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Old 04-02-2006, 10:03 AM   #1
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Can Someone please help explain the free meal deal?

So I heard free meals in Aug and Sept. The same meal plan as the $37 plan (Counter, table and...),

So my questions:
Is it for everyone or just dvc?
How do I find out more?
Where do I sign up?
Why would disney give out $37* 4 people * 5 days = $750 savings per trip?


This just sounds to good of a deal
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Old 04-02-2006, 10:16 AM   #2
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It does not apply to DVC. You have to buy it through CRO, including full price room, at least 1 day MYW ticket.

It's just another way of promoting a discount. Rather than offering a percentage off the room, they are throwing in the dining plan but you pay full price for the room.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:21 PM   #3
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Another name for the plan: "Kids are back in school - hurricanes are comin' - Let's fill up the remaining vacant rooms - Free Dining - Rack Rate plus tickets" Plan
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:22 PM   #4
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Another name for the plan: "Kids are back in school - hurricanes are comin' - Let's fill up the remaining vacant rooms - Free Dining - Rack Rate plus tickets" Plan

Exactly
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:50 PM   #5
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Another name for the plan: "Kids are back in school - hurricanes are comin' - Let's fill up the remaining vacant rooms - Free Dining - Rack Rate plus tickets" Plan

LOL
Ain't it the truth!!
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:53 PM   #6
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Another name for the plan: "Kids are back in school - hurricanes are comin' - Let's fill up the remaining vacant rooms - Free Dining - Rack Rate plus tickets" Plan

Exactly!
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:49 PM   #7
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Hey it worked great for DH's Extravagant Birthday Trip II. 3 nights at Pop and 1 day tickets (still in the drawer -- we had APs). Ate at Teppanyaki (when you could still order anything from the menu) and California Grill (may I recommend the Wine Room)-- tab would have been at least $140 there! This year it won't tempt me; we're coming for 4 nights during F&W, and maybe MNSSHP too.
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:53 PM   #8
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So this is no good for DVC. That sucks
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Old 04-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #9
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Nope, Disney wants all your money, your payment for your dues, your maintenance fees, and now the Dining Plan. They ain't giving you nuthin' for free. Besides someone posted we were all rich anyway.
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Old 04-02-2006, 03:27 PM   #10
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Nope, Disney wants all your money, your payment for your dues, your maintenance fees, and now the Dining Plan. They ain't giving you nuthin' for free. Besides someone posted we were all rich anyway.
Wow, I didn't know I was rich.
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Old 04-02-2006, 03:56 PM   #11
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Another name for the plan: "Kids are back in school - hurricanes are comin' - Let's fill up the remaining vacant rooms - Free Dining - Rack Rate plus tickets" Plan
With the added bonus of making sure that you don't do anything offsite. Even with the dining plan being free people will feel guilty about not using up all of their points. The whole dining plan has been a master stroke of marketing.
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Old 04-02-2006, 05:35 PM   #12
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So this is no good for DVC. That sucks
But it DOES work for DVC, just not on points.

You could get a Studio at BWV for one night for about 9 points (approximately $40 in dues, or about $60-$70 total cost if you include the Membership purchase price previously paid (prorated over the life of the contract)), and buy your own meal somewhere, OR....

You could reserve the room for one night through CRO for $340 ($305 rack rate plus tax), and get a 'free' meal.

The choice is still yours.
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But it DOES work for DVC, just not on points.

You could get a Studio at BWV for one night for about 9 points (approximately $40 in dues, or about $60-$70 total cost if you include the Membership purchase price previously paid (prorated over the life of the contract)), and buy your own meal somewhere, OR....

You could reserve the room for one night through CRO for $340 ($305 rack rate plus tax), and get a 'free' meal.

The choice is still yours.
... plus they'd also need to buy at least a 1day MYW pass with that "Free Dining" package - add another $63 plus tax!
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Old 04-02-2006, 06:01 PM   #14
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.......(snip).....You could get a Studio at BWV for one night for about 9 points (approximately $40 in dues, or about $60-$70 total cost if you include the Membership purchase price previously paid (prorated over the life of the contract)), and buy your own meal somewhere, OR....

You could reserve the room for one night through CRO for $340 ($305 rack rate plus tax), and get a 'free' meal.

The choice is still yours.
Not quite true. If you book room for cash through CRO, you can't get the Dining Plan (free or otherwise) unless you also buy at least a 1 day/1 park MYW ticket and stay for a minimum number of nights at rack rate - Not sure if the minimum is still 3 nights or if Disney has upped it to 5.

No ticket requirement and no minimum stay to add the DP to a DVC resort points ressie. You do have to pay for the DP, though.

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So this is no good for DVC. That sucks
Maybe not. Is it better to get the DP for free? Or better to spend less for your total vacation as a whole?

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Old 04-02-2006, 06:02 PM   #15
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As a recent purchaser into DVC it did seem odd that they do not have more tangible benefits for DVC members?

The obvious short sighted answer is they got your money.... but in the long run it is cheaper to offer old small token / loyalty perks to DVC members (doesn't have to be free meals.. it could be priorty dinner reservations, line access, birthday club, etc.).

The boards are all fast to point out the room rate, but you need to factor in all the variables of unused points, inflation, pre-purchase dividands, etc... it is a many years before you breakeven IF you use 100% of your points the most efficient way (at DVC only) --- thus the age old rent vs. buy debate.

In the end, we buy for personal reasons (I did...), but it is not a money issue, I wish Disney would recognize the loyalty we provide. (PS> if they can do the discount on AP, surely they can do it on other items).
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