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Old 05-02-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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Free dining dates rumour...so stressed

I have been obsessed with searching the internet for free dining dates. I'm so stressed. I found the rumoured dates to be Sept. 2 - Sept. 25...Is there any little chance this could include mid August or is this set in stone..Our travel dates are Aug. 18th to Aug. 24th...We are a family of 5 so saving money is so important. The last trip for us was Aug. 2006 with only 2 kids so this will be our 5yr olds 1st trip there. This trip is so important to my husband and I because our kids have no idea about it. We aren't telling them until the day we leave. If we can't score free dining does anyone know if a resort room discount will be offered for our dates. We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside. Any info for us saving money would be so appreciated. I have been so stressed saving for this vacation to make sure everything is perfect...I can't wait til we leave!!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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OK - nothing I say is a sure thing, so understand I am only basing it on what has gone before.

The free dining dates flucuate frequently. Usually they go back into late August, but they don't always go back that far. (A quick search says last year the start date was August 25th, the year before was August 28th, and 2010 was August 15th.) Based on those dates the last two years, and your dates, I think it unlikely that they will stretch it back to August 18th.

However, even on years when the free dining doesn't extend all the way back, there is generally an additional General Public room discount. This usually extends back to the last date of whatever the previous discount was.

So, for this year the current discount ends August 14th. I would expect that a resort discount will come out eventually that will start on August 15th or 16th. This will likely be announced a few weeks after free dining is announced. You are probably looking at a 20% discount on Port Orleans Riverside. You probably will miss out on free dining, as I would expect it to start August 24th this year.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:55 PM   #3
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I have been obsessed with searching the internet for free dining dates. I'm so stressed. I found the rumoured dates to be Sept. 2 - Sept. 25...Is there any little chance this could include mid August or is this set in stone..Our travel dates are Aug. 18th to Aug. 24th...We are a family of 5 so saving money is so important. The last trip for us was Aug. 2006 with only 2 kids so this will be our 5yr olds 1st trip there. This trip is so important to my husband and I because our kids have no idea about it. We aren't telling them until the day we leave. If we can't score free dining does anyone know if a resort room discount will be offered for our dates. We are staying at the Port Orleans Riverside. Any info for us saving money would be so appreciated. I have been so stressed saving for this vacation to make sure everything is perfect...I can't wait til we leave!!!
I'm with you. Along with thousands of others. The latest rumor is that bookings are pretty solid. I think once FD is announced and 60% of people change their reservations, something will be offered. Most likely mid May. On the rumor page it said to expect the FD dates to be announced on May 9th. That means another week or two for any other offers. Good luck. We are traveling on 8/21 discount or no. Family trip before school starts.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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I'm with you. Along with thousands of others. The latest rumor is that bookings are pretty solid.
I've been following Free Dining rumors and reality since 2007, the first time we used free dining, and I am also in the boat hoping for free dining for our November trip.

After paying attention to this for 7 years now, the only thing I can tell you with a high degree of certainty is that whatever rumors are out there, they are almost certainly wrong. The rumor mill hasn't gotten the dates right once in 7 years, at least not more than a day or so before the "official" announcement.

Danny25 is one of the more reliable sources, and he has "confirmed" a lot of the current dates (9/2 - 9/25) and the starting date (May 9th), and not to say he's wrong, but even he is not always 100% on target.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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I'm hoping that late October happens this year.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:16 PM   #6
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I've been following Free Dining rumors and reality since 2007, the first time we used free dining, and I am also in the boat hoping for free dining for our November trip.

After paying attention to this for 7 years now, the only thing I can tell you with a high degree of certainty is that whatever rumors are out there, they are almost certainly wrong. The rumor mill hasn't gotten the dates right once in 7 years, at least not more than a day or so before the "official" announcement.

