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Old 08-01-2013, 12:28 PM   #3406
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WooHoo so happy! Systems are back up. I had a reservation for October that I needed to change to December. Was able to change my reservation from POR to CBR for Dec 14 to 20 with Free DDP. Total time on call 40 minutes. That doesn't include the 30 minutes prior to the call doing redial after redial. I also have reservations for 'Ohana, 1900 Park Fare and a few other places I wanted all within the 5 to 7:30 hours for dinner.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #3407
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Thanks to all the encouragers and sharers of wisdom here at the DIS. My family and I were able to save MUCH money and have upgraded to WL and CR in a split stay Oct30 - Nov 10. Again, many earnest thanks for all the help.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:05 PM   #3408
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The CM we spoke to on the phone told us to keep trying each day, because they're releasing the offer in stages, so more FD places will become available...

Not sure if that's true or not?!
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:23 PM   #3409
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The CM we spoke to on the phone told us to keep trying each day, because they're releasing the offer in stages, so more FD places will become available...

Not sure if that's true or not?!
If so this will make so many people happy. That explains why FD can be available fo rmonths
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:42 PM   #3410
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OK, I have a question and it may not go on this board. If not, so sorry!

We are booked at POFQ and got royally screwed in this so-called "deal." Now it does say we could get room discount. My question is, should I call now and apply that 20% discount or wait, hold out and hope POFQ is added to the FD plan? Should I wait and hope rooms open at POR for free dining? What do the experts advise for us poor sots who chose POFQ or other non FD resorts? TIA.

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Old 08-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #3411
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OK, I have a question and it may not go on this board. If not, so sorry!

We are booked at POFQ and got royally screwed in this so-called "deal." Now it does say we could get room discount. My question is, should I call now and apply that 20% discount or wait, hold out and hope POFQ is added to the FD plan? Should I wait and hope rooms open at POR for free dining? What do the experts advise for us poor sots who chose POFQ or other non FD resorts? TIA.

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Take anything you can get now, and keep checking for something better. Good luck!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #3412
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waiting and waiting paid off

wow i held on for over a hour and then i was notified the the system had crashed
thankfully i am not a quitter , i got through and was able to change our existing reservation from CSR to CBR, pirate room.
i was alil disappointed but the savings make up for it
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:30 PM   #3413
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We had reservations at POFQ too, but couldn't pass up the FD offer. Tried to book POR but those rooms were gone by 7:30am. So we decided to book CSR. Just as long as we got the FD, I'm not going to be picky this trip. I will be calling frequently though to see if POR has any rooms open up. I would go ahead and book FD wherever you can get it.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:31 PM   #3414
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WHEW! After holding my breath all day my TA finally emailed me back and said we are good to go. We already had our package booked for Nov. 15 - 24th at POP so we just needed to add the dining. Luckily we didn't have to make any changes. Now to pay off the last bit of our package.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:33 PM   #3415
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We are booked at POFQ and got royally screwed in this so-called "deal."

Totally NOT happy today, Disney, thanks for that.
I guess I don't understand how you think you got screwed by any means?

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Old 08-02-2013, 06:59 AM   #3416
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WHEW! After holding my breath all day my TA finally emailed me back and said we are good to go. We already had our package booked for Nov. 15 - 24th at POP so we just needed to add the dining. Luckily we didn't have to make any changes. Now to pay off the last bit of our package.
Seems like there will be a bunch of us there during this week.

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Old 08-02-2013, 07:57 AM   #3417
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I guess I don't understand how you think you got screwed by any means?

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It's how I feel. I'm far from the only one who feels this way and rightfully so. I'm sorry you don't understand. I guess if a ton of people were offered a great deal, but you were randomly excluded from it, you'd be fine with it, but I'm not OK with that.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:16 AM   #3418
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OK, I have a question and it may not go on this board. If not, so sorry!

We are booked at POFQ and got royally screwed in this so-called "deal." Now it does say we could get room discount. My question is, should I call now and apply that 20% discount or wait, hold out and hope POFQ is added to the FD plan? Should I wait and hope rooms open at POR for free dining? What do the experts advise for us poor sots who chose POFQ or other non FD resorts? TIA.

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If POFQ is the only resort you will consider.... don't count on it and take the room discount. Or if savings is more important, consider another resort. I/ was hoping for POR but only royal rooms were available and I didn't want that. So, I booked Coronado Springs with the free dining special. My next choice was Caribbean Beach. I'm saving a lot more with free dining at CSR compared to room discount at POR... no problem... CSR has some nice features and I'm sure I'll enjoy the stay.

When comparing prices.... it's always best to compare exact numbers. We stayed at the Polynesian one year with a near 40% discount which gave us more savings than free dining. Another year, we stayed at a value resort with free dining and paid to upgrade from QS to the regular dining plan. The room discount special would have saved very little. Generally, the more people you have in the room and lower cost of the room - free dining is better. If less people and expensive room (deluxe, villa, suite, etc.) - room discount is often better.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:17 AM   #3419
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It's how I feel. I'm far from the only one who feels this way and rightfully so. I'm sorry you don't understand. I guess if a ton of people were offered a great deal, but you were randomly excluded from it, you'd be fine with it, but I'm not OK with that.
POFQ never gets discounts or if it does it's 5%. It so small and very popular so no need to offer a discount.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:53 AM   #3420
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Disney is a business. Most resort businesses choose discounts based on capacity levels. For example, if the capacity level has reached the 80% mark 120 days out the resort will probably not offer a discount.

Most discount deals require compromise. You have a right to say no, but then you don't get the discount.

Everyone has a choice to compromise or not.

Personally, I would switch to get a good deal and free dining is a good deal.

I'm skipping Disney this year, but I'm glad to see the free dining is still around for the fall/winter.
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