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Old 03-01-2013, 08:57 AM   #16
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Hi everyone! I know they usually put out free dining but I've read that 2013 will not have free dining? I hope this isn't true
Deep discounts like free dining play a huge part in why WDW is thriving in this terrible economy. Disney isn't going to shoot themselves in the foot. They have been offering FD discounts since 2005, so going on 9 years. The fall free ding offers we're first created to fill the parks during the previously dead hurricane season. August and September is still the height of hurricane season. Do you think if they stop offering huge promotions like free dining during this time frame that the crowd levels would remain as high as they have the last few years? No way. They may cut down on some of the various weeks they offer free dining but they aren't getting rid of it just yet. Those marketing geniuses know what they are doing and anytime they need to fill resorts or the parks they will roll out an FD offer.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:00 AM   #17
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The bounceback from last summer included free dining at the deluxes, (regular not QS) so it is possible that the public offer will be the same. I am hoping for a discount of any kind for early August.
The advertised bounce back offer was FD for the Moderates and Deluxe resorts but if you asked when you called the bounce back extension, free QS dining was available at the value resorts! I booked this for this August when I was there last August and a friend booked it for this August when she was there last November.

Bottom line, when an offer is advertised, it always pays to ask if there are any other options to this offer. I called anticipating having to book at a moderate but quickly found out by asking that values were included too, just not advertised on the offer!
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:10 AM   #18
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I was at POP last Auguest,and I saw that bounce back off while I was there.. I wish I had did it then!! dang it!

Now I have to wait and see if it comes out..
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:03 AM   #19
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The advertised bounce back offer was FD for the Moderates and Deluxe resorts but if you asked when you called the bounce back extension, free QS dining was available at the value resorts! I booked this for this August when I was there last August and a friend booked it for this August when she was there last November.

Bottom line, when an offer is advertised, it always pays to ask if there are any other options to this offer. I called anticipating having to book at a moderate but quickly found out by asking that values were included too, just not advertised on the offer!
The bounce back offer that came later in 2012 and the current bounce back offer is for room only discounts. And there wasn't a free dining offer for January and early February this year like there had been for many of the prior years. So Disney is apparently cutting back on their free dining offers.
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The bounce back offer that came later in 2012 and the current bounce back offer is for room only discounts. And there wasn't a free dining offer for January and early February this year like there had been for many of the prior years. So Disney is apparently cutting back on their free dining offers.
The bounce back offer we received when we were just there in December was for free dining at all resort levels. And free dining in the January/February time frame has only been offered a few times, not like the long standing fall free dining offers for the last 9 years.
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Deep discounts like free dining play a huge part in why WDW is thriving in this terrible economy. Disney isn't going to shoot themselves in the foot. They have been offering FD discounts since 2005, so going on 9 years. The fall free ding offers we're first created to fill the parks during the previously dead hurricane season. August and September is still the height of hurricane season. Do you think if they stop offering huge promotions like free dining during this time frame that the crowd levels would remain as high as they have the last few years? No way. They may cut down on some of the various weeks they offer free dining but they aren't getting rid of it just yet. Those marketing geniuses know what they are doing and anytime they need to fill resorts or the parks they will roll out an FD offer.
You are the first one I've seen that is saying the same thing I've been trying to say. This is such a slow time and free dining is a good way to fill rooms. Though the window of available dates may shrink a bit, I don't think free dining will go away, nor do I think it will exclude values. The bounceback didn't explicitly show values, but if you called they let you book them. I think when they talk about cutting back on free dining, they mean the other dates in the year that were traditionally not offered.

Just wait til the end of April...and they like to release the offers for Disney Visa holders on a Thursday for free dining promos, for whatever reason. So let's say around April 25th.....but not to worry, you'll hear many mumblings here long before that date.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #22
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There was no free dining offered in January even though it had been for years before. Disney has had no problems filling rooms and the crowds have increased this year. Of course they will offer some kind of discount but I would not count on it being free dining. More likely the stay, play, dine like they did this winter.
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There was no free dining offered in January even though it had been for years before. Disney has had no problems filling rooms and the crowds have increased this year. Of course they will offer some kind of discount but I would not count on it being free dining. More likely the stay, play, dine like they did this winter.
Yes but free dining for those dates have only been offered for the past couple years. Fall free dining has been around since 2005 and has been quite popular. One thing is clear, the fall promotion has to be better than the others since those dates are hardest to fill.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:19 PM   #24
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Free dining was offered in January through a pin. We received one by email .
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Free dining was offered in January through a pin. We received one by email .
I never get a pin but I heard it was offered sometime but didn't know when. That's good to know though.
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Free dining was offered in January through a pin. We received one by email .

Is there any chance you remember when that pin was given to you?
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It was sent in October , because I booked the same day I got the pin.
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I posted in Rumors and News but my sister called today inquiring about a future trip and she said that the lady in reservations told her to expect dining to be released in July... I didnt think it would be that long bc that doesnt give much planning time if you want to go in the fall...
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I posted in Rumors and News but my sister called today inquiring about a future trip and she said that the lady in reservations told her to expect dining to be released in July... I didnt think it would be that long bc that doesnt give much planning time if you want to go in the fall...
That does seen quite long since it would totally be inside the 45 day payment window, which means you'd have to pay in full immediately. Others have had CMs tell them it was being announced soon. End of April is the latest that fall discounts are usually announced. It also falls in line with summer discounts announced at the beginning of April this year, similar to the past.

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From past experience end of April 1st of May. I have just learned my lesson and book BB before we leave saves me all the ugh moments.
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