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Old 04-29-2013, 08:51 PM   #91
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Sounds like a plan!
As it has been since the first time free dining was offered, it will be a very long morning!!!
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I am completely new to this forum and have just been trying to research an affordable trip with the hopes of free dining. I have lots of questions, but do not want to take over the general purpose of this thread. Can I start with a basic? If this is the wrong place, feel free to redirect me. I plan on staying at one of the less expensive rooms. I want to book a room, tickets, and dining plan. If the free dining comes out, do I call back and ask for the credit? I read through and saw where some people say that the rooms may not be available for free dining slots. Which rooms tend to be less available? Any tips on how I should do this? Thank you in advance!
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:03 PM   #93
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I am completely new to this forum and have just been trying to research an affordable trip with the hopes of free dining. I have lots of questions, but do not want to take over the general purpose of this thread. Can I start with a basic? If this is the wrong place, feel free to redirect me. I plan on staying at one of the less expensive rooms. I want to book a room, tickets, and dining plan. If the free dining comes out, do I call back and ask for the credit? I read through and saw where some people say that the rooms may not be available for free dining slots. Which rooms tend to be less available? Any tips on how I should do this? Thank you in advance!
You're really better off to just wait and call, then they will work with you on what's available if your choice is sold out. Otherwise, you'd just end up having to change it anyway if you called and found it wasn't available.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:06 PM   #94
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I am completely new to this forum and have just been trying to research an affordable trip with the hopes of free dining. I have lots of questions, but do not want to take over the general purpose of this thread. Can I start with a basic? If this is the wrong place, feel free to redirect me. I plan on staying at one of the less expensive rooms. I want to book a room, tickets, and dining plan. If the free dining comes out, do I call back and ask for the credit? I read through and saw where some people say that the rooms may not be available for free dining slots. Which rooms tend to be less available? Any tips on how I should do this? Thank you in advance!
Either way is fine. You can book your package now, with room, tickets and dining with a minimum $200 deposit and then call and add the free dining discount to your existing reservation and they will credit you the difference or you can just book your package when the FD promo is released.

All newbies to free dining should read the first page from this thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2771101

The 2013 DDP prices haven't been updated, but, the info and history and explanation of free dining should help :-)

Also, with a family of 6, your cheapest route is probably going to be 2 connecting rooms at a value resort. All-Star Movies value resort is our kids favorite :-)

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:10 PM   #95
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I am completely new to this forum and have just been trying to research an affordable trip with the hopes of free dining. I have lots of questions, but do not want to take over the general purpose of this thread. Can I start with a basic? If this is the wrong place, feel free to redirect me. I plan on staying at one of the less expensive rooms. I want to book a room, tickets, and dining plan. If the free dining comes out, do I call back and ask for the credit? I read through and saw where some people say that the rooms may not be available for free dining slots. Which rooms tend to be less available? Any tips on how I should do this? Thank you in advance!
Your user name suggests you have 4 kids? How many in your party. I have looked at all budget friendly options for larger families as I have planned for our upcoming trip. Depending on if there are 5 or 6 of you there could be different options. Let me know! I am willing to help with that aspect.
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We are going 14-21. We currently have a ressie for a 2 bdrm villa at BLT. But seriously considering changing to 2 connecting rooms at WL or BC to take advantage of FD.
Black, I was trying to follow the other thread, but it got confusing, and then surprisingly hostile, so I jumped ship with you. Thanks for all your help so far (even if I have just been lurking and trying to understand .

Now a couple questions: We have booked a BLT 2 bedroom villa during the dates. I was planning on calling in on the 6th (disney visa) to try and get FD added. Then I read the above post. Did I miss something? Would we necessarily have to change to 2 connecting rooms elsewhere to receive the discount?

Also, total rookie question and I feel silly asking, but... If I call ahead as a Disney Visa member do I call the main reservations line and tell them I have a Disney Visa, or is there some other Visa line I am supposed to call? Don't want to be on hold for an hour in the wrong place!

Thank you so much!

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:13 PM   #97
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Hello, I am brand new at this Forum!!
I am looking forward to the forum and all the valuable info that I can see is already here.
I am traveling to DW on Sept 16- 22 and then departing for the DIsney Cruise!
So as of May 9, we are are 90% sure they will be offering the FD.
That will be a huge savings since we are doing DW and the cruise this time!

