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Old 03-15-2013, 10:18 PM   #1276
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Yes, the summer offer. It has nothing to do with the late summer/early fall free dining promo. Just because they are releasing these room only discount does NOT mean they won't release free dining or other promos for this year. They have run free dining and room only and other types of discounts simultaneously in the past. Two or three years ago they ran free dining and kids stay and play free discounts for the same exact dates in August - October. I think people are freaking out/giving up prematurely here.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:48 AM   #1277
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I blogged on this a couple years ago when the sentiment was very similar to what it is now. The writing on the wall is eerily similar as well. The string of discount offerings for room only is following a very similar path and the end dates of the summer promo seem to hit right on target to the start dates from last year's free dining bounceback for fall 2013. On top of that, looking at ADRs, with the exception of Be Our Guest, I can find times for any restaurant for any of the dates I'm looking at for my trip in August. This means the ADRs are not booking up...I even found times for Ohana and CRT, which are usually one of the first to go. People are sitting back and waiting on this promo, and Disney knows it. Sure, they've been pulling back on free dining offers, but the ones they've been pulling back are the other months that usually didn't have it up until a few years ago. The September free dining used to be the only time it was offered. While they may be shortening the window of dates, I don't expect them to not offer it at all. If they didn't, many that booked would cancel, and many more wouldn't even book. Disney knows this....and they've admitted in the past that they monitor boards like this....so they know.

Have a look at this and notice the similarities between then and now: http://www.disneybyjoe.com/search/label/Free%20Dining
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:10 PM   #1278
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #1279
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I'm not sure how Free Dining works. Do they post the dates somewhere? Is it available to the general public? Do I need to already have a package booked? Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:39 PM   #1280
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I'm not sure how Free Dining works. Do they post the dates somewhere? Is it available to the general public? Do I need to already have a package booked? Thanks for your help.
"Free Dining" is a promotion Disney runs. In 2012 it was "free" QS with a value resort and the regular dining plan with Moderate or Deluxe rooms. For some "Free Dining" comes out better then a room only discount for others it doesn't, you'll have to run the numbers to see which is best for you.

It is often available to Disney Visa card holders first then opens to the general public.

There is no need to already have a reservation booked (if you do you can add a promotion to your package at any time if your room qualifies for the deal), once free dining is released you just need to make your reservation.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:49 AM   #1281
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So I guess I just watch the Dis boards? Will it be published on Disney site?
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:50 AM   #1282
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So I guess I just watch the Dis boards? Will it be published on Disney site?
Yes it will.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:06 AM   #1283
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Yes it will.
And a hundred other places as well!!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #1284
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And a hundred other places as well!!!
Haha, so you are saying I won't miss it? Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #1285
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(If they do free dining again in Sep/Oct) I am wondering if their is some kind of value you can calculate for what each table service use is worth. We want to go to the Royal table for breakfast but are unsure if it is cost effective to use the free dinning credits or just pay out of pocket.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #1286
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I know no one besides Disney themselves no for sure, but are there any rumored dates in August/September for the FD? I thought I read some where it may start August. 18th, but wasn't sure what anyone else has read.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #1287
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(If they do free dining again in Sep/Oct) I am wondering if their is some kind of value you can calculate for what each table service use is worth. We want to go to the Royal table for breakfast but are unsure if it is cost effective to use the free dinning credits or just pay out of pocket.
The breakdown is roughly $35 for TS, $15 for QS, and $5 for snack which equals the $55 price.
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I know no one besides Disney themselves no for sure, but are there any rumored dates in August/September for the FD? I thought I read some where it may start August. 18th, but wasn't sure what anyone else has read.
The rumors are based on past dates and on a free dining bounceback for this year that was offered last fall. That date began on the 18th and falls in line with prior year dates as well. The issue at hand is whether or not they will end it sooner as they did in the bounceback. It ended September 18 for mods and September 26 for deluxe. Though values weren't mentioned, those who called were able to book them, likely cutting off on the 18th as well.
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The breakdown is roughly $35 for TS, $15 for QS, and $5 for snack which equals the $55 price.
If this is true I dont see breakfast at the royal table being worth using out free table service when it takes two per person dining. we are a family of five.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:37 PM   #1290
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We have never been to Disney before and have a couple questions. We will not be able to afford to come unless free dining is given. I plan on booking with a Disney certified planner. My fear is the day that it is released (please, please, please) it will take forever to get through to a planner. Planning on staying in mermaid room and upgrading to moderate dining plan. Also once we do book all of the character meals will be booked before I can blink. Are these real things to be concerned about?
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