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Old 05-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #616
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Is there a reason to wait until those dates to call and make reservations?
I would think that most people would just make their reservations now and add the FD plan on afterward to assure they get the rooms that they would like... Am I missing something?

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Holding a room doesn't guarantee anything. If the room has no availability, it doesn't matter if you have it booked or not, then you'd just have to change rooms or resorts anyway. So it's just easier to call and see what's available.

Now granted, if you call the first day you should have no problem except for maybe AOA, so it shouldn't be a worry....remember last year folks were still booking moderate rooms in July.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:10 PM   #617
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:28 PM   #618
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I am hoping and praying you are right Disney411!!!! We are at CBR, so I don't think they will sell out too quickly. We love it there, but I know so many think it is too spread out.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #619
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I would have to assume that the resorts have high occupancy rates that last weekend because of the Food & Wine festival and they didn't feel like they needed to offer an incentive like FD to fill those rooms, as they usually do. Just a guess :-)
I changed my dates and got free dinning back in November for sept 20-27 I live in the us and I do not have a Disney vista.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:41 PM   #620
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Hi folks.

I just found this board and wanted to say thanks to all of the great people who help by answering questions and providing information..

I am planning my first vacation to Disney World in September (8th-14th) and that led me to these boards and this post. I had a question about the FD plan.

If I'm understanding it correctly, you can book your room now and as long as it's at least 3 nights and you pair it with at least a 2 day park ticket for each person then you can upgrade the reservation to the FD plan after it launches.

It seems that many people from what I've read are waiting until the 6th or the 9th to book their reservations assuming those are the first dates to call in for the FD plan with and without the Disney Visa Card.

Is there a reason to wait until those dates to call and make reservations?
I would think that most people would just make their reservations now and add the FD plan on afterward to assure they get the rooms that they would like... Am I missing something?

Thanks much.
All of the information you have here is correct, except that booking a resort package today will "save" you a Free Dining room. Each resort is only allotted so many Free Dining rooms/discounts per promotion. For example, if Port Orleans has 100 standard rooms allotted for the FD promo and you are the 101th person to call, they would not be able to apply the FD discount to your existing reservation. You would not "lose" your Port Orleans standard room, but to take advantage of the FD promo/discount you would possibly have to change room categories or resorts to receive the discount. As others have said, if you call in the first days of the promo, it probably won't be an issue, but it's always best to have a back up room category and/or resort, just in case.
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Sorry i am new to this site and FD plan so i just wanted to make sure i understood this right. If i get the FD table service plan i can eat at anywhere that the Disney dining plan is accepted at right? Or do they limit your choices because it was a free meal plan?
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Sorry i am new to this site and FD plan so i just wanted to make sure i understood this right. If i get the FD table service plan i can eat at anywhere that the Disney dining plan is accepted at right? Or do they limit your choices because it was a free meal plan?
There are generally no limits, you can order anything off the menu with the DDP, free or not :-)
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There are generally no limits, you can order anything off the menu with the DDP, free or not :-)
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Sorry i am new to this site and FD plan so i just wanted to make sure i understood this right. If i get the FD table service plan i can eat at anywhere that the Disney dining plan is accepted at right? Or do they limit your choices because it was a free meal plan?
No limitations, it only tastes better when it is free.
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No limitations, it only tastes better when it is free.
Yes, it does! Lol! :-)
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We're staying at POFQ in a garden view room. Would we have better chances getting FD in a garden view room than a standard view room?
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I am hoping for POR. Feel like I will get it, but need a back-up. What's everyone's fave moderate resort and why?
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We're staying at POFQ in a garden view room. Would we have better chances getting FD in a garden view room than a standard view room?
I doubt it, because standard rooms usually sell out before the other rooms. That's just speculation though, Disney sure isn't releasing any resort occupancy rates or letting us know which rooms they will actually need to fill ;-)
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I doubt it, because standard rooms usually sell out before the other rooms. That's just speculation though, Disney sure isn't releasing any resort occupancy rates or letting us know which rooms they will actually need to fill ;-)
Plus they do open up more rooms as this goes along. I've never heard of a free dining promo selling completely out. Last year they only had sports left for values, then opened more rooms a few hours later and had them all once again. Not sure why they do it, but maybe just to spread it out....but again, not sure why they do that either. I had a standard room at riverside a couple years ago for free dining and didn't seem to have any trouble booking it.
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I doubt it, because standard rooms usually sell out before the other rooms. That's just speculation though, Disney sure isn't releasing any resort occupancy rates or letting us know which rooms they will actually need to fill ;-)
We're not going until October and I'm already getting punchy about a FD offer lol I was hoping we'd have at least a little better luck getting FD with a garden view.
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