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Old 04-29-2013, 05:14 PM   #31
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We have had ressies made for AoA Finding Nemo since early March for Sept 22-28. However, today I found out I am a beneficiary to a death benefit from a family member who I have less than fond memories of. Thinking I should spend money on something that would make my family happy like upgrading resorts or saving money for another WDW trip. The practical, budget-minded side of me, says do the latter. Then again, this could be the one chance we have of staying in a deluxe while we are a family of six. But options for a family a six are limited and we do not want to do 2 rooms this trip because the youngest 2 will only be 4 and 2. Did look at AKV-1 bdr, but do not know if they are even included in FD. Decisions, Decisions!
Wow, what an interesting story. Might as well live it up while you can.

Deluxe resorts are so nice. I've done the Poly and Beach Club and both were just incredible!!! I hope you're able to do something extra special.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:32 PM   #32
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Wow, what an interesting story. Might as well live it up while you can.

Deluxe resorts are so nice. I've done the Poly and Beach Club and both were just incredible!!! I hope you're able to do something extra special.
I love the Poly too, it's probably my all time sentimental favorite WDW resort. We haven't stayed there in a long time because the rates have just gotten too high for us to get 2 connecting rooms or a suite there anymore. The kids now all actually much prefer the value resorts and since they are all teens and preteens now, we aren't ever in the room - open the parks up and **** them down - so, I guess it will be a while before I make it back to The Poly :-)
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:39 PM   #33
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I love the Poly too, it's probably my all time sentimental favorite WDW resort. We haven't stayed there in a long time because the rates have just gotten too high for us to get 2 connecting rooms or a suite there anymore. The kids now all actually much prefer the value resorts and since they are all teens and preteens now, we aren't ever in the room - open the parks up and **** them down - so, I guess it will be a while before I make it back to The Poly :-)
It seems sentimental for alot of folks. I went back in 1998 and checked in on March 23rd really early in the morning because I had a hunch...a completely unfounded hunch. So I asked the lady if by chance Animal Kingdom would be doing any soft openings that week and she said I was in luck..."today is the first day". How exciting, and I was even on the first public bus to pull up and unload. What made it even more sentimental was that my father, who had went with me, passed away a year later...but those memories last forever.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #34
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We're in AOA the week of sept 25, crossing our fingers we can keep this res, we are SO looking forward to staying there! But we aren't dis visa holders so I'm having doubts there will be availability for the LM rooms by the time the GP opens up, looks like many of us are hoping for the same thing LOL. Well atleast we all have our backup plans in line. Good luck everyone, lots to look forward too
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It seems sentimental for alot of folks. I went back in 1998 and checked in on March 23rd really early in the morning because I had a hunch...a completely unfounded hunch. So I asked the lady if by chance Animal Kingdom would be doing any soft openings that week and she said I was in luck..."today is the first day". How exciting, and I was even on the first public bus to pull up and unload. What made it even more sentimental was that my father, who had went with me, passed away a year later...but those memories last forever.
Sweet :-)

My Dad also loved The Poly and my family always stayed there when I was a kid, that was our last family vacation before he died. It was also the place my husband and I stayed the first time we went, before kids :-)
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I love the Poly too, it's probably my all time sentimental favorite WDW resort. We haven't stayed there in a long time because the rates have just gotten too high for us to get 2 connecting rooms or a suite there anymore. The kids now all actually much prefer the value resorts and since they are all teens and preteens now, we aren't ever in the room - open the parks up and **** them down - so, I guess it will be a while before I make it back to The Poly :-)
I know! I was surprised at how much more poly was compared to AK Villas. I think poly will have to wait till it's just DH and I or when some kids are out of the house. Then there is my DD (4) who really wants to stay at AoA. The youngest 3 would not fully appreciate an upgrade in resort, I think. Maybe just fitting in an extra trip to Disney sometime (and maybe flying instead of driving) would be special enough. Any thoughts/ideas?
I know, it's not a hard predicament to be in. Until today, I thought these things only happened to other people. Feeling blessed.
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Hey guys, I thought I'd start a post for the Free Dining 2013 promotion. I have a separate post for the room only discounts so we can discuss each one separately. I hope this can be a drama-free thread as well.

Think happy thoughts guys.

Once again the free dining in a nutshell:

Dates: September 2-25

Available to book: May 9 (Visa holders should be May 6)

Values recieve Quick Service (which they can upgrade for $18 a day for adults and $3 a day for children)

Moderates and Deluxe recieve the regular dining plan.

Most resort categories are included, at varying degrees of availability. While Little Mermaid rooms appear to be available...expect VERY limited availability for these (many dates are already sold out completely as it is).
Again, I am missing out (3rd time in a row). We arrive on September 28th...3 days after the end of free dining. This happened to us in 2012 and 2010. We cannot seem to catch a break.
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So when's everyone planning to go? I'm planning on September 6-14 and my dining reservations have already been made.
We're going at the same time!
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We will be staying Value. But considering if it's worth the $380 to upgrade to the DDP rather than just QSDP. Right now we are only planning on doing 2 TS (Ohana and Chef Mickey) and estimating it will cost about $230 for those 2 meals. Any advice people?
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We're going at the same time!
How cool...where you planning to stay?
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Last year I called in the morning on March 1, only to be told that Sports was the only value left. I called back at 10pm that night and had my choice of any value I wanted. It was funny because at first he too said Sports was all that was left...then he asked me if I had really been over 50 times and offered me any of the values I wanted. I found that odd indeed, but it does seem like values are the first things folks want.
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We will be staying Value. But considering if it's worth the $380 to upgrade to the DDP rather than just QSDP. Right now we are only planning on doing 2 TS (Ohana and Chef Mickey) and estimating it will cost about $230 for those 2 meals. Any advice people?

We love the 1 table service a day! We try to find the funnest restaurants for the kids and enjoy sitting and relaxing for one meal a day! It's also great to get a break from the quick service lines and burgers!
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So I would like your opinion. We booked a family suite (booked just as a family suite rather than a specific theme so that the theme will be a surprise!) in AOA. We booked back in Feb and we are booked for the week of sept 15. Planning on calling on the 9th to add free dining. I've heard rumors that in the past there have been 7 hr phone wait times. Do I call and hold and take my chances or should I just book a new reservation online with fd on may 9 then call later and cancel the first one?
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We will be staying Value. But considering if it's worth the $380 to upgrade to the DDP rather than just QSDP. Right now we are only planning on doing 2 TS (Ohana and Chef Mickey) and estimating it will cost about $230 for those 2 meals. Any advice people?
Now that all four of us are "adults" (how is 10 an adult???), I started running the numbers on how much it costs to upgrade versus just moving to a mod resort and getting the TS plan for free. It's basically not enough difference to matter--even the CM on the phone confirmed it.

We were planning on POFQ and TS dining.....until we saw the dates. We're going last week of August and even a RO discount probably won't make a huge difference for us. Now it's one of the AS resorts and paying OOP for meals. But at least we're still going!
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So I would like your opinion. We booked a family suite (booked just as a family suite rather than a specific theme so that the theme will be a surprise!) in AOA. We booked back in Feb and we are booked for the week of sept 15. Planning on calling on the 9th to add free dining. I've heard rumors that in the past there have been 7 hr phone wait times. Do I call and hold and take my chances or should I just book a new reservation online with fd on may 9 then call later and cancel the first one?
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I have never ever heard of seven hour waits. An hour yes but never that long. It isn't always online immediately on the day of public offering bit if it came up then by all means use it. If you call on the day of the visa offer then it won't be online as the only way to book that is by phone. But still no seven hour. That's just crazy talk
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