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Old 05-08-2013, 04:41 PM   #31
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And a few years ago when there was tons of free dining, people on here were LIVID that the restaurants were so packed with people on the dining plan and they couldn't get a reservation or a walk-up, and had to wait in insane crowds for counter service meals and then fight for seats. People were even threatening not to go back if Disney didn't do something.
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #32
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And a few years ago when there was tons of free dining, people on here were LIVID that the restaurants were so packed with people on the dining plan and they couldn't get a reservation or a walk-up, and had to wait in insane crowds for counter service meals and then fight for seats. People were even threatening not to go back if Disney didn't do something.
I can understand some people being upset about not being able to get ressies due to free dining but being upset over crowds at counter service? People have to eat - with or without free dining. Without free dining, I would think there would be less people eating table service, but wouldn't that make the counter service even more crowded?
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Will be less crowded when I go!

Those dates might actually work well for us. We'd always planned to go on September 28th. I'm hoping a lot of people that had made reservations late Sept/early Oct will move up their vacation to fit the free FD window, thereby making it a little less crowded when we get there!
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #34
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Those dates might actually work well for us. We'd always planned to go on September 28th. I'm hoping a lot of people that had made reservations late Sept/early Oct will move up their vacation to fit the free FD window, thereby making it a little less crowded when we get there!
Actually, if you check in on the last day of a FD promo, you can apply the FD discount to your entire stay, so this current FD promo actually goes through October 9 and a lot of people are checking in on the last day so they can be there for the Food & Wine Festival and still take advantage of free dining. Also, the next FD promo, that will most likely release dates in July or August, should pick up with FD dates around October 1.
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Actually, if you check in on the last day of a FD promo, you can apply the FD discount to your entire stay, so this current FD promo actually goes through October 9 and a lot of people are checking in on the last day so they can be there for the Food & Wine Festival and still take advantage of free dining. Also, the next FD promo, that will most likely release dates in July or August, should pick up with FD dates around October 1.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:58 PM   #36
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My memory could be off but I "thought" they first offered free dining in August 2005 after a bad hurricane season in 2004. We were there when Hurricane Charlie rolled right thru Orlando in August 2004 and I believe a week or two later another hurricane went thru also. It scared quite a few people off of taking a trip to Florida during that time period.

Does anyone remember? I could be totally thinking wrong, LOL! I definitely remember Charlie because I was extremely pregnant with my youngest and we closed on our house the day we got home from Florida. It was a hectic time! I could have sworn free dining was offered the following August to lure people into going during hurricane season.
You are totally correct.
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Old 05-19-2013, 01:15 PM   #37
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We were there when Hurricane Charlie rolled right thru Orlando in August 2004 and I believe a week or two later another hurricane went thru also.
There were three instances of park closures due to hurricanes in 2004 - Charley (partial closure), Frances (2 full days closure) and Jeanne (1 full day closure).
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