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Old 03-09-2011, 10:01 AM   #271
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Help!

Can somebody please confirm my understanding of the various discount types and how they can be used? I've been to DL once but have never been to WDW and this is a whole new and confusing world for me! We're planning a trip for fall 2012 (we are having a Disney wedding) and I know it's a long time away but I like to be organised early! We will definitely be staying in a Disney resort, most likely one of the Port Orleans, and possibly a Deluxe for a few nights around the actual wedding. So what I'm wondering is:

1. We will get APs with the wedding package (since they are free I'm not really fussed if we have to buy park tickets as well to be eligible for certain discounts). If we use our APs and don't buy park tickets does this mean we are not eligible to purchase a dining plan? I know AP holders get a discount on Tables of Wonderland passes, but I don't think we would really benefit from buying one.. the dining plans on the other hand sound great.

2. If free dining is offered, it is my understanding that it can't be used in combination with any other discount (e.g. room discounts). Is that correct?

3. Can you receive free dining if you have an AP or do you need actual park tickets?

4. Is my best chance of getting a PIN code to somehow give WDW my email address? Unfortunately because I live in Australia they won't post me a planning DVD so I can't give my details that way. Is there some kind of newsletter I can sign up to or something?

5. I know that nobody knows for sure when free dining will be offered, or who will get a PIN, but in the past has it been offered in early November (before Thanksgiving)? And if so; was it to the general public or only the lucky people to receive PINs?

Thank you SO much for your help!
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:58 AM   #272
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1. We will get APs with the wedding package (since they are free I'm not really fussed if we have to buy park tickets as well to be eligible for certain discounts). If we use our APs and don't buy park tickets does this mean we are not eligible to purchase a dining plan? I know AP holders get a discount on Tables of Wonderland passes, but I don't think we would really benefit from buying one.. the dining plans on the other hand sound great.
Typically there is a "paid" dining offer for those who hold Annual Passes. Ask when you book. (This isn't a discount it's regular price)

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2. If free dining is offered, it is my understanding that it can't be used in combination with any other discount (e.g. room discounts). Is that correct?
Correct. Only one discount offer per booking may be used.

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3. Can you receive free dining if you have an AP or do you need actual park tickets?
And typically there is no alternate offer for those with AP's for FREE DINING. Free dining requires ticket purchase almost always.


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4. Is my best chance of getting a PIN code to somehow give WDW my email address? Unfortunately because I live in Australia they won't post me a planning DVD so I can't give my details that way. Is there some kind of newsletter I can sign up to or something?
Sign up @ Disney.com and do the online vacation planning thing. That will work too.

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5. I know that nobody knows for sure when free dining will be offered, or who will get a PIN, but in the past has it been offered in early November (before Thanksgiving)? And if so; was it to the general public or only the lucky people to receive PINs?
I'm going by memory.. but while I know it has been offered in that calendar month before T-Giving once or twice.. I wouldn't count on that. Sometimes they extend past end of October.. but .. no guarantees.
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:55 PM   #273
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Quick question:
What if I make my reservation now with no discount, then later on receive a PIN but don't realize it...

Will Disney let me know somehow I have an unused PIN (via confirmation of reservation later down the line, or a phone call, even upon check-in, etc.) or will they just apply it on their own if no other discount has been applied yet??? Or nothing at all?

If they frown upon guests calling to ask if a PIN has been attached to a name (or if they won't give the info through the reservation system anymore), how does one truly make sure there's no PIN? Just take a chance and call 45 days out and hope you get someone nice?

Disney is up-to-date on our email and snail mail addresses, but if a PIN comes to my husband who isn't ACTIVELY looking for it... Chances are it will never see the light of day.

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Old 03-12-2011, 12:58 PM   #274
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Quick question:
What if I make my reservation now with no discount, then later on receive a PIN but don't realize it...

Will Disney let me know somehow I have an unused PIN (via confirmation of reservation later down the line, or a phone call, even upon check-in, etc.) or will they just apply it on their own if no other discount has been applied yet??? Or nothing at all?

If they frown upon guests calling to ask if a PIN has been attached to a name (or if they won't give the info through the reservation system anymore), how does one truly make sure there's no PIN? Just take a chance and call 45 days out and hope you get someone nice?

