think the offer extended past the 22nd of Sept or so (not sure exactly), so that might give an indication of when it will be offered if a general public FD offer happens.

As a reminder, the beginning day of your stay needs to fall within the offer window for you to get the offer. For example, if the FD offer ends on Sept 22nd, your stay would need to start on the 22nd at the latest in order to get the deal.

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Yes, we have FD for late Sept 2013 with a bounceback that was offered while we were there late Sept 2012. We were staying at POR, and will again.

I don't think the offer extended past the 22nd of Sept or so (not sure exactly), so that might give an indication of when it will be offered if a general public FD offer happens.

As a reminder, the beginning day of your stay needs to fall within the offer window for you to get the offer. For example, if the FD offer ends on Sept 22nd, your stay would need to start on the 22nd at the latest in order to get the deal.

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Oh, yes, the BB last year was free dining. I was thinking about the BB offer that is out for this year. The one out now, with BB dates for fall, is not free dining.

That, along with the other changes we've seen, make me think we won't see a free dining offer, other than an individual PIN code.
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Oh, yes, the BB last year was free dining. I was thinking about the BB offer that is out for this year. The one out now, with BB dates for fall, is not free dining.

That, along with the other changes we've seen, make me think we won't see a free dining offer, other than an individual PIN code.
Yeah, my BB offer was back late last year.

I'll personally be a little surprised if they don't offer FD for the Sept timeframe, since it is historically such a slow month and it's been offered during Sept the last 5 years at least. When offered to the general public, the offer has typically come out in the March to June timeframe (with some exceptions), so I guess we'll have to see.

I doubt the economy has rebounded enough to completely get rid of FD, but I could certainly be wrong.

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I can only assume that DVC members dont get to take advantage of the free dinning if they do offer it, is that correct?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #15
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I can only assume that DVC members dont get to take advantage of the free dinning if they do offer it, is that correct?
Correct, FD is only eligible for guest who book 'regular' reservations through Disney. DVC members, their guests or those who rent their points are not eligible for FD.
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