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Old 01-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #316
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agreeing with previous poster. I assume along the lines you were saying about checking in after lunch etc. Do they say the check in time is 3:00 and check out 11:00 or some such? In that case, you would ( as you said ) not be there for breakfast and lunch the first day and not there for lunch and dinner the last day.
That makes sense. We always try to maximize the time spent at WDW and get the earliest flight on our arrival day (arrives at 9 am) and the latest flight on our departure day (departs at 7) so I guess we just have to pay out of pocket. Oh well!

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #317
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I'm sure there's a link somewhere on here but it's hard for me to find as I'm on my phone, but if you google "historical disney promo dates" several results should come up showing you when free dining has been offered over the last 5-6 years, and when the deals were released. I believe Mousesavers has a great chart that you can look at to get a pretty good idea of when to expect it.

Unless you go through a travel agent that pro actively looks for deals for you, discounts won't be applied automatically. You'll have to call WDW Reservations and have the CM modify your reservation to include the discount. Remember that you can generally only use one discount code. If you happen to get a room discount code, you can't also add a free dining code - you have to crunch the numbers (or have a CM do it) and see which deal would be best.
There's no reason to Google the dates, they are on the first page of this thread.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #318
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I think the August - September free dining dates will come out around April 25. There's and outside chance it could be May 16, but probably late April.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #319
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I think the August - September free dining dates will come out around April 25. There's and outside chance it could be May 16, but probably late April.


Well that is very good news!!! We are going regardless but would love FD....
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:01 PM   #320
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That may be optomistic as there are rumors about there being either NO free dining offered, or being offered only to Moderate & Deluxe, and even then a possibility that it will be QS only. Just sayin' ...
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That may be optomistic as there are rumors about there being either NO free dining offered, or being offered only to Moderate & Deluxe, and even then a possibility that it will be QS only. Just sayin' ...
Free dining was started so WDW could fill the parks and resorts during the height of hurricane season. August/September is still the height of hurricane season and they will still need to fill those rooms.

I'm not sure where the rumor that free dining will be QS for all level resorts came from. Other than the fact they have offered that promo to UK visitors in the past, but the UK free dining offers have never had any baring on US free dining offers.
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I don't know where the rumors came from but last year there were pins sent out for free dining. The offer was QS for value and mods and reg. DDP for deluxe. Our pin was for June. I have a guess that they were trying this out to see if they could still get people to book with just free QSDP.
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I don't know where the rumors came from but last year there were pins sent out for free dining. The offer was QS for value and mods and reg. DDP for deluxe. Our pin was for June. I have a guess that they were trying this out to see if they could still get people to book with just free QSDP.
You're right there were some summer pin codes that had free QS for mods. But, the general public FD codes that were released after that and the FD bounce back offers were QS for values and Regular/Basic FD for Mods and Deluxe resorts. Generally pin codes aren't going to dictate what the general public offers will be. Anything is possible when it comes to Disney and their discounts, but I'm just not seeing the Free Dining situation as bleak as others.
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I am certainly HOPING for FD as I have some friends going the end of September and it will really help them out. For them it is a matter of FD and 8 nights or 5 nights w/o FD.

Agreed, you never know with Disney. I am headed there May 13 myself & hoping to book a BB - whatever it may offer.
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I think the August - September free dining dates will come out around April 25. There's and outside chance it could be May 16, but probably late April.
Woohoo!!! I hope you're right .... Trying to wait patiently. Do you have any educated guess on IF the promo IS for free dining, what the promo dates might be?

Also, a few threads back I think I saw you mention that you keep a Disney travel blog ... Would you mind sharing the link? I'd be interested in reading! Thanks!!
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Woohoo!!! I hope you're right .... Trying to wait patiently. Do you have any educated guess on IF the promo IS for free dining, what the promo dates might be?

Also, a few threads back I think I saw you mention that you keep a Disney travel blog ... Would you mind sharing the link? I'd be interested in reading! Thanks!!
I think the late summer/early FD dates will probably be August 24 - September 24 or 28. If they really need to fill rooms it could be August 18 - September 24 or 28, give or take a day or two.

My travel blog is from the moms perspective of traveling with a large family and saving money. Disney and free dining are really only headliner topics on there about 3 or 4 times per year - but super hot topics nonetheless. I track and report historic and current discount info for many different travel companies, but I'm a Disney fan EVERY day :-) I don't really feel comfortable sharing my blog name or link on this forum. I've already been told on this board that it is "obnoxious" and "condescending" for me to even mention that I work for a travel site or blog about discounts like free dining. Just don't want to bring any negativity from people like that to my everyday work and life. Though I certainly don't think you would fall in that category :-)
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I understand that .... I have no interest in judging anyone ... Just a pure Disney fan who likes to read up and plan!!
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I think the August - September free dining dates will come out around April 25. There's and outside chance it could be May 16, but probably late April.
Are you just guessing, or do a have a reliable source giving you that information?
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, I don't really feel comfortable sharing my blog name or link on this forum. I've already been told on this board that it is "obnoxious" and "condescending" for me to even mention that I work for a travel site or blog about discounts like free dining. Just don't want to bring any negativity from people like that to my everyday work and life. Though I certainly don't think you would fall in that category :-)
Wow I just don't understand ppl. This is a wonderful place to learn, get and give tips I never understood why some ppl feel the need to have not only such a terrible attitude but so demeaning of others sometimes on the forum! Such a downer!

So Sorry you had to deal with that!!
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Are you just guessing, or do a have a reliable source giving you that information?
Just an educated prediction. Most travel, discount, and Disney bloggers think that's the release date this year - a select few are predicting May 16.
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