Disney is up-to-date on our email and snail mail addresses, but if a PIN comes to my husband who isn't ACTIVELY looking for it... Chances are it will never see the light of day.

Thank you!
I do not think Disney alerts you to the fact that a pin # has been attached to your name. At least I do not recall anyone saying that they have. I usually ask about a pin when I call to make changes , add flights, add room requests.

I had to chuckle a little when you said about your DH getting an email, since I bug mine all the time asking if he has checked his Junk mail folder.
Disney did send him a pin , thank goodness it came snail mail
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:40 PM   #275
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good info, thanks
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:35 PM   #276
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I'm off to sign up and ask for a DVD then since I'm planning for our first trip this fall.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #277
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can these PINs/CODEs be entered somewhere online when booking the reservation? Or added to an exisitng reservation online - or do you have to actually call them?
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:22 PM   #278
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You have to call them, but they are always very helpful!
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:49 PM   #279
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I will make sure to have the number handy at all time then! Thanks!!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:57 AM   #280
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Here's a question I never thought I'd have to ask, but how long do you have until personal PIN codes expire?

See, I got a PIN in my email on Feb 12 and I thought, "Okay, great! Let me get the gang together and see when they want to go." It's taken me until now to get everyone to commit to a date, so I go tonight to get the pin out of my email and see that it says to, "Hurry now and book before Feb 28!"

Does that mean my PIN code is expired and I can no longer use it? And why would they send me a PIN if I've only got a few weeks to act upon it? Yikes!

We're still planning on going, but if the PIN's not valid, we may be staying offsite instead.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:44 AM   #281
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Yes...it is expired

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Here's a question I never thought I'd have to ask, but how long do you have until personal PIN codes expire?

See, I got a PIN in my email on Feb 12 and I thought, "Okay, great! Let me get the gang together and see when they want to go." It's taken me until now to get everyone to commit to a date, so I go tonight to get the pin out of my email and see that it says to, "Hurry now and book before Feb 28!"

Does that mean my PIN code is expired and I can no longer use it? And why would they send me a PIN if I've only got a few weeks to act upon it? Yikes!

We're still planning on going, but if the PIN's not valid, we may be staying offsite instead.
The "book before" date is the expiration date.
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:05 PM   #282
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Wrong Name Pin Code ?

My teenage son thought he would be funny, went into my WDW account and ordered a free vacation DVD under the name Ben Dover. Juvenile joke, AUGH! So- now we get advertisement materials from WDW for the Dover Family! it was sort of funny until I got a free dining pin code in the mail for Ben Dover during the exact June 2011 dates I would need it for. So- I called the Reservationist and embarrasingly told her the whole sordid story. She said since it is in the wrong name, I can't use it. Even though it came to my address and it is my child that pulled this. There is no Ben Dover so, obvious his name can't be on teh ressie.

Anyone ever have any success getting pin code name issues straightened out? So frustrated...
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My teenage son thought he would be funny, went into my WDW account and ordered a free vacation DVD under the name Ben Dover. Juvenile joke, AUGH! So- now we get advertisement materials from WDW for the Dover Family! it was sort of funny until I got a free dining pin code in the mail for Ben Dover during the exact June 2011 dates I would need it for. So- I called the Reservationist and embarrasingly told her the whole sordid story. She said since it is in the wrong name, I can't use it. Even though it came to my address and it is my child that pulled this. There is no Ben Dover so, obvious his name can't be on teh ressie.

Anyone ever have any success getting pin code name issues straightened out? So frustrated...
Well, I called back in and spoke with someone else and they were able to switch the name on the pin code to my correct name. So- I guess it pays to call back!!
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The "book before" date is the expiration date.
Thanks for letting me know. I still have no idea why they'd send me a PIN code that expired barely two and a half weeks after it arrived. Well, unless we get another one in the next couple of months, offsite rental condo it is.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:32 PM   #285
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I learned to pay close attention to all info on the offer. The dates it can be used, book by date (expiration date) and phone number to call to use. I booked on time but then tried to change my dates to another allowed time and one CM told me I couldn't because the book by date/pin code was expired. I called another one who said no at first but then she called someone else who allowed her to make the change in dates at the pin code rate (40% off). Just depends on which CM you get sometimes.
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