Thanks for your info on this!
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:16 PM   #98
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Ummm....insane! I never posted over there....just was nosey! LOL But I felt like what started the tension was the post asking people not to discuss dining because it made the thread messy. This is a discussion forum...people (for the most part) are very friendly and chatty and informative and helpful. So, that all very often leads to branching out. Anyway, that comment had nothing to do with me, but I thought it was uncalled for. I then came back later I the afternoon and whoa!!!!! It went nuts! I think someone overreacted! LOL slightly!
I was just trying to pass the time and then made a joke when someone had an issue and everything exploded. But I don't think that was what started it, I think it was brewing all along because others were getting some attention...if you know what I mean.
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Black, I was trying to follow the other thread, but it got confusing, and then surprisingly hostile, so I jumped ship with you. Thanks for all your help so far (even if I have just been lurking and trying to understand .

Now a couple questions: We have booked a BLT 2 bedroom villa during the dates. I was planning on calling in on the 6th (disney visa) to try and get FD added. Then I read the above post. Did I miss something? Would we necessarily have to change to 2 connecting rooms elsewhere to receive the discount?

Also, total rookie question and I feel silly asking, but... If I call ahead as a Disney Visa member do I call the main reservations line and tell them I have a Disney Visa, or is there some other Visa line I am supposed to call? Don't want to be on hold for an hour in the wrong place!

Thank you so much!

Meg
No, you won't have to change resort or room category unless those particular rooms are blacked out or sold out when you call, and they're not supposed to be.

You call the main, 407-W-Disney, line.
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Black, I was trying to follow the other thread, but it got confusing, and then surprisingly hostile, so I jumped ship with you. Thanks for all your help so far (even if I have just been lurking and trying to understand .

Now a couple questions: We have booked a BLT 2 bedroom villa during the dates. I was planning on calling in on the 6th (disney visa) to try and get FD added. Then I read the above post. Did I miss something? Would we necessarily have to change to 2 connecting rooms elsewhere to receive the discount?

Also, total rookie question and I feel silly asking, but... If I call ahead as a Disney Visa member do I call the main reservations line and tell them I have a Disney Visa, or is there some other Visa line I am supposed to call? Don't want to be on hold for an hour in the wrong place!

Thank you so much!

Meg
At this point, just call the main line and tell them you want the free dining offer. Wait until you see here that others have hit it since we don't know exactly, but pretty sure it's May 6. Since you already have rooms, just sit on them until then and you'll find out if there is availability for what you have.
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Thank you!
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Hello, I am brand new at this Forum!!
I am looking forward to the forum and all the valuable info that I can see is already here.
I am traveling to DW on Sept 16- 22 and then departing for the DIsney Cruise!
So as of May 9, we are are 90% sure they will be offering the FD.
That will be a huge savings since we are doing DW and the cruise this time!

Thanks for your info on this!
More like 99.625%...LOL.

Do you have a Disney Visa?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:27 PM   #103
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Thank you thank you! So much help already!
Yes, I have 4 kids, and one set of grandparents is for sure joining us. So, we will have 8 total in our party. We were thinking about doing 2 adjoining rooms and letting one set of kids stay with the grandparents to budget correctly. My teen eats a ton of food, and always wants to order expensively. My 5 year old is constantly hungry. I know we need some sort of food budget. I like the idea of paying ahead, so this would make me comfortable.
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Thank you thank you! So much help already!
Yes, I have 4 kids, and one set of grandparents is for sure joining us. So, we will have 8 total in our party. We were thinking about doing 2 adjoining rooms and letting one set of kids stay with the grandparents to budget correctly. My teen eats a ton of food, and always wants to order expensively. My 5 year old is constantly hungry. I know we need some sort of food budget. I like the idea of paying ahead, so this would make me comfortable.
Make sure you ask for connecting rooms if you want an interior door between the rooms. Adjoining is two separate rooms side by side. Disney can not always guarantee this, but going at less busy time of year is usually no problem.
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We got an offer here in South America from our local travel agent offering Free Dining plans for those traveling to Disney on September 2013... I will try to get more details about if it was for value hotels or moderates only. So maybe it's coming soon to you guys.
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