Danny25 is one of the more reliable sources, and he has "confirmed" a lot of the current dates (9/2 - 9/25) and the starting date (May 9th), and not to say he's wrong, but even he is not always 100% on target.
I'm heading down Nov 5-11. Do you have any idea about free dining? I'm staring to book next week! Any news can help
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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Sorry to say but these dates are solid.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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Sorry to say but these dates are solid. The packets have already been sent to the TAs.
So wait that means that week there is no free dining? What weeks in November are there free dining?
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So wait that means that week there is no free dining? What weeks in November are there free dining?
So far it's just September 2-25.
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I'm heading down Nov 5-11. Do you have any idea about free dining? I'm staring to book next week! Any news can help
I have no insider knowledge - but based on previous years, I wouldn't expect that week will have free dining. It is Jersey week and they have never done free dining during Jersey week.

black562 is probably right about the September free dining. There could still be more dates in the fall, but this would likely not be determined just yet.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:09 PM   #11
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no offense, because i think discounts are great and all...but i'd really love for disney to change their discounts...make them a little more random. I think too many people "expect" all these great discounts and upgrades...and then instead of being happy when they happen, get upset when they don't. We always plan full price for a trip, and then a discount becomes an added bonus.

I'm really not trying to be mean, or for anyone to be offended. I just think that sometimes we forget Disney is a business, and people who constantly "expect" disney to do all these magical things...makes it tougher for disney to do just that.

Our best trips have been special little extras...simple things...like a wave or comment from a parade character, playing hide-n-seek during a meet and greet, etc. The trouble is, it isn't magical or special when someone pushes in front of you, or complains about waiting 10 minutes in a line. OR abuses the current systems, etc.

Sorry. Rant over.
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no offense, because i think discounts are great and all...but i'd really love for disney to change their discounts...make them a little more random. I think too many people "expect" all these great discounts and upgrades...and then instead of being happy when they happen, get upset when they don't. We always plan full price for a trip, and then a discount becomes an added bonus.

I'm really not trying to be mean, or for anyone to be offended. I just think that sometimes we forget Disney is a business, and people who constantly "expect" disney to do all these magical things...makes it tougher for disney to do just that.

Our best trips have been special little extras...simple things...like a wave or comment from a parade character, playing hide-n-seek during a meet and greet, etc. The trouble is, it isn't magical or special when someone pushes in front of you, or complains about waiting 10 minutes in a line. OR abuses the current systems, etc.

Sorry. Rant over.
I agree plus people really act like free dining is owed to them. Everybody needs to remember now that they are filling the resorts and the parks it will probably go away.
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no offense, because i think discounts are great and all...but i'd really love for disney to change their discounts...make them a little more random. I think too many people "expect" all these great discounts and upgrades...and then instead of being happy when they happen, get upset when they don't. We always plan full price for a trip, and then a discount becomes an added bonus.

I'm really not trying to be mean, or for anyone to be offended. I just think that sometimes we forget Disney is a business, and people who constantly "expect" disney to do all these magical things...makes it tougher for disney to do just that.

Our best trips have been special little extras...simple things...like a wave or comment from a parade character, playing hide-n-seek during a meet and greet, etc. The trouble is, it isn't magical or special when someone pushes in front of you, or complains about waiting 10 minutes in a line. OR abuses the current systems, etc.

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I agree plus people really act like free dining is owed to them. Everybody needs to remember now that they are filling the resorts and the parks it will probably go away.
We travel the week of August 21. There was no expectation when we booked...and to be honest, I would prefer a RO discount since we don't usually have too many sit down meals. We are going regardless, but it would have been nice to get a discount. We usually travel at slower periods where no discounts are offered. Crowds tend to be lower.

They have RO until 8/14 and then reportedly FD 9/2. The last two weeks of August are usually slower than the summer period they are discounting. I guess I'll wait to see if they offer something once all those that "expected" FD in August move the ressies to September or cancel. Our vacation is planned around other events so no changing. We save up and have the vacation paid before booking so the $$ is not an issue. Would be a nice bonus though.

As far as the magic, we have always loved the little things that always seem to happen as well. Nothing expected, just a great time with the family. I actually can't remember a time we have not been pleasantly surprised about something.
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I'm pretty certain that everyone that enjoys the free dining promotion is HOPING for it as opposed to DEMANDING it.

It is clearly a very effective promotion